Peanut Butter is arguably my favorite food. I eat it as part of my afternoon snack. Every. Single. Day.
Most of the time, it entails 1-2 tablespoon of peanut butter melted in the microwave for 30 seconds, and then a banana sliced up and stirred into it. (If you haven't tried that- I strongly encourage it!)
But, sometimes I want a peanut butter snack that doesn't require a microwave, or slicing a banana for that matter...
And these Crunchy Peanut Butter Snack Bars are it. (These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are a close second though- they taste like a candy bar!)
They are simple to make and can be stored in the freezer for months, so you can always have some on hand for a quick snack (or treat- they're that tasty!).
Plus they are easily packable so they are a perfect snack for when you're on the go. Or if you're looking for a treat, these Oat Flour Peanut Butter Cookies also pack up nicely!
- Quick Oats- Using quick oats helps to bind the bars. You can substitute 1 and ¾ cups large flake oats, pulsed in a blender 3-5 times.
- Crisp Brown Rice Cereal- Provides the crunch in these Crunchy Peanut Butter Snack Bars.
- Ground Flaxseed- If you don't have any on hand, feel free to use additional quick oats.
- Chia Seeds- These can be left out if needed.
- Add ins- Add whatever you have in your pantry that you like- chocolate chips, chopped nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, shredded coconut, etc. Or use an additional ½ cup of crisp rice cereal.
- Peanut Butter- You will need 1 and ⅛ cups (1 cup plus 2 tbsp) of smooth peanut butter. I typically use natural style peanut butter but shelf stable peanut butter would work as well.
- Coconut Oil- You need an oil that is solid at room temperature or these bars will be melty and fall apart easily. It might work to substitute butter but I haven't tried it.
- Maple Syrup- Honey, agave or brown rice syrup also work.
- Fine Sea Salt- I usually use ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt as I'm a fan of the sweet and salty combo. That said, if you prefer a less salty bar, use ¼ teaspoon or leave it out completely.
1. Mix dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, add all of the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
2. Mix wet ingredients. In a microwave safe bowl, melt together peanut butter and coconut oil. Stir in maple syrup and salt until well combined.
3. Combine. Pour peanut butter mixture into dry ingredients and stir to combine.
4. Freeze. Press firmly into a 9x9 pan and place pan in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. (TIP: wet your hands to push down on the mixture so that it doesn't stick to your fingers)
5. Slice and Enjoy! Remove bars from the freezer and lift from the pan using the overhang of the silicone liner or parchment paper. Place on a cookie sheet and use a sharp knife to cut into desired size of bars.
To Store: Store bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months. Enjoy straight from the freezer or allow to come to room temperature. Bars can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days as well but will hold their shape (and crunch!) best if chilled. (These No Bake White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies hold together well at room temperature though.)
Make it Your Own
- Crunchy Peanut Butter Energy Balls- Scoop out 1-2 tablespoon of mixture, roll into balls and place on a lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 30 minutes and then move into a container. Be sure to lightly wet your hands as you go so that it doesn't stick to you.
- Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Crunch Energy Balls- Make the mixture into energy balls as described above and freeze. Melt baking chocolate or chocolate chips in the microwave in 20 second bursts. Dip frozen balls in melted chocolate and return to baking sheet. Freeze for an additional 15 minutes until chocolate is firm.
If you have dietary restrictions, check the packaging of specific ingredients that you use to ensure they are compliant. This recipe is:
- Dairy Free
- Gluten Free
And if you liked this recipe...
...you might also like these other packable snacks!
Peanut Butter Snack Bars
- 1 and ½ cups quick oats
- 1 cup crisp brown rice cereal
- 2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ cup add ins
- 1 and ⅛ cups natural style, creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼-1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, rice cereal, flaxseed, chia seeds and add ins.
- In a medium microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and coconut oil. Microwave for 30-60 seconds until melted. Add maple syrup and salt and stir to combine.
- Using a rubber spatula, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until the dry ingredients are evenly coated.
- Line a 9x9 baking pan with a silicone mat, parchment paper or wax paper and pour the mixture into it. Wet your hands, and press the mixture firmly into the pan. Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the freezer and using the lining, pull the bars out and place on a cutting board. Cut into 16 bars and enjoy.
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Peanut butter is definitely crucial to my life lol I love the crunch in these!
I'm glad you like these!
These are so incredibly good…so good in fact my husband says I’m not allowed to buy store bought anymore 🙂 I will definitely be making these for our lunch time snacks from now on.
I'm glad you liked these bars! Thank you for much for your kind review, Allison!
this recipe is awesome! i love peanut butter but store bought ones are always borderline. This one really is loaded with flavour! Super healthy and great for on the go!
Thank you for your kind review, Nancy! I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe.
Yum! There's nothing better than a tasty treat! These are delicious and perfect because they're just sweet enough and have that wonderful crunch!
A snack that tastes like a treat but is secretly healthy! And so good too!
I love the peanut butter with the puffed rice in these. Such a healthy, yummy snack!
So delicious and easy! I'll admit that I've been eating my batch as a grab-and-go breakfast!
I was looking for inspiration for after school snacks. This is just perfect also for picnic.
Sue V Pruitt
What is crisp brown rice cereal? Can you give me a name or a link please?
I usually find it at my local bulk foods store. It is similar to "Rice Krispies" but the puffs are made out of brown rice instead and brown rice is the only ingredient. Rice Krispies could be used instead 🙂