No-Bake Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bars
Nothing reminds me of home and being a kid more than a peanut butter and honey sandwich. I LOVED them growing up. So as part of my segment for KCRA on Dorm Room Dishes I decided to come with an easy, no-bake treat that had the flavors of a peanut butter and honey sandwich AND that could be made in the microwave. Perfect for a college dorm room, right? Now I’m not normally a microwave kind of cook unless it’s reheating something but I have to say these really turned out delicious! You’d never know I used the microwave. And literally it only took a minute and half of cooking time. The topping is a nice little layer Nutella – which really gives it that extra bit it of sweetness I think it needed to make it a dessert or treat. It does taste less like a peanut butter and honey sandwich with the Nutella than without it but the judges (i.e. my kids and their friends) loved the chocolate layer. Up to you. And some additions you can make that would be good are slivered almonds (for crunch) or using crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy.
Now I used a 12 cup square muffin tin for these. They are inexpensive and you can find them in many stores. Be sure to grease it or the mixture will be difficult to get out. Or use parchment paper. The other option is a small square baking tin (also greased). But not too big because you want the bars to be about 1/2 inch thick.
So step one is simply place all the ingredients (except the oats, vanilla and salt) in a microwavable dish. Then cook the mixture for 30 seconds. Mix with a spoon or spatula. Then cook for another 30 seonds and stir again. Then cook for a final 30 seconds and remove and add in the vanilla and salt and oats. Every microwave is a little different so the cooking time can vary but it should be somewhere in there. You just want to make sure the sugar has melted into the mixture and not grainy.
Then you distribute the mixture into the tins or larger tin. Just spread as evenly as you can. You can press the mixture down later as it cools so don’t worry about making it too even now.
Then set in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes. At that point you can remove them and press them down a bit and spread on the layer of Nutella. Set back in the fridge for another 3-4 hours. At this point you can remove with an offset spatula or a butter knife and enjoy! Sharing makes them even better.
Part of the Dormitory Dishes menu which includes:
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Set Time: 2-3 hours
Serves: 4-6 people
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 3/4 cups quick cook oats
- In a medium microwave proof bowl set place the butter, sugar, peanut putter, and honey. Cook in high for 30 second and mix. Cook for another 30 seconds and mix. Cook for a final 30 seconds and remove.
- Add in the vanilla and salt and oat. Stir to combine. Grease the muffin tin or pan. Drop an even amount of the mixture into 6-8 of the tins. The mixture should be about 1/2 inch thick
- Place in the frige for 15-20 minutes. Remove and press the mixture down with your hands or a spatula. Layer on the Nutella in in even layer. It does't have to be perfect.
- Place back in the fridge to set up for 2-3 hours. Serve.