No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars


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These no bake chocolate oat bars are an easy 5-ingredient dessert recipe that comes together in minutes!

chocolate oatmeal bars.

Chocolate and oatmeal are a pretty perfect combination.

If you’ve tried my chocolate baked oatmeal before, you already know this.

Using this combination to make dessert bars has been a no-brainer and these chocolate oatmeal bars are a firm favorite!

My chocolate oatmeal bars recipe is made from a mixture of oats, chocolate chips, maple syrup, and peanut butter that are pressed into a baking pan and chilled until they become firm and chewy. Inspired by my crunch bars and kit kat bars, they make a fabulous chocolate fix.

Table of Contents
  1. Why you’ll love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make no bake chocolate oat bars
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently asked questions
  7. More easy no bake desserts to try
  8. No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars (Recipe Card)

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It’s so versatile. It could be a snack, a dessert, a healthy treat, or something to bring to an office potluck or brunch! 
  • Minimal ingredients. Five easy ingredients and five minutes of preparation are all you’ll need to whip these delicious bars up, and it’s completely foolproof.
  • Dietary friendly. They also happen to be completely vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. 
  • Perfect texture and flavor. Taste-wise, they are sweet and LOADED with chocolate and peanut butter flavor. In terms of texture, they are somewhat chewy, thick, and satisfying- you won’t stop at one! 
no bake chocolate oatmeal bars.

Ingredients needed

These oatmeal bars call for simple pantry staples that you may already have on hand.

  • Rolled Oats. Also known as old-fashioned oats. They give the oatmeal bars the ideal chewy texture. You can use quick-cooking oats if that is all you have on hand.
  • Peanut Butter. Opt for the smooth and creamy variety with no added sugar. If you can’t tolerate peanuts or just aren’t a fan of them, you can use almond butter or cashew butter. If you’d like these bars to be completely nut-free, try using tahini or sunflower seed butter.
  • Chocolate Chips. Any chocolate chips of choice will work, including dairy free and sugar free ones. I typically use semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Pure maple Syrup. A liquid sweetener makes the bars smoother to bite into, along with some creaminess.
  • Coconut Oil. Keeps the bars stable at room temperature but is also easier to bite into! Opt for refined coconut oil to ensure there is no coconut flavor!

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

How to make no bake chocolate oat bars

Making them requires very little prep, and the hard part is waiting for them to firm up!

Step 1- Prep. Start by placing peanut butter, coconut oil, chocolate chips, and maple syrup into a microwave-safe bowl. Alternatively, you can use a saucepan. Melt the ingredients until smooth and gloss. Stir through your oats, ensuring it is properly mixed into them.

Step 2- Set. Finally, transfer the chocolate mixture into a lined pan (8 x 8 inches works well for me). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes so that it firms up. Once firm, slice up into bars. 

Recipe tips and variations

  • Use a slightly wet knife to slice these into bars. It will make it so much easier to cut into.
  • If you choose the microwave option, keep a firm eye while everything is heating up. Chocolate can burn quite easily.
  • Feel free to add some mix-ins like nuts, seeds, or dried fruit.

Storage instructions

To store: Leftover no-bake bars can keep well at room temperature in a sealed container. They will keep well, covered for up to 1 week. To keep them longer, store them in the refrigerator. 

To freeze: Place chocolate oat bars in a freezer-friendly container or ziplock bag, and store them in the freezer. They will keep well frozen for up to 6 months. 

no bake chocolate oat bars.

Frequently asked questions

Are these gluten free?

When made with certified gluten free rolled oats, these bars are suitable for celiacs or those with a gluten intolerance.

Are these healthy?

Compared to traditional oatmeal bars made with processed sugar, butter, and margarine, these ones are a much healthier option, thanks to the wholesome ingredient used.

Can I bake chocolate oatmeal bars?

This is a no bake recipe for chocolate oatmeal bars and the combination of ingredients used reflects that. If you’d like a baked version, try baked oats.

More easy no bake desserts to try

chocolate no bake bars

No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

5 from 279 votes
These chocolate oatmeal bars need just 5 ingredients to make and yield thick, chewy, and delicious bars that require no baking!
Servings: 24 Bars
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 6 minutes



  • Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish or deep baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add rolled oats into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, combine all your other ingredients and heat until melted. Remove from microwave and whisk until completely incorporated.
  • Pour the chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the oats and mix until combined. Pour into the lined baking dish and refrigerate until firm, for at least 30 minutes. Remove and cut into bars. 


Serving: 1BarCalories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSodium: 51mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 18g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love all your recipes, they’re tasty, healthy and easy to make! I have an unhealthy question to ask, can some of the ingredients get substituted for snickers bar and butter? Apologies if this is offensive!

    1. Not offensive at all! Yes, we can transform this into a snickers slice. Swap out half the oats for chopped up snickers pieces and also some extra nuts 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. Hands down the easiest and tastiest no bake oatmeal bars out there ..and I have tried a few. And I hate baking. 🙃

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