No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites

If there’s one food memory that makes me think of my mom, it’s her no bake cookies.

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Preacher cookies, no bakes, whatever you call them – her cookies were always different than everyone else’s.

1. She never, ever used peanut butter in her no bakes.

2. No matter what, her cookies were always perfect. 

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I’ve been knee deep in grain recipes lately and couldn’t help trying a totally different twist on a “no bake” cookie.

These aren’t like regular no bake cookies, but they are just as good! We devoured these by the handful, right out of the fridge or crumbled into yogurt.

Plus, making no bake “cookies” without the butter means you can have a few extras, right?

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I’m always a little leery when I make desserts with peanut butter in them because I just never know if Nick will like them or not.

He loves Reese cups, but isn’t a big fan of desserts where the peanut butter and chocolate are mixed together, like in cakes and cupcakes.

I guess the peanut butter and chocolate were separate enough in these snack bites. He loved them!

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The great thing about these is that you can make them with whatever you want.

Don’t like coconut? Leave it out.

Ran out of chocolate chips? Use butterscotch or some type of dried fruit or nut.

Not a fan of peanut butter? 1. Who are you? and 2. Sub in almond butter or sunflower seed butter, no problem!

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I’m pretty sure these would turn out great no matter what you put in them.

Just do it! I’m already planning out the second batch.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites

Makes: 30 – 40 bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups old fashioned or quick oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or other neutral oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the oats, coconut, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, flax seed, and salt together.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together the peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla.
  3. Stir the peanut butter mixture into the oats and mix together until all of the oat mixture is coated.
  4. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to let the peanut butter mixture set up a little bit.
  5. Once the mixture is chilled, form it into 1” rounds and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Place in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes or until set. Store in the refrigerator.

32 Responses to “No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites”

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    Erica — September 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    My sister and i used to make these as kids. So good! I think i need to mix up a batch!

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — September 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    What a great recipe! My little sis is going to flip over this :)

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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy — September 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve never made no-bake cookies, but nothing like peanut butter and oatmeal cookies to light a fire under my butt.

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    Ange — September 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    “Not a fan of peanut butter? 1. Who are you?”

    Exactly!!!! I ask my friend this all the time who doesn’t like peanut butter. I wonder how he’s gotten this far in life. I think he’s missing out!

    These are great, and might just be making an appearance at an event I’m attending in the near future! Thanks for the idea!!!

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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles — September 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I love no bake cookies…and these look fabulous! I really like the addition of coconut (I can’t get enough of it). Hope you have a wonderful day. :)

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    Kelly — September 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    LOL. I love your comment about peanut butter, “Who are you?” So cute.

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    Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather — September 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I love no bakes! PB and chocolate together are outstanding.. Anyone who doesn’t like PB is loony… Jk… Kinda ;)

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    Lauren — September 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I think I have everything on hand to make these!!! Getting on that this weekend!

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    Sarah R — September 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    These sound perfect for tailgating! I need to get some coconut oil as I have tagged so many recipes that call for it…

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    Jen@FoodFamilyFitness — September 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    These look like the perfect after school snack!! Thanks :)

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — September 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Your no bake cookies look and sound amazing. I don’t bake much (because I can’t/won’t follow a recipe and that’s just a problem when it comes to baking…), but I think these would be perfect! I’ll put them on the list! :)

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — September 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I would eat about 100 of these. Just so you know. Yumm!!!!!

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    Shannon — September 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    not like pb? crazy talk. these however, i don’t think i’d be able to keep my hands off :) so yummy!

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    Simply life — September 23, 2011 at 1:00 am

    oh my, those look PERFECT!

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    Sarah Lynn — September 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I think my favorite part of this is “Not a fan of peanut butter? 1. Who are you?” – AND I am really excited to try these! Definitely different than the no-bakes I have made before and look delicious!

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    Joanne — September 24, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I have no qualms about peanut butter in my desserts. I want to eat these by the handful!

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    Shannon — September 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I love these! :)

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    holly — September 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    BRANDIIIIII!!!!!!

    I finally caught up on your blog – soooo sorry it took me so long! However, I am so glad I did, because I have five recipes of yours bookmarked – the slow roasted tomato + green bean salad, that blackberry clafouti, FROG JAM (<- I don't think I actually have the means to make it, but the flavor combo seems INCREDIBLE!), herb-baked eggs and those zucchini corn cakes!

    lovely, lovely stuff.

    so glad to see your life (and garden!) are treating you well! someday, i WILL see the avett brothers in concert. i will, i will. have you heard of fleet foxes? think you might like them as well.

    hope you are having a lovely weekend! mwah!

    <3
    holly

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    musou — September 29, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Thanks for sharing your recipe for us.The cookie looks very delicious.I can’t wait to do it.

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    darlene — October 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    these look so tasty and pretty healthy!! Anything no-bake is a okay in my book :D

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    Angie Torres — March 14, 2012 at 4:06 am

    I don’t have coconut oil. What do you mean by another neutral oil?

    • brandi replied: — March 20th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      if you don’t have coconut oil, i would use something like canola or safflower rather than olive oil that has a stronger flavor.

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    marla — August 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    A great idea! Linking back to these today :)

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    Leora Kaiser — November 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    i just printed off the recipes and now I’ll go to the store! Thanks for sharing!

    • admin replied: — November 8th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      I hope you like them!

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    carol yerby — November 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Print friendly? none of your recipes were print friendly but look delicious

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    Justyna — February 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I finally made these this morning and have to ask, “Why didn’t I make these sooner???” My four-year-old is home sick today and absolutely loves them. I can’t wait to hear what his big brothers have to say about them. My only note is that they are a bit too sweet for me, but that might be because I used almond butter (I’m allergic to peanuts, sadly). I think I’m going to experiment with all kinds of different butters and add-ins with these. Yum!

    • admin replied: — February 28th, 2013 at 2:09 am

      I”m so glad you liked them! Hope you try out some fabulous mix-ins :)

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