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no-bake crispy oatmeal peanut butter bars with chocolate

No-Bake Crispy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate

  • Author: Salted Spoonful
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake


These crispy oatmeal peanut butter bars are no-bake, naturally gluten-free, topped with chocolate, & easy to make, not to mention delicious!


Units Scale
  • 1 1/4 cups smooth peanut butter (I use Skippy)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (or more, if needed)
  • flaky salt like Maldon (optional)


  1. Prepare an 8×8-inch pan by lining with parchment paper.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add 1 ¼ cup peanut butter and ¼ cup syrup of choice, if using. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute. Add 1 tsp vanilla and mix until smooth. Taste the mixture and adjust sweetener if needed. If the mixture is not smooth and easily mixable, add 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted), or more if needed, until the mixture is smooth. 
  3. Add cups oats and cups Rice Krispies to the peanut butter mixture. Mix until everything is evenly combined and oats & Krispies are fully coated in the peanut butter mixture.
  4. Press peanut butter mixture into the 8×8-inch pan with the back of a spoon or a spatula until it is an even and packed-down layer.
  5. In the same bowl (or a clean one if you want), add 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1 tbsp coconut oil. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, then microwave again at 30 second intervals if needed until chocolate chips are melted.
  6. Pour melted chocolate over peanut butter mixture and spread it out evenly. Sprinkle with flaky salt and refrigerate for an hour until chocolate sets.
  7. Let bars come to room temperature before slicing if you want nice perfect slices. 


  • I like how sweet Skippy + maple syrup is, but if you prefer less sweetness, you can omit the syrup.
  • If you prefer natural peanut butter, you may want to double the sweetener—just taste as you go in step 2.
  • See the “Ingredients” header above for more modifications. 

Keywords: chocolate, peanut butter, salty sweet, no bake, oats, gluten free