Just 4 ingredients needed to make these peanut butter bars; natural peanut butter, oats and honey. These no bake bars are topped with a light cream cheese and honey frosting. They're a healthier version of traditional peanut butter bars and this small batch recipe can be ready in minutes!
Peanut butter bars have become my new favorite snack. This no bake peanut butter bars recipe calls for just four ingredients and no baking is necessary.
Healthier No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
These sweet treats certainly satisfy a sweet craving when that time hits and fortunately these peanut butter bars are a healthier dessert option.
There are three layers in these peanut butter bars: a crust, a creamy filling and a rich, sweet topping.
See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.
For The Crust
- rolled oats
- natural peanut butter
For The Filling
- natural peanut butter
- oat flour (see how to make oat flour below)
For The Topping
- cream cheese
How To Make Peanut Butter Bars
Oats, peanut butter and honey make up the bottom layer of the peanut butter bars. These ingredients are mixed together and pressed into the bottom of a small baking dish.
Peanut butter, oats and honey are also in the second layer. This time, the oats are ground in a food processor or a blender to create an oat flour and mixed with the peanut butter and honey. Graham cracker crumbs are the traditional binder used in many versions of peanut butter bars but instead of using graham cracker crumbs, I use oat flour instead.
There are only two ingredients in the top layer of "frosting". I use just cream cheese and honey. These ingredients are blended together and spread over the middle layer.
After the layers are assembled, place the bars in the refrigerator to chill.
How To Make Oat Flour
To make oat flour, place oats in a food processor or a blender and pulse or blend to ground to a powdery, flour-like consistency. One cup of rolled oats will make about a cup of oat flour. Transfer remaining oat flour to a zip-topped bag or airtight container to use later.
Best Dish To Use When Making Peanut Butter Bars
For this peanut butter bars recipe, I use a 5-inch baking dish. Use a dish of similar size for best results.
You can also use a few small ramekins and create small, individual deep dish peanut butter bars or use a loaf pan for thinner layers. This recipe will give you around 4 to 6 bars depending on the size of dish you use.
How Long Will Peanut Butter Bars Last?
They will keep well in the refrigerator for a week.
Other Peanut Butter Recipes
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cookie
- Peanut Butter Pie For One
- Peanut Butter Balls
- Peanut Butter Cookies
Note: In these no bake peanut butter bars, you will only need to use about 2 ounces of cream cheese. You might consider using the remainder of the cream cheese in one of these delightful dessert recipes...
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FOR THE CRUST
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
FOR THE FILLING
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 6 tablespoons oat flour *See Notes
FOR THE TOPPING
- 2 ounces cream cheese , softened
- 2 tablespoons honey (Add more honey if you want the topping to be sweeter)
TO MAKE THE CRUST
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, peanut butter and honey. Press the mixture into the bottom of a small 5-inch or similar sized dish. Set aside.
TO MAKE THE FILLING
- In a bowl, mix together the peanut butter, honey and oat flour. Spoon over the crust. Set aside.
TO MAKE THE TOPPING
- Blend together the cream cheese and honey with either a fork or a hand mixer. Spread over the peanut butter filling.
- Refrigerate to chill.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.