No Bake Chocolate & Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

3 minutes
August 2, 2021
Carole Jones
Minnesota is known for many things such as the beautiful land of 10,000 lakes, mind boggling long and cold winters, Garrison Kiellor, and our family favorite, the Twins.
What we are not known for are summer days so hot and humid that all outdoor activities, sports and recreation are put on hold. So hot and humid, even while sitting in a pool, you can’t stop sweating. So hot and humid, it actually makes you wonder how many more weeks until winter.

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal BarsThis past week has been complete torture for us Minnesotans. We can take -30 degrees like it is nothing but heat indexes of 115 – 120 degrees completely ruin us. I am one who will take the cold any day over what we have experienced this week. (Please remind me of this about halfway through February when I can’t take another day of Minnesota winter!)

To put it nicely, there is no way in h-e-double-hockey-sticks I was going to turn on the oven in my home. I began searching for a new no-bake cookie recipe and came upon this gem. Nothing but some bowls in the microwave required!
The original recipe calls for chocolate wafers, but the three stores in my town do not carry them, so in a moment of desperation, I substituted chocolate Teddy Grahams. If you try it with the original ingredient, please let me know how they turned out. My kids absolutely loved these bars and they are so pretty to boot!
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No Bake Chocolate & Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

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  • 9 ounces chocolate wafers, finely ground into 2 cups
  • 1 1/2 C old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/4 C powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C + 2 Tb unsalted butter
  • 1 C chunky peanut butter
  • 3/4 C smooth peanut butter
  • 1 3/4 C semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (1.5 ounce) Hersheys milk chocolate bar
  • 3 Tb smooth peanut butter


  1. Lightly spray the inside of a 9 x 13 cake pan. Combine waters, oats, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Melt butter in a medium bowl in the microwave bowl for 1 minute. Add the chunky peanut butter and the 3/4 C creamy peanut butter and whisk until smooth. Add the mixture to the wafer mixture and stir until combined. (I used my hands at the end to get it completely mixed).
  2. Press the mixture into the cake pan evenly then refrigerate for 30 minutes. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute then stir. If needed, microwave for another 20 or 30 seconds to completely melt. Spread onto the cooled bars in an even layer. Refrigerate again for 15-20 minutes until chocolate is firm.
  3. Microwave the remaining creamy peanut butter for 45 seconds until it is runny. Drizzle over the bars. Do the same with the milk chocolate and drizzle over the peanut butter. Refrigerate until hardened, about 30 minutes.
  4. To cut, warm your knife in hot water, then wipe off the water. Use the hot knife to cut through the chocolate easily.
  • Author: Carole Jones


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 317
  • Sugar: 21g
  • Sodium: 152mg
  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 9mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


Rosemarie Groner
10 years ago

These were SO easy to make! I couldn’t believe it! They’re in the fridge now, but I pinched a bit to try early and they were delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe! You rock!

10 years ago

So glad they turned out for you Rosemarie! Thanks for coming back and letting me know -Carole

Ananea Ihaaly
10 years ago

Oh man, i wish i could try but i’m allergic to peanut butter :’-(

9 years ago

Use Wow Butter it is peanut free but tastes pretty close for baking

9 years ago

Thanks for the great tip Shawna! -Carole

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