Chewy No-bake Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Oat Bars

You betchya! Another one-bowl creation right here. 

Even though I love making food, I'm still human which means I'll take an opportunity to cut corners if granted. One-bowl recipes mean quick prep and quick clean-up time.

I can get down with that. 


Okay it's not actually a one-bowl creation. More like a one-food-processor creation... you'll see what I mean when you get to the recipe below :P

I'm someone who reaches for fresh fruit or a handful of nuts when I need a snack, but Robin has a sweet-tooth that isn't always satisfied with these options. To minimize the number of processed sweetened snacks in the house, I decided to make some homemade bars that are more wholesome than store-bought varieties. Plus the bits of chocolate satisfy the ol' sweet-tooth, while the oats and peanut butter fill the belly sufficiently to last until it's meal time. 


Dietitian's Recommendation: individually wrap each bar in cling wrap and store in the freezer for an easy grab-and-go snack. 

Here's to some wholesome snacking. 


Chewy No-bake Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Oat Bars

Recipe PDF

▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free 

Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 1 hr 10 min



2 Tbsp (15g) ground flax seeds

6 Tbsp (90mL) water

2 cups (180g) old-fashioned rolled oats (GF if desired), divided

3/4 (130g) cup pitted dates*

1/2 cup (125g) peanut butter

1/2 tsp (3mL) pure vanilla extract 

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup (40g) dark chocolate, chopped 



  1. Add flax seeds and water to the food processor and stir by hand, allowing it to sit for 5 minutes for the flax to gel. 

  2. Add 1 cup oats, dates,  peanut butter, vanilla and salt to the food processor and blend on high until all are well combined. 

  3. By hand, stir in the remaining 1 cup of oats and chocolate until well combined. 

  4. Press firmly into a  13x9” (33x23cm) baking pan. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to firm. Remove from the fridge, cut, and wrap individually to freeze for an easy grab-and-go snack. 


  1. *If dates are dry, soak in warm water for about 15 minutes to soften, then drain. 

  2. Variations: add up to 1/4 cup of any dried fruit, nuts or seeds of your liking. Substitute peanut butter for another nut or seed butter if desired. 

  3. Storage: store in the freezer, individually wrapped, for up to two months. 

Did You Try This Recipe?

Let me know how it went! Comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #pickuplimes 


❤ Sadia 

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