If you are looking for a quick sweet treat that is not filled with preservatives, and is easy to make, then this is what you need. It serves as breakfast on the run, snack, and dessert at my house. The recipe is very adaptable – you can substitute the fruit, nuts and peanut butter to suit your taste or to clear out your pantry :). Just keep the proportions close to what is below. You will get a gazillion results when you google this recipe – this version is a combination of many recipes that I have ‘personalized’.
No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars
(16 bars – 8X8 pan)
- 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (NOT instant oats – it get too mushy)
- 1 1/2 cup roasted almonds, walnuts, and/or cashews (coarsely chopped) – (use a combination or just one nut that you like)
- 2/3 cup raisins, cranberries, and/or chopped dates (use a combination or just one fruit that you like)
- 1/2 cup flax seed powder
- 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional) – I like to use mini chips
1) In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, dry fruit, chocolate chips (if using) and flax powder and mix well.
2) In another bowl, microwave the peanut butter for a few seconds till just melted, stirring regularly.
3) Mix honey / maple syrup with peanut butter and stir well.
4) Add to oatmeal mixture and mix till well incorporated.
5) Press into an 8X8 pan and refrigerate for an hour or two. Cut into 16 bars. Store in an air tight box in the refrigerator.
NOTE: If using a coated metal pan, you can prevent knife marks by lining it with a piece of foil or parchment paper with the edges overlapping the sides. Once the bars are set, hold the ends of the paper to remove from the pan, and then slice.