Over the years, I have always made those classic chocolate peanut butter oat no-bake cookies anytime I am short on time and need a dessert for a crowd, or just feeling lazy and want something sweet, or when it’s summer (or spring, or fall, or winter….) and I don’t want to turn on the oven, or when I’m staring into an almost-empty pantry,you get the point. These bars are basically those impossibly easy cookies actually made easier and gluten-free, too!
No-bake cookies are certainly not fancy or original, but they have remained one of my favorites treats over the years. My mom has been making no-bakes for as long as I can remember and I have continued to do so as I have grown up; I don’t know why it took me so long to make these into bar form! This recipe makes a small batch, but I often double it when expecting a crowd.
These bars are really tough to screw up, you just add the butter, sugar, milk, cocoa powder, and salt to a saucepan and boil for a minute…
Then mix in your peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, and stir in those oats!
With this version, you just press the mixture into a parchment paper lined baking dish and then comes the hard part…waiting for it to cool!
I love to add a bit of powdered sugar to the bars once they have cooled.
Have you ever made these classic no-bakes? What is your favorite go-to easy dessert?
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup (144 g) granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tbsp (10 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- Pinch kosher salt
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (128 g)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats, gluten-free , if desired (144 g)
- Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
- Add butter, sugar, milk, cocoa powder, and salt to a saucepan.
- Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and mix in peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth, then stir in oats.
- Press mixture into 8x8 baking dish lined with parchment paper.
- Let cool until set, and sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
- If you don’t have quick cooking oats, pulse whole rolled oats a couple of times in a food processor to make them ‘quick-cooking’