No bake peanut butter bars ready in less than 20 minutes with only 5 wholesome ingredients! These chewy granola bars are a household staple item that make the perfect breakfast or snack treat!
Who is ready for a super easy snack to make? Come on over! Lets make this one together because it takes no time at all, leaving more time to chat and less dishes to tackle.
No bake cookies and bars are a staple item in our home and I think you will love this new recipe as much as we do! Well, that is if no peanut allergies are involved. If there are, the recipe can be altered by supplementing any nut butter spread or seed butter for the peanut butter.
Anytime we buy the cereal bars from Trader Joe’s (ya know, the ones stuffed with mass amounts of sugary sweet fruit in the center) the boys go nut-zo! for them! I mean full screaming tantrums if they do not get one… or two… or three! The other day Chase (5) somehow convinced me to give him a cereal bar after he already ate french toast with syrup for breakfast. I would not care except for the fact that he had one already packed in is backpack for snack time at school.
Shortly later that day when the babysitter was watching the boys he convinced her to give him two more bars. Not one, but two! That means he just ate a whopping 4 bars full of sugar and preservatives! I swear those kids are like mini wolverines whenever they see a packaged bar of some sort. They just see em, grab em, then attack full throttle!
Thanks to that lovely experience it was time to try out a new no bake granola bar recipe that we can make from home. I wish you could be here to smell the gorgeous aromas of warm honey and peanut butter melting on the stove! There is another batch happening because these beauties were eaten way too fast!
These no bake peanut butter bars are fully gluten free (make sure to use gluten free quick cook oats)! It took less than 15 minutes to make after dinner while also cleaning up dishes. I keep a jar of peanut butter with chia seeds added on-hand. Chia seeds are packed with fiber and omega’s. If you do not have any on-hand, feel free to leave them out.
The next morning when the boys woke up viewing these for breakfast, my toddler devoured his in seconds. My older one (who is the pickier eater) had to take a teeny-tiny nibble first. Ya know, to make sure no secret veggies or onions were hidden or anything…lol. Then he followed like his bro and gobbled up the whole thing! Before we even got out the door for school all four of us ate the entire batch of peanut butter granola bars!
That is why I wish you could come smell the flavors of my house right now!
What is it about warm peanut butter that is so satisfying? Peanut butter is a legume that is incredibly healthy for the body. It is an important food to consume organic. Peanut butter can help you loose weight! It has lots of fiber and protein that fill you up longer. And well, who doesn’t love a good healthy weight loss!
I remember heading to elementary school with my lunch bag packed with a PB & J sammie ready to…. trade! But as an adult I freaking love them! How do you eat yours? Do you slice them in half and eat the center first? Or do you trim the edges, eating the crust first and saving the best for last – the creamy center. I save best for last.
The only problem with peanuts is it seems that now-a-days so many people have nut allergies, especially to peanuts.
That is probably because peanuts are prone to mold due to being grown in moist climates. Valencia peanuts, however, are the choice for peanut butter because they are typically grown in New Mexico, a dryer climate.
“Our government allows a certain level of aflatoxin on peanuts. This means that a certain level of mold (yes, mold) may be present on the peanuts that are sold to consumers. Mold on peanuts can be mostly attributed to the humid climates of Georgia and Virginia, where many peanuts are grown. 90% of the world’s Valencia peanuts are grown in New Mexico, where it is very dry, “You can almost be guaranteed that there won’t be any mold on those peanuts.” – Source
So when choosing peanut butter and peanuts, I agree and suggest to shoot for buying Valencia peanuts, and always organic when possible.
Back to no bake peanut butter bars. These can be made any time of the day but are perfect for a quick breakfast. They are packed with high fiber oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, whole grain rice puffs, and B Vitamin packed honey.
How to make no bake peanut butter bars:
To make these no bake peanut butter bars the honey and peanut butter needs to soften over the stove-top for a few minutes on low in a saucepan (or in a microwave). Once the peanut butter is melted slightly and blended with the honey (or maple syrup for vegan), remove it from the heat. Add the quick cook oats, rice cereal, vanilla and chia seed.
Then gently press the mixture into a pan (sprayed with cooking oil). Refrigerator or let cool before slicing.
Easy-peasy no bake peanut butter bars!
For the rice puff I suggest using rice puffs like Nature’s Path. They have a hearty texture. I do not suggest using Rice Krispies. They are great for marshmallow treats but they do not hold the chewy & crunchy texture in these peanut squares.
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup organic no stir peanut butter (make sure its not runny)
- 1 cup quick cook oats
- 1 cup rice puffs cereal
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds (optional for added omega's and fiber)
- Spray an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
- In a small saucepan heat the peanut butter and honey on low for about 10 minutes. Whisk together until slightly melted. Remove from heat. Or heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds and whisk to blend.
- Gently add the cereal, oats, vanilla and chia seeds. Mix until well blended.
- Press the mixture firmly into the pan. Make sure the top is evenly flattened. Let stand for 30 minutes in the refrigerator or freeze for 10-15 minutes until hardened. Cut into 10 rectangles.
- *Note, do not use a peanut butter that you have to mix. Use one that doesn't have extra oil.