Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

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Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure chocolate and peanut butter have been a dream team for all of human history. They’re the Ken and Barbie of flavor combos. #Relationshipgoals forever. And for as long as there has been chocolate and peanut butter, people have been trying to indulge in this flavor combo as often as possible, including at breakfast. Fortunately, there’s no need to throw your healthy eating goals out the window and reach for Reese’s Puffs breakfast cereal. These chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars are a protein-packed breakfast and a sweet treat that won’t undo your whole day.

Dessert for Breakfast

It’s no secret that I have a sweet tooth. You never know when the craving will strike, but sometimes I find it’s best to just knock it out (the healthy way) first thing in the morning.

These chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars are yummy protein bars that taste like dessert. Made with creamy peanut butter, chocolatey cocoa powder, and chopped peanuts, these bars pack plenty of the sweet and savory delight that make this flavor combo famous.

Meanwhile, healthy ingredients like banana, oats, flaxseed, and coconut milk keep these bars light and healthy. Finally, a scoop of vanilla protein powder takes these bars from skinny treat to high-powered, energizing protein bars.

With these sweet and healthy chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars, you can start your day with a sweet treat that will actually keep you full and focused all day.

…Or Breakfast for Dessert

You may just find you like these tasty bars SO MUCH you actually want to eat them all the time. Good news, you can!

These bars taste like dessert, so there’s no reason they shouldn’t be your after-dinner treat!

This easy recipe makes for a great on the go breakfast, mid-day snack, or a healthy dessert. Day or night, these bars are the perfect way to treat yourself without overindulging.

This delicious recipe is ready in under an hour, and you can serve these bars fresh out of the oven or let them cool first.

For breakfast, I prefer these bars cooled off for an easy grab-and-go, morning meal. Meanwhile, served warm, this sweet chocolate and peanut butter treat is ideal for a healthy dessert.

Whether you’re looking to kick-start, power through, or wind down your day with a sweet treat, these chocolate peanut butter bars are the perfect healthy indulgence. Good for breakfast, snacks, or dessert, you really can’t go wrong with this sweet treat!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

12 bars

1 bar

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Yield: 12 Bars | Serving Size: 1 Bar | Calories: 217 | Total Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Carbohydrates: 17 g | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 3 g | Protein: 7 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 8 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8 |


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup mashed (very ripe) banana
  • 1/4 cup no sugar added peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup almond flour or meal
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon ground flax seed, optional ground chia
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 scoop clean protein powder, vanilla or chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix just until combined. Spread in an even layer in the prepared casserole dish lightly pressing the mixture into the dish.
  3. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until firm. Slice and serve hot or cool before serving.

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12 Comments on "Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars"

  1. TRVolk  May 6, 2018

    I use a basic recipe of equal parts chocolate, peanut butter, and one-minute oatmeal, plus a tablespoon of canola oil. I melt the chocolate and peanut butter in a pan with the oil, mix in the oatmeal, roll it out between two squares of foil, and refrigerate it overnight.

    A 2″ x 2″ square with my first coffee is a great wake-up appetizer before preparing a proper breakfast.

  2. Lynne  May 6, 2018

    Looks Yummy!

  3. Heidi  May 7, 2018

    Is the coconut milk to be used in this from a can or carton?

  4. Ita  May 8, 2018

    what can you substitute in place of protein powder?

    • Gale Compton  May 9, 2018

      It can be omitted or toss in either one of these flours using about 2 tablespoons, Quinoa, Brown Rice, Almond, Oat, or Coconut flour.

  5. Amber Rowe  January 24, 2020

    What is the drizzle on top?

    • Nichole Furlong  January 28, 2020

      Hi Amber, the drizzle is optional caramel sauce.

  6. Nicole  March 14, 2020

    Can avocado be substituted for the banana?

  7. Gflow  April 7, 2020

    looks yummy want to make while self sheltering for coconut milk can I substitute almond?

    • Nichole Furlong  April 8, 2020

      Yes, you can definitely substitute almond milk.


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