No Bake Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars make a hearty breakfast or snack filled with good for you ingredients. Made with a combination of oats, flaxseed, chia, coconut, peanut butter, and banana, these bars come together in minutes without any baking.
Last week was crazier than normal for us and I couldn’t have been happier that we had these no bake oatmeal bars in the fridge for moments we were all starving and there was no time for cooking. Having these at arms length literally prevented more than one hangry meltdown and kept everyone fueled and full. What’s funny is that I can’t even really tell you what made last week so busy. It was just one of those weeks when it seemed like there weren’t enough minutes in the day and every day we were rushing around to get things. By Friday I couldn’t have been happier it was the weekend and we finally had a moment to breathe. Plus it was clearly time to whip up another batch of these tasty bars.
Now when it comes to these bars, there is almost nothing I love more than the combination of peanut butter, banana, and chocolate. As a kid I loved eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches and I still make peanut butter banana toast pretty regularly as an adult. The only difference is now I usually add a healthy dose of flaxseed seeds and chia seeds to make things a little healthier. Plus I drizzle some chocolate on top because it’s too hard to resist. I do the same thing to my oatmeal many mornings and those inspired these easy no bake peanut butter oatmeal bars.
They really couldn’t be easier to make and with the current heat wave in Los Angeles, I love the fact that I don’t have to turn on the oven. Everything starts with a delicious combination of mashed bananas, peanut butter, maple syrup (the real kind!), and cinnamon. You can swap in any nut butter you like or use reduced fat peanut butter to lower the calories. Then rolled oats, flaxseed meal, shredded coconut, and chia seeds are added to this mixture creating a nutrient packed combination packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. And since chocolate makes everything taste better, I threw some of that in as well. You can use any type of chocolate you like although I recommend dark chocolate chunks since the bitterness of the dark chocolate is so good with the sweet banana. Finally everything takes a trip to the fridge where the bars firm up and all the flavors combine.
Here are some tips for making these No Bake Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars: