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Chewy No-Bake Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Oat Bars

1 hr + 10 min



10 ingredients or less




These wholesome homemade bars are easy to make and are great on-the-go snacks. The bits of chocolate satisfy the ol' sweet-tooth, while the oats and peanut butter fill the belly sufficiently to keep you energized until mealtime.



1 hr + 10 min


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  1. Mix together the flaxseeds and water in a small bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes to gel.
  2. Add half the oats, all the dates, flaxseed mixture, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt to the food processor and blend until well combined.
  3. Add in the remaining oats and chocolate, and stir together using a spoon.
  4. Press firmly into a 8 x 12 inch (20 x 30 cm) baking dish.
  5. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to firm. Remove from the fridge, cut, and enjoy!


  • Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Sukh - Oct. 10, 2022, 9:52 p.m.

Hi Sadia, you are such a blessing for this world for sure! I am absolutely loving your creations. Thank you so much to you, your partner & your team for creating delicious recipes and making such a friendly website. All the videos reflect how Awesome you are. I was little doubtful regarding the oats without baking but it turned out amazing. Much love❤️

PUL Team - Oct. 11, 2022, 4:09 a.m.

Thank you for the glowing feedback and support, Sukh, you're too kind! We're so glad the bars were enjoyed as well 😊

Kris - July 2, 2022, 2:16 a.m.

Hi :) Will this still work if I omit the flaxseed/water step? Is that just to make the consistency right for making into bars? I’m wondering if I can make it like regular granola instead by not using the flaxseed (mainly because I don’t have any lol)

PUL Team - July 2, 2022, 3:59 p.m.

Hey there, Kris, that's an interesting idea! The ground flax seeds in water form a gel that acts like glue to help the bars bind together. You could omit it for crumbly bars if desired. To mimic granola though, fewer dates and peanut butter may be needed in the mixture otherwise it will likely be too sticky. Perhaps following ratios from another granola recipe or using an alternative recipe would help. We have a bunch of the blog if you're interested and haven't already seen:…

Claudia Biancalana - June 19, 2022, 1:30 p.m.

I loved

Erica - June 9, 2022, 5:40 p.m.

I share this recipe with everyone I know! It's really easy to make using simple ingredients - but most importantly it's delicious! Definitely a crowd pleaser :)

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 7:49 p.m.

Oh it means so much, Erica, thank you ✨

johanna - April 26, 2022, 1:59 p.m.

THESE ARE SO GOOD!! I'm on our 3rd batch this month. DELICIOUS and not unhealthy ;) and they come together so quick. YUM. Thank you for this heaven in a bar! groetjes uit Brussel

PUL Team - April 26, 2022, 9:35 p.m.

So thrilled they're being enjoyed, Johanna, thank you!

Yuri - March 10, 2022, 11:50 p.m.

Hi! Can these be baked? I can’t seem to tolerate raw oats. If yes, at what temperature and for how long?

PUL Team - March 11, 2022, 4:47 a.m.

Hey Yuri! We haven't tested it out, although imagine it could work. Perhaps 350°F (180°C), and baking on the centre rack of the oven until lightly golden, about 15 minutes, may be one approach to start 😊

Monica - Feb. 26, 2022, 5:40 a.m.

Perfect for school lunches and my son enjoys making them with me. I blend up the oats a bit first, so that they are finer. I also mix in a bit of chia with the flax seeds. Sometimes I use the immersion blender because clean up easier than the food processor.

PUL Team - Feb. 26, 2022, 9:10 p.m.

Aw sounds incredible, Monica, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with the bars 😊

Salina - Feb. 17, 2022, 5:34 p.m.

These are delightful, and very easy to make (though make for a sticky clean-up). I used chia seeds instead of flax, almond butter instead of peanut butter, almond extract instead of vanilla extract, and just a pinch of salt. They have a dessert-like quality to them, but are also wholesome and filling. It's nice that they will keep so long too.

PUL Team - Feb. 19, 2022, 1:57 a.m.

Hi Salina! Thank you for sharing the kind words and substitutions, sounds lovely 😍

Alexandra - Jan. 12, 2022, 11:59 a.m.

My all time favorite bar <3

Breanna - Dec. 24, 2021, 10:43 p.m.

These have become an almost weekly recipe in our house. They are delicious, sweet and easy to customize. I like adding pecans and coconut. I also like making these instead of buying bars at the grocery store. Thanks for an easy and quick recipe!

PUL Team - Dec. 25, 2021, 7:47 p.m.

We're so thrilled the bars are being enjoyed, Breanna, thank you for taking the time to share 😃

Manuela Weiss - Nov. 16, 2021, 5:26 p.m.

Thank you for the recipe, PUL! :) Made them today. Great snack!!

Fais - Nov. 4, 2021, 8:55 a.m.

Recently discovered your channel and never focused on sweet treat but I’m a fan of all these ingredients. Anyone know whether I can use my ‘bullet’ style blender for this. I’m a noob to all this. TIA.

PUL Team - Nov. 4, 2021, 4:10 p.m.

Hi there, Fais, welcome to the PUL community! We wouldn't advise using a basic bullet blender for this one as there isn't enough liquid and it could break. A food processor is better suited for a dryer mixture, such as this. It may be possible to use a high-powered blender with some added liquid (such as water or oil). Although if you hear any unusual noises or smell anything off, that would be a sign your blender isn't powerful enough.

We chat more about different kitchen tools in our kitchen essentials article in case you're interested and haven't seen it already (…) We hope this helps for now 🙂

Tanja - Oct. 6, 2021, 10:22 a.m.

We love these bars! We do have them often in our fridge to quickly grab and enjoy it!
Thank you for this awesome recipe!

Louise Magnusson🇸🇪 - Sept. 26, 2021, 3:51 p.m.

Very yummy and soft! These bars almost melt in the mouth, and I love the caramel-like flavour from cashew butter and dates. It was very sticky when flattening the paste and cutting the squares, so I really appreciate that the bars can be stored in a freezer. They barely need to thaw, which is optimal for a quick snack!

PUL Team - Sept. 26, 2021, 6:43 p.m.

Thanks for the review, Louise! The peanut butter and dates indeed make the mixture a bit sticky. Using freshly washed hands that are a bit damp may help. So happy the bars were enjoyed regardless 😊

Ephe - Sept. 9, 2021, 1:43 p.m.

How can I make it nut free for my son school lunch.

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2021, 1:55 a.m.

Hi Ephe, we'd recommend using seed butter in place of the peanut butter. For example, sunflower seed butter 🙂 All the best with back to school!

Summer🍂 - Sept. 1, 2021, 3:45 p.m.

Just did a autumn version of this yummy recipe and it turned out amazing, here’s what I changed/added for the 6 bars I made Incase anyone wants try it out : I took away about a tablespoon of the peanut butter and replaced it with pumpkin purée. I also added 1/4 teaspoon of homemade pumpkin spice. Finally I topped the bars off with 1 tbsp chopped apricots and 2 tbsp chopped pecans. Happy fall fellow cooks and thank you PUL🧡🍁

Summer🍂 - Sept. 1, 2021, 9:08 p.m.


PUL Team - Sept. 2, 2021, 2:47 a.m.

Mmm sounds so lovely, Summer, thank you for sharing your experience with this one! Sounds delicious 😍

Shana - July 24, 2021, 7:04 p.m.

I love these bars! They're quick and easy to prepare and they are quite filling and very delicious! I never get tired of them. I've added some chopped almonds, which added some crunch😋

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 7:21 p.m.

Mmm love the addition of nuts for crunch, Shana!

Lucy - July 20, 2021, 8:40 a.m.

I absolutely love the taste of these, but they didn’t firm up in the fridge for me but just remained crumbly. I wonder what I’m doing wrong.

PUL Team - July 20, 2021, 3:52 p.m.

Hi Lucy, thanks for the review! If the portion sizes of the ingredients were followed, we suspect the mixture may not have been firmly packed into the pan as much as it could be. Using your hands or the back of a spoon to press it into the pan should help the mixture stick together a bit more. If it seems too crumbly before pressing it in, you could also opt for adding a bit more nut butter to add a touch of stickiness. Do let us know if this helps! 🙂

Rosmari - July 9, 2021, 1:57 a.m.

Amé esta receta, queda maravilloso

Camille - March 29, 2021, 10:39 a.m.

Love it ! I made it multiple times and I don't get tired of it. Perfect rapid snack to make. Thank you for the recipe :)
I also changed the peanut butter for almond butter and it was even better.

Sadia @ PUL - March 29, 2021, 10:39 a.m.

So glad to hear you're loving the recipe, Camille - mmm almond butter sounds so good. Thanks so much for sharing 🤗