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No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Squares

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Last updated on July 27th, 2020 at 08:24 pm

For the days you need something sweet and you need it fast, these No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Squares can be prepared in around 10-minutes and require only 4-ingredients. Breathe…the chocolate is on its way.

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“I could eat these squares for days, they’re perfect,” my omnivorous husband said. Pretty nifty praise for a treat that took a few minutes to whip up and contains no dairy or processed sugars. More amazing still this coming from a man who “doesn’t get” peanut butter.

I don’t “get” people who don’t get peanut butter. What’s not to get? It’s like oxygen but with peanuts in it. But I already married him so what are you gonna do? I will just have to eat all the peanut butter and apple oats jar myself. I’ll survive. 

If I were trendy I would call this the ultimate minimalist square. But I am not trendy, I am a forty-something author and food blogger living on top of a mountain. I sometimes wear socks with my vegan Birkenstocks. In public.

However, the minimalist tag is very appropriate here. Four ingredients and no baking = pretty darn minimal. It the sweet version of my 3-ingredient zucchini soup but way less grown up. 

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So What’s In Them?

The ingredients for this sweet treat will most likely be living in your pantry. All you need is;

  • rolled oats
  • peanut butter
  • maple syrup
  • vegan chocolate

You could make your own chocolate – the chocolate in my vanilla fudge chocolate eggs will do the trick -but if like me, you are impatient, store-bought chocolate is fine. It’s more than fine. It’s downright awesome.

no-cook peanut butter and chocolate oat square ingredients on a marble board

Another neat thing about this recipe is that if you can’t do peanut butter, it works with almond butter too. Swap out the peanut butter for almond butter and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Presto, nut butter and chocolate squares.

Whichever you use, these fantastically fuss-free squares are deliciously chewy, chocolatey and completely addictive. When life feels anything but minimal, these little guys are a simple reminder that less is usually so much more. Enjoy, x.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Squares

For the days you need a sweet fix and you need it fast, this No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Squares recipe has only 4-ingredients. It's sweet, sticky and ready when you need it. 
4.54 from 15 votes
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Course: Sweets
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: no-bake peanut butter chocolate slice
Prep Time: 8 minutes
setting time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 squares
Calories: 176kcal
Author: Amanda Logan


Peanut Butter Oat Slice

  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats gluten-free if required
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Chocolate Topping

  • 3/4 cup vegan chocolate buds
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter


  • Line a square brownie tin with grease-proof paper. 
  • Add the peanut butter and maple syrup to a medium saucepan and stir together over medium heat until combined.
  • Add the rolled oats and stir through so the oats are completely coated and combined. 
  • Remove from the heat and transfer the mixture to the lined brownie tin and press down to get it as level as you can. Set aside.
  • In a microwave or over a double boiler, melt the vegan chocolate and peanut butter together, stirring occasionally to combine. Pour the melted chocolate over the oat mixture and use a spatula or the back of a spoon to level out. 
  • Pop the slice in to the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until set or in the freezer for around 15 minutes. Slice in to squares to serve.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Tried this recipe?Please rate it & leave your feedback in the comments section below. Or you can tag @mygoodnesskitchen or hashtag #mygoodnesskitchen on Instagram. Thank you!
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About Author

Amanda Logan is a published cookbook author, recipe developer and food photographer based in Australia. She is a contributor to Nourish Australia magazine and has appeared in Thrive Magazine, Vegan Food and Living, The Zoe Report and The Australian Vegan Magazine.

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August 18, 2020 8:16 pm

5 stars
Made these without realising I had to melt the butter and maple syrup but they were still amazing. Tried other recipes which called for dedicated coconut and almond meal too so happy to find this cheaper and easier alternative. My partner loved them so much he ate 6 in one sitting and wouldve ate the whole tray if I let him. Amazing!

November 8, 2019 10:25 pm

5 stars
Hey Amanda,
I can’t reply directly to your comment for some reason, but the bars turned out awesome! I made them for family dinner and they were a big hit!

November 8, 2019 12:55 am

I’m wondering what kind of peanut butter you used. I used Smucker’s natural and I’m thinking you might have used something like Skippy or Jiff (not judging at all just thinking about the oil content)? I had a similar problem with dryness but I realized while I was mixing the oats in. I added 4 tablespoons of butter to smooth things along and I’m hoping (I haven’t tried them yet) that did the trick. I also put in a little less oats than your recipe suggested. Thanks for putting the time into sharing your recipe!

December 25, 2018 2:54 pm

4 stars
The flavor is good, but mine came out very chewy and fell apart quite easily. Very messy to eat. I used an organic “Old Fashioned Rolled Oats” (longer cooking time). I wonder if this recipe should call for the quick cooking oats? Also my chocolate topping didn’t “pour” out of the double boiler. These are good, but not what I was hoping for.

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