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!


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  4. I just added this to my “things I need to make” page. Thanks!

  5. Averie! This is my first time checking out your new site — it’s gorgeous!! Great job – really like how easy it is to navigate. Oh, and your pict is absolutely stunning too of course. :) My sweetie will be trying these snack bars soon – YUM, FAST, and EZ, Love it! Thanks so much for sharing. Many blessings on your week. ~K

  6. Averie – – i’ve been reading your blog since the summer. i suppose i’m what blog-people call a ‘lurker’, since i never comment, but all i can say in my defence is that i’ve always been a good listener…
    but, i have to say that these bars were made INSTANTLY. i’ve made your p.b. protein bars a number of times in the past with great success, and these were no slouch, either! i augmented mine with some ground flax and a scoop of choco-protein, and liked the firmness of these compared to the protein bars… (might try and combine the two into some kind of SUPER-BAR!)
    thanks for doing what you do. it’s been a pleasure watching a life well lived, and inspiring to see someone else discovering the little ways in which less can really mean (so much!) more.

  7. You’re Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars will be a huge hit with my husband. He already LOVES your No Bake Vegan PB Choc Chip Coconut Protein Bars. No need to tell him they are raw and vegan ;)

    Best thing on Sunday: snowshoeing with my hubby in the clean, clear, crisp outdoors.

    Love making my own snacks. They taste better, and we get to lick the bowl ;)

    Dream bar: chocolate, nut / seed butter, chia or flax

  8. I absolutely love the simplicity of the oatmeal bar, especially because living in a dorm room my cooking options are pretty much limited to a microwave!!

  9. I always make my own bars! I eat them almost everyday and they’re much tastier, healthier, and cheaper than store bought! I just made these and WOW! They are fabulous. Thanks for the recipe :)!

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  11. 3 minutes!?!? You know how busy I am so I will def. be making those!! I made your cheesy broccoli bake tonight..it was so yummy!

  12. GREAT bar idea, Averie! Just like hand held oats….right up my alley. :)

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  15. That is an excellent recipe but I cannot think of making that bar in 3 minutes.How did you do it?

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  17. I love bars and these have got to be some of the best. Great recipe and lovely photos.

  18. Um, so, as a college student with only a microwave readily at my disposal… I am going to HAVE to try these! :) brilliant idea!

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  21. These look like a definite MUST TRY! I have all the ingredients on hand already and they look so easy and YUMMY!

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  26. awesome recipe!!!

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  29. WHERE has this post been all of my life and why have I never seen it?!?! :)

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  32. SO easy and SO good!! :) I’m so glad I ran across them on Pinterest!

  33. Tabi (and Averie!) Reply

    I just made these and they are DELISH! Great for packing in the kid’s lunch tomorrow…

    And btw, my daughter is also Averie. I LOVE the spelling! Great name! hehe

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  36. Hi I wanted to try the Microwave Banana Oat Cakes recipe linked towards the bottom of this recipe but the link isn’t working. Is it still available anywhere??

  37. Making this today!! I am sure my kids will request more. I do think it is mislabled though as being gluten free. All of my celiacs friends can’t eat oatmeal.

    • Oats are inherently a GF grain. Many true celiacs require specialty *certified* GF oats because traditional oats can be cross-contaminated in the milling process; but oats as a grain do not have gluten. It’s just dependent on manufacturing and production whether they are cross contaminated.

      Hope you enjoy the bars!

  38. YUM, thanks for this! I have been trying to make something with the extra fiber brown sugar oatmeal packets because my little one doesn’t like to eat oatmeals anymore and I still have a ton left! I’m going to use that in place of oatmeal and the optional sugars. Hopefully it wil turn out just as good as yours! :)

  39. My bf wanted marshmallows to be added to this recipe, so I added them to the chocolate chips, peanut butter mix before putting it in the microwave. They turned out great!

  40. I found you on pinterest. These are in the freezer right now! SOOOO excited! It will totally fill my chocolate craving! Thanks so much! I will give you a shout out in my blog!

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  42. I am SO trying the chocolate/peanut butter granola bar AND the blueberry granola . . WOW!

  43. Hi! I scrolled through your comments and I didn’t see this question, would you be able to approximate how many calories this portion amount is for the CPB&O bars?

    • You could plug the data into one of so many types of online calculators that are online and see. I’d guess 150 to 200, max, per bar but that’s a total guess. I don’t have time to do the calculator stuff on my posts; but feel free!

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  46. Thank you for being my Secret Recipe Club inspiration! This is a great recipe!

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  48. These look great! And super Easy!!!

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