Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars

I made these bars in 3 minutes flat.  They are going to become a new staple.  Fast, easy, simple, portable, and kid-approved.  And mommy-approved.  And they contain chocolate and peanut butter.  I mean, what’s not to love?


Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars

2 Tbsp Chocolate Chips

2 to 3 Tbsp Peanut Butter (or other nut butter)

2 Tbsp Milk (or nut milk) (I used vanilla coffee creamer!)

1/2 C Oats


1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp Sweetener (Brown/White Sugar, Agave, Maple Syrup or Stevia to Taste)

1 Tbsp Other Dry Ingredients (coconut flakes, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts, more chocolate chips, raisins, scoop of protein powder, etc.)


Melt the first three ingredients together in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring and checking

Then add the Oats and any optional ingredients, stir to combine.  (You want this mixture to be fairly dry.  If it’s not dry enough, add more oats one tablespoon at a time)

Press mixture into bars or balls.   Using a piece of plastic wrap on the inside of a square plastic container will save on dishes and cleanup.

Put in refrigerator or freezer for 10 minutes, or until bars have set up.   Slice or break apart.

Yields 3 Larabar-sized bars that are also vegan and gluten-free.


Did you notice that snazzy Print This widget feature?  Thanks Christine for the tip off on that one.

Here’s how things went down.  Visually speaking.

Add the Chips + PB + Milk and then Nuke

Then add the Oats and other Optionals

Press it into a plastic container or bowl, then freeze or refrigerate til set up.  Using plastic wrap saves on mess because you can just lift the whole thing out.  Messy cook anyone?

Yields 3 Bars.  I don’t always need a dozen, or more, bars.  Sometimes just a few is all I want or need.

The inside is perfectly chocolately and peanut buttery.  The peanut butter and oats keep them chewy, and the chocolate keeps them…Mmmm!

Definitely Kiddie Approved.

Wrap any extras in plastic and take for an on-the-go snack.  That is, if you have any ‘leftovers’ from the yield of 3 bars.

Related Foods/Snacks that are No-Bake/Micro/Freezer type recipes:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars (Vegan, GF, No-Bake)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bars (Vegan, GF, No-Bake)

Microwave Banana Oat Cakes

Biggie Microwave Banana Oat Cakes

Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cakes

I also have an Oats Recipes Post that highlights many of my oat-containing recipes.

From my last post about the Challenge: In 10 Years, it was amazing reading where you all think you’re going to be in 10 years!  Wow.  Thank you for gracing me with your stories, dreams, goals, aspirations, and honesty.  I really loved reading those comments and I’m glad you enjoyed my thoughts about where I’ll be in 10 years and what I’ll be doing.

And yes, it’s so hard to predict life and the changes, twists and turns it will take.  Most of you told me you are amazed the way your life has unfolded and the life path you’re walking, living, and breathing right now.


1. Best thing you’ve ate or done over the weekend?

I picked up some things for Skylar’s birthday party and we spent lots of time together as a family.  The weather has been great, high 60s/low 70s and sunny and we went for a few great long power walks.

2. Do you like to make your own snack bars?

Yes, see the above links.  Clearly, I’m a fan.

3. What’s in your “dream” snack bar?

Mine would have to have oats, chocolate, peanut butter and from there…you can’t go wrong!

Have a great week, everyone!


  1. Deeeelishious! I made it with semi-sweet choc chips, almond butter, chia seeds, dried cranberries, coconut and rolled oats. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Before I make these, are these hard, soft, chewy, dry or what? It sounds like it might be dry, so I am thinking of adding some more wet if the original recipe is. Thanks :) as always, love your blog and you are an inspiration with all your pretty pictures!

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  5. Mmmmm… Just made these. Added chia seeds, some cinnamon-sugar (just a touch), a few walnuts, and some MINI-MARSHMALLOWS! Cut it into 4 pieces, instead of 3 so each of the fam could have a taste. Mom didn’t want hers (she didn’t like the chia seeds), so I may have a second later tonight. :)

    Thanks for the easy recipe. I found it on pinterest (long may it reign).

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  7. how much nutella could i use and could i use dried cranberries in them?

  8. Really yummy I missed that “if not dry add more oats” comment, so ours are a bit gooey. Taste like cookies to me!

  9. Nothing’s more tasty then oatmeal bars!

  10. These look so good. I just made them and cant wait to try them!

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  13. Just wondering if it’s the “quick oats” or the “rolled oats” you used… I heard that eating a lot of the rolled oats raw can cause lower digestion issues.

    • If you look at the photos, you can see that I used old-fashioned rolled oats. They really aren’t ‘raw’ anymore because the warm microwaved mixture softens them and I don’t have any digestion issues with them. Hope you try the bars!

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  15. I made with steel cut oats, not good at all, I’ll have to try Quaker oats next time!

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  19. just did these with bear naked vanilla granola tastes awesome!!! think i nuked the liquid mixture a bit much so stick to 2 30 sec rounds i did 3 and got that overcooked chocolate smell still awesome tho thx

  20. I am making these once a week at least … I add coconut oil and ground flaxseed and wheat germ to up the fibre. My two year old gobbles them up and it is really helping solve a constipation issue we had going on. Thanks for a great recipe.

  21. I have made these 3 times now- my fav way is 50/50 large flake and quick oats , chia seeds and coconut and use 1 tbsp PB and 1tbsp almond butter and almond milk- delish, These totally help with a sweet tooth fix while i am watching my weight, thank you!

  22. Yum! These are so fast and make the perfect size batch for me. Thank you soooooo much! :D

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