When I make a commitment, I try my hardest to follow through with it no matter how significant the commitment is.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone says they will do something and then does not stick to what they said they would do.  Sometimes I say that I will make a treat for something and then life gets busy and I feel like I don’t have the time to make anything.  Enter the beauty of no-bake treats!

With no-bake bars and cookies, you can literally have a sweet to serve in a matter of minutes.

When I was too young to use the oven myself, but still had sweet cravings that needed to be satisfied, I would make these bars that were a combination of cornflakes, peanut butter, milk chocolate chips and a little corn syrup and I could have them made in minutes and easily demolish the whole pan myself.

I may have more kitchen privileges and freedom now, but that doesn’t mean that I have lost my love and appreciation for bars that are made by melting some ingredients together and folding in some cereal or oatmeal.  I promised to bring treats to work earlier this week, but returned back home from a road trip at 8:00 pm and just wanted to relax.  These bars were the perfect treat that allowed me to keep my commitment to bring a treat to work, but were so quick to make that I had plenty of time for relaxation and smutty tv catchup.

No-bake Choco-oat Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

by Mercedes Porter

Keywords: no-bake dessert snack chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bar

Ingredients (20 bars)

  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup, plus 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 2 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter OR chocolate chips


Line an 8X8-inch pan with aluminum foil. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan, combine butter, sugars, cocoa powder and milk. Heat over medium heat, stirring to combine.

Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter. Stir until peanut butter is incorporated.

Add cereal and oats to cocoa mixture and stir to combine.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and pat down evenly. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup peanut butter or chocolate chips and press chips gently into bars.

Freeze for 30 minutes, remove from pan using foil, and peel foil off before cutting and serving.

Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks

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combine butter, sugars, milk and cocoa and boil

remove from heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter

add cereal and oats

pour mixture into prepared pan, spread evenly and sprinkle peanut butter chips over the top

chill, lift out of pan using foil, peel foil off and cut

What is your favorite no-bake treat?


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10 Comments ( Reply )

  1. luv what you do
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    You had me at No Bake…it’s going to be another 100 degree day here today and the rain is coming and so I will have some down time to play in my kitchen!

    One of my new favorite no bake recipes is cake batter fudge (which I just discovered and haven’t posted yet) and I love these S’mores bars!


    • Mercedes
      Jun 29, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

      Those no bake s’mores bars look amazing! 100 degrees?! Oh my goodness! Have a great weekend and stay safe in that heat!


  2. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    I agree, follow-through on committment is so important, good for you 🙂 I love no-bake bars like this!


  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    These look delish, I love the PB chip topping! Nothing wrong with no-bake goodness :).


  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    Glad you liked my recipe and made the bars! They remind me that I need to make another batch of these…soon 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Jun 29, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

      Yes Averie I loved these bars and like I said these were perfect for when I needed a treat to be prepared in no time! Thank you for your continued inspiration!


  5. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    Amazing! Love that these are no bake!


    • Mercedes
      Jul 02, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

      Thanks Jessica! No-bake treats are perfect for these steamy summer days!


  6. ATasteOfMadness
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    Ah yes. The two sweetest words “no bake”.
    My favorite no bake treat that I have made was this nutella and rice krispie treat. But if I made this, I’m sure it would beat the other one hands down!


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