Close up of squares of chocolate no-bake oat bars with confetti on a wire rack

No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars

  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American


Easy to make, no oven required.

They are perfect to make with kids.



  • 3/4 cup (70g) traditional oats
  • Large pinch of salt
  • 1 cup ground plain chocolate cookies
  • 2/3 cup (80g) confectioners sugar
  • 5.5 oz semi-sweet chocolate (chopped, divided)
  • 3/4 cup (220g) regular peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cream
  • Sprinkles for decoration


  1. Have ready a buttered or sprayed 8-inch square pan lined with parchment paper.
  2. Heat peanut butter and butter until you can mix them together.
  3. Add oats, salt, cookies, sugar and HALF the chopped chocolate.
  4. Mix well with spatula or wooden spoon until no dry parts remain. It might take a few minutes.
  5. The dough will be shiny and dark.
  6. Put it in the prepared pan covering it as even and as smooth as possible.
  7. You might aid yourself with the back of a spoon that is lightly dipped in water.
  8. Refrigerate for several hours until it solidifies. You can speed this process by putting it in the freezer, but make sure it doesn’t freeze completely.
  9. When you’re ready to cut it, take the whole bar from the pan, and heat the cream with the chocolate until melted and smoothe.
  10. Pour it over the bars. You can spread it with a spatula, or use a piping bag or fork to make a pattern.
  11. Sprinkle some confetti over it if desired.


You can replace the peanut butter for same amount of dulce de leche or almond butter.

Keywords: no-bake oat bars, chocolate oat bars