Chewy No-bake Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Oat Bars

You betchya! Another one-bowl creation right here.

Even though I love making food, I'm still human which means I'll take an opportunity to cut corners if granted. One-bowl recipes mean quick prep and quick clean-up time.

I can get down with that.

Okay it's not actually a one-bowl creation. More like a one-food-processor creation... you'll see what I mean when you get to the recipe below :P

I'm someone who reaches for fresh fruit or a handful of nuts when I need a snack, but Robin has a sweet-tooth that isn't always satisfied with these options. To minimize the number of processed sweetened snacks in the house, I decided to make some homemade bars that are more wholesome than store-bought varieties. Plus the bits of chocolate satisfy the ol' sweet-tooth, while the oats and peanut butter fill the belly sufficiently to last until it's meal time.

Dietitian's Recommendation: individually wrap each bar in cling wrap and store in the freezer for an easy grab-and-go snack.

Here's to some wholesome snacking.



Chewy No-bake Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Oat Bars

Recipe PDF

▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free

Yield: 12 bars Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 1 hr 10 min


2 Tbsp (15g) ground flax seeds

6 Tbsp (90mL) water

2 cups (180g) old-fashioned rolled oats (GF if desired), divided

3/4 (130g) cup pitted dates*

1/2 cup (125g) peanut butter

1/2 tsp (3mL) pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup (40g) dark chocolate, chopped


  1. Add flax seeds and water to the food processor and stir by hand, allowing it to sit for 5 minutes for the flax to gel.

  2. Add 1 cup oats, dates, peanut butter, vanilla and salt to the food processor and blend on high until all are well combined.

  3. By hand, stir in the remaining 1 cup of oats and chocolate until well combined.

  4. Press firmly into a 13x9” (33x23cm) baking pan. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to firm. Remove from the fridge, cut, and wrap individually to freeze for an easy grab-and-go snack.


  1. *If dates are dry, soak in warm water for about 15 minutes to soften, then drain.

  2. Variations: add up to 1/4 cup of any dried fruit, nut