The Best No-Bake Bars

| May 16, 2013 | 116 Comments
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We’re borrowing a little late-week inspiration from our Pinterest Recipe Board (join us there and share your favorite recipe!). These no-bake bars incorporate the current ‘it’ ingredient, coconut oil and that magic substance most of us can’t live without, chocolate!


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil (be sure to use unrefined for the coconut flavor)
  • 2 cups dry oats (not instant)
  • 1 C shredded coconut
  • 1/2 C chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 t vanilla extract


  1. Melt peanut butter, honey and coconut oil over medium-low heat.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and add oats, shredded coconut, chocolate chips and vanilla.
  3. Stir until chocolate is entirely melted.
  4. Pour into a 9Γ—13 pan and cool in the fridge.
  5. When it’s set, cut into bars and enjoy.
  6. Store in the fridge. If they last that long!

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  1. June says:

    incomplete recipe, no oil mentioned until you read directions.

  2. Leanne says:

    Is the vanilla a tsp or tbsp?

  3. Kay Adams says:

    Small t stands for teaspoon Capital T stands for Tablespoon

  4. Vicky says:

    Do you think the bars would turn out right if I omit the shredded coconut? Some don’t like coconut.

  5. Toni says:

    what can you replace the coconut oil and shredded coconut with? I am alergic

  6. RHONDA PAGE says:

    I have a family member allergic to peanuts, so we cant use peanut butter, any recommendations for a substitute?

  7. michelle says:

    I bet rice krispies would be great in this …….

  8. mary price says:

    How MUCH coconut OIL ????

  9. eleanor hohman says:

    Can I use regular oil in this.

  10. eleanor hohman says:

    can I use regular oil.

  11. Ailie Beaudry says:

    Just made these but didn’t have walnuts so used sunflower seeds & an extra 1/4 C raisins. In the fridge now. Going to make next time with some almonds & some brown rice crispies & use almond extract! Just finished licking clean the pot & spoons. Yummer. Hurry up and cool already!

  12. My daughter-in-law is allergic to chocolate. Would these be good without it? What could be used in it’s place?

  13. Kathleen Gibson says:

    So I wanted to print the recipe, unfortunately it printed all the responses too – what a waste and why would they do that? Last time

  14. Crystal says:

    Does using all natural peanut butter vs traditional peanut butter make a difference in the consistency?

  15. Rita says:

    I just made something similar to this last night. You can add whey protein to it and use natural peanut butter or PB2 (less fat less calories) and make it a energy protein bar. And if you are allergic to peanuts use almond butter I also 1/2’d the coconut oil and used unsweetened coconut milk to cut down on the fat ( or almond milk )

  16. dawn hughes says:

    My husband is not a fan of dark chocolate, I want to try these as a healthier alternative to candy bars and desserts. Any suggestions on which brand chocolate to use so it doesn’t have that typical dark chocolate tartness

    • Sherry Carter says:

      I use:
      1/2 C. butter
      1/2 C. milk
      2 cups sugar
      4-6 T. Cocoa
      1/2 C. Peanut butter
      2-1/2 C. Oats
      1 C. shredded coconut
      2 t. Vanilla
      Melt butter in pan on stove; add milk then sugar & cocoa (I use 4 T. but if you like it really chocolaty, use 6 T.)
      Bring to rolling boil, stirring frequently. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Stir until melted. Add vanilla. Pour over oats and coconut. Can add nuts, if desired. 1/2 – 1 C. chopped.

  17. Cheryl Mimms says:

    Do you have nutritional info on this recipe? And what’s the serving size?

    • Susan Hayse says:

      Nope, sorry Cheryl This recipe was off a Pinterest post and the blogger who posted it has since moved on to a different platform, so they’re not available to ask.

    • Leah says:

      Calories 250, Calories from Fat 160, Total Fat 17.8g 27%, Saturated Fat 8.8g 44%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 61mg 3%, Potassium 149mg 4%, Carbohydrates 21.0g 7%, Dietary Fiber 2.2g 9%, Sugars 12.6g, Protein 5.7g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 1%, Iron 13%

      • Leah says:

        * The entire recipe has been calculated for 20 servings,

        * Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

  18. Barbara Helm says:

    Can I use steel cut oats instead of oatmeal?

    • Susan Hayse says:

      I don’t think so, Barbara. Raw steel cut oats are way too chewy and hard for no-bake bars. Cooked steel cut oats would be too wet.

  19. Jill says:

    You could use solid shortening instead of coconut oil.

  20. Alberta Toy says:

    I must be stupid!! I tried to print recipe for ‘no bake bars’..I pressed ‘print’ & after 5-6 sheets of comments I cancelled it…Used up all my print paper…what a joke!

  21. Dawn says:

    To PRINT… change setting from ALL to page 2 only and you will not get all the comments.

  22. Renata Anderson says:

    I was disappointed after making these to realize that they had to be kept refrigerated Otherwise they started to get really soft and sticky. Otherwise very easy to make

  23. Linda says:

    Can these be frozen for use later

  24. Nancy Hunter says:

    Can you use chocolate protein powder? If so how much? How much PB2?

  25. Nancy Hunter says:

    Can you use chocolate whey protein powder if so how much? How much PB2?

  26. ReadDirections says:

    Read the directions on PB2 container to equal same amount of peanut butter called for in this recipe.

    For example, if 2 tbsp PB2 + water = 1 cup of peanut butter then adjust your recipe accordingly.

  27. Kathy Copeland says:

    Can I use crisco coconut oil?

  28. Becky James says:

    What is meant by unrefined coconut oil?

  29. River says:

    I have had more fun reading the comments………totally forgot this is a recipe, lol

  30. William says:

    I cannot believe some of these completely idiotic comments. READ the ingredients again before posting. READ the instructions again before posting. TRY variations if you wish but I did not see anyone with a title DR in front of their name. If you have a known allergy, I would think you would use common sense and not make it. If you don’t like an ingredient leave it out. Otherwise just try what is posted!

  31. Phyllus says:

    Where can I find the amount of calories per bar an the amount of protein? How many bars do we make from this?

    • Leah says:

      Calories 250, Calories from Fat 160, Total Fat 17.8g 27%, Saturated Fat 8.8g 44%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 61mg 3%, Potassium 149mg 4%, Carbohydrates 21.0g 7%, Dietary Fiber 2.2g 9%, Sugars 12.6g, Protein 5.7g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 1%, Iron 13%

      * The entire recipe has been calculated for 20 servings,

      * Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

  32. Jackie says:

    A lot of these recipes look delicious. I can’t wait to try some of them.

  33. Kandy says:

    The comments on this page has really made me laugh and smile this morning. Thank you all

  34. Linda says:

    I read all the way to the bottom, too. Very entertaining!!!

    • C says:

      I agree. I have never read more idiotic comments on a recipe in my life. Did ANYBODY actually make these? I’d like to know how they taste not who has allergies and who wants substitute info and calorie counts. Figure this shit out for yourselves people. Try the recipe and make a comment on the bar. Holy smokes. So ridiculous.

  35. Leah says:

    I recommend this recipe! These turned out pretty good! Very easy to make. Next time I’m replacing the rolled oats with Rice Krispies. Pumpkin seeds and cranberries would be a great addition, too.

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