While baking can be a lot of fun, sometimes having a recipe for a quick, no-bake sweet treat can be such a blessing, especially on a lazy day. After Lilly, owner of the blog Listotic, had her kids, she fell more and more in love with simple, no-bake treats — especially ones that were secretly healthy.
That's exactly where this Peanut Butter Oat Square recipe comes in. Lilly wrote on her blog, "My kids love them, and I certainly don't feel guilty eating a few squares myself. Yeah, they have some sugar but they're also full of fiber and protein — certainly better than the store-bought squares!"
Here's how you can make this at home for yourself, and your kids.
Line a 9" x 9" baking pan with non-stick foil. If you only have regular aluminum foil, be sure to coat it with non-stick cooking spray.
Pour 1 cup peanut butter (You don't want to use natural peanut butter for this!) and ½ cup honey together into a microwave-safe bowl. Melt in the microwave — it should take about 1-2 minutes — until it's smooth enough to mix with some rolled oats.
Once you have the melted mixture at hand, pour in 2 cups rolled oats, and mix well. Then, gradually add in 1 more cup rolled oats, until your peanut butter-honey mixture can no longer hold it together.
Pour the entire mixture into your prepared pan, and flatten the top.
Pop it into your refrigerator for a few hours, until it's firmly set and you can cut them easily into squares.
Store in the fridge to keep firm, or leave them out at room temp for a soft and sticky texture.
If you want to get fancy, you can use Cheerios or another small cereal instead of rolled oats. You can also feel free to add other flavorings, like peanuts or flax seed to the batter.
If you want to add chocolate chips, sprinkle them on top of the bars after having let them cool for 5 minutes — they'll melt otherwise.
You can find the original recipe here.