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No bake peanut butter honey oat bars and a cup of coffee with vanilla Simply Pure creamer is a great way to start your day or wrap you your afternoon.
When I see the words peanut butter and honey combined, I know I’m in for a tasty treat. Growing up, my friends would eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but I always wanted peanut butter and honey with a banana on the side. The combination of sweet and savory is one I haven’t outgrown to this day. It’s also the inspiration behind these super simple, no bake peanut butter honey oat bars.
It had been a while since I’ve made these bars, but a couple of weeks ago I took them along on our weekend hike. We were headed out to find a waterfall and with a 7 mile hike on top of a 2 hour drive each way, we knew we were in for a long day. I thought these would make the perfect post hike snack, before heading back at the end of the day. And they were, but something was missing.
Coffee. Not just any coffee either. Coffee with just a hint of creamy vanilla to bring out the vanilla in the peanut butter honey oat bars. Since I had secretly stashed the last bar in the fridge for my breakfast the next morning, I was able to try it out with my vanilla International Delights Simply Pure coffee creamer. It tasted like a match made in heaven.
I am a coffee drinker and often half & half just won’t cut it. I prefer something subtly flavored with a hint of sweet. I also want something that doesn’t have a list of a gazillion ingredients on the bottle.
A few weeks ago, I found International Delight’s new line of Simply Pure coffee creamers while picking up new laundry baskets at Walmart. It’s made with just 5 ingredients (score!) including real milk, cream, and cane sugar. You can find it in hazelnut, caramel, or vanilla, along the side wall in the refrigerator section.
For this recipe, the vanilla is an ideal complement. The slight hint of vanilla in the bars matches up perfectly with natural vanilla flavor of the coffee creamer.
Since I picked it up I’ve used it in espresso, a latte, and a couple of Americanos. I also added it to some hot chocolate for an extra rich and creamy treat. It’s quickly become my go to creamer for my everyday morning coffee.
Making these no bake peanut butter honey oat bars requires only 5 ingredients (6 including the oil for the pan) and it’s kind of like making rice crispy treats.
You simply heat the peanut butter and honey over a medium flame until is starts to bubble around the edges. Let it bubble about 30 seconds longer, stirring constantly. Turn off the flame and stir in the salt and vanilla.
Fold the peanut butter mixture into the oats mixture to combine completely. It’s not nearly as sticky as it sounds.
Grease one side of a square of parchment paper (about 10.5″ by 10.5″) with coconut oil, butter, or nonstick cooking spray. Lay over a 9″ by 9″ square pan with the greased side up. Scoop the peanut butter honey oat mixture into the center of the pan.
Using the back of a silicone spoon, or your greased hands, spread the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Place in the fridge to chill for at least an hour. (If chilling longer, like overnight, cover prior to chilling.)
Gently lift the bars out of the pan by pulling gently on the parchment – it should slide out fairly easily. Cut into 9 squares and peel off the parchment paper. Enjoy immediately with a cup of coffee and Simply Pure vanilla creamer, or store in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge.
These no bake peanut butter honey oat bars will remain chewy soft while kept in the fridge, and will soften further as the honey comes to room temperature. They make a great breakfast, afternoon snack, or post workout boost.
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No Bake Peanut Butter Honey Oat Bars
No Bake Peanut Butter Honey Oat Bars
- coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Lightly grease a 10.5" x 10.5" section of one side of a piece of parchment paper with coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray.
- Place paper over a 9" x 9" pan, with the greased side up.
- Measure oats into a medium size mixing bowl.
- Heat a medium saucepan over a medium flame.
- Add peanut butter and honey, stirring to combine and continue to heat.
- Once the edges start to bubble, stir constantly for 30 seconds.
- Remove from flame. Add vanilla and salt. Mixing completely.
- Pour peanut butter honey mixture over oats. Fold oats into the mixture until evenly coated.
- Scoop oat mixture into the middle of the parchment paper. Using the back of a silicone spoon or your greased hands, evenly press oats into the bottom of the pan.
- Refrigerate 1 hour prior to cutting.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container.