No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Peanut butter

1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup honey
3 cups quick (instant) oatmeal

At home: Combine the peanut butter and honey in a medium saucepan and warm over low heat. Stir constantly until mixed thoroughly. Remove from heat and add in the oatmeal and any optional items. Press into a 9×9 inch ungreased pan and let cool. Cut into bars and store in plastic baggies. No need to refrigerate.
Makes 16 (2×2 inch) bars

Customize by adding dried fruit, nuts, coconut, protein powder, seeds, flax, or wheat germ.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bpm on November 4, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks for this tasty and simple recipe! I’ll have to try it. Even if I’m not going on a trek, I can just make this for around the house.

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  2. Posted by tearesa sandberg on April 17, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Hi I used to make a bar like this but could not remember how much peanut butter or I used Karo syrup but will use honey now. I put more things in mine like raisens ,nuts.different cereals sesame seeds and what ever else also wheat germ and oatmeal thank you so much for the basic recipe. thanks so much. Tearesa

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  3. Great recipe! It actually stays together, so you can take it with you and not end up with just crumbs. I used 3/8 c. honey and 2/8 (1/4) c. chocolate chips, with added vanilla protein powder. YUM! Highly recommended.

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  4. Posted by Garrett on September 26, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I don’t think it’s the “natural” aspect of this recipe that makes refrigeration less necessary, but the low water content and anti-microbial properties of the honey.

    After all, molds & bacteria are “natural” too — and they go for wholesome foods just like everyone else 🙂

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  5. Love to hear about you guys experimenting and improving the recipe! I’m sure there are many different ways to customize the energy bars to fit your own circumstance and tastes. Garrett: You are totally right about the “natural” wording! I’ve fixed it now – hope it makes more sense now. Thanks for the comments!

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  6. Posted by Judy on July 19, 2017 at 9:24 am

    I would like to take these on a backpacking trip, but my trip will take over a week. How long will these remain edible without refrigeration, please?

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  7. Posted by Judy on July 19, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Oops, another question. I use natural peanut butter from traders joes at home, but it requires refrideration once opened.
    Does this mean I will need to use a shelf stable ( read loaded with preservatives), like Jiff or Skippy?

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