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Sensational, Vegan No-Bake, Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Four Easy Ingredients Plus Tasty Variations

Super easy, no-bake, vegan peanut butter oat bars with only 4 ingredients. Enjoy more delicious food with no animal products. 15 minute prep-time and ready to eat after cold curing for a couple of hours. Perfect for a quick healthy breakfast, snack, entertaining or for dessert with a scoop of your favorite vegan or plant-based ice cream.


4 cups of old fashioned or rolled oats uncooked (add any options and mix dry)

⅔  cup of maple syrup (the real thing is best) 

1 ⅓ cup natural peanut butter 

⅓ cup of plant milk or water


To create this delicious, animal-free treat, line a 13×9 baking pan lined with parchment or wax paper and set aside. I prefer my no-bake vegan peanut butter oat bars on the thinner side around an inch thick.

In a large mixing bowl add the oatmeal and any additional options you might choose to include, see ideas below.


In a saucepan over medium heat, start by adding the maple syrup then add the peanut butter to the pan because it will stick far less to the measuring cup.

Stir until blend these two ingredients over heat until smooth, then add the milk or water and mix them well up to the boiling point.

Place the mixture over the oats and blend with a strong wooden spoon, until the ingredients are well combined.

Pour the peanut-oat mixture into the pan over the parchment paper and press firmly and evenly into the baking pan. It tends to be a bit sticky so I often use a cup of water to dip the spoon to create some lubrication.  Pressing and smoothing the mixture as I go. Adding a little more moisture doesn’t hurt.  In the end you might choose to use your fingers to press the mixture evenly into the pan and compress the ingredients.

Cold Cure To Finish

Place the pan in the refrigerator to cold cure for a couple of hours. Then remove the oatmeal peanut mix on the paper from the pan and cut the block into squares or oblong bars.  The bars are best stored in the refrigerator.

Options & Variations

  • Walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Coconut
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Almond or other nut butter
  • Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

There are plenty of variations and lots of room for enjoying more delicious food without animal products.

Our favorite is to add 1 cup of broken walnuts (not chopped) and 1 to 1 ½ cups of raisins.

Additional Tips

Pack the oatmeal mix into the pan firmly. Use with the bottom of a large spoon, your hands or other device to create density. The tighter it’s packed, the more your bars will hold together.

Best to wait 2 or more hours before removing or cutting the bars. Any sooner and they may tend to fall apart.

Use a smooth and creamy nut butter to help the mixing process and to help prevent the bars from being too crumbly. Some crumbling is to be expected.


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