No-Cook Peanut Butter Raw Bars

Peanut Butter Raw Bars

It’s true, I have been neglecting my blog.  There are no legitimate excuses for it other than work, work, and more work.  At one time I posted almost daily.  When I did that my stats shot through the moon.  And now, they are back to just a mere pittance.

It is true that quality far outweighs quantity where most things are concerned.  But I’m afraid that’s not true where blogging is concerned.  At least that’s what I’ve noticed from my own personal blogging experiences.


So how does one go about bringing their stats up when they own a baking blog and they are short on time?  Not to mention that they don’t really want to bake because they don’t need delicious high calorie things in the house tempting them.

In this instance I decided not to bake at all and decided to stay on the healthier side of the track by making some no-cook peanut butter raw bars.

Lot’s of healthy ingredients are packed into these bars.  The sugar is limited, as is the butter.  And the best thing?  There is absolutely no flour in these babies.

I have never made no-cook, raw, granola type bars before.  So yes, this is a first.  I researched a bit before  I started throwing the ingredients around.  My only regret is that I didn’t, but wish I had, added some toasted coconut to this recipe.

These bars are great for breakfast or snacking.  One warning, they are a bit tender due to limiting the use of butter and honey which helps bind them together. Flavor wise – yum!  I enjoy eating mine with yogurt, a piece of fruit, and of course a great cup of coffee.

No-Cook Peanut Butter Raw Bars

Go granola!

Peanut Butter Raw Bars

Prep time 15 minutes
Allergy Peanuts
Meal type Breakfast, Snack
These Peanut Butter Raw Bars are a great breakfast alternative for busy mornings.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Quick cooking oats
  • 3/4 cups Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Dry Roasted Peanuts
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 dash salt

Directions

Step 1
Measure oats and chopped peanuts into a large mixing bowl.
Step 2
In a separate bowl, add honey, brown sugar, butter, and peanut butter. Microwave for about 1 minute.
Step 3
Add microwaved mixture, plus vanilla, a dash of salt, and chocolate chips to the oats and nuts. Mix completely until all oats are coated.
Step 4
Pour into a parchment paper lined 8x8 baking dish. Pat down and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove and cut into bars. Wrap individually or keep in airtight container.

6 Comment

  1. Hi Eileen! I’ve been away from blogging for a while so I can commiserate on rebuilding stats! (Plus, I’m starting from scratch with a new blog….yikes! What was I thinking?!) But I can tell you I’ve been on a huge peanut butter kick lately. And these bars look fabulous. They don’t look like they are not baked. But raw bars are good for me. And I’m probably going to add some coconut as you suggest! Hang in there! : )

    1. Eileen says:

      I’ve wondered how you have been Anne. I saw you have a great new blog and I love it! I need to go healthier – like you. As you probably know, a baking blog can be dangerous to your health when you lack willpower like I do 🙁 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. afullspoonof says:

    This post really resonated with me. I have been having similar thoughts; kinda glad someone else feels that way. I began my blog as a way to ‘cook my way out of grad school’ – and three years later, I am still here. I grew to love it. However, with social media blowing up, blogging isn’t ‘fun’ and ‘joyous’ when you are worried about stats and followers, and …well, one can’t help but notice these things. I, also, stopped cooking and/or baking for a while because I did not want the extra calories, or food going bad for the sake of keeping followers or gaining new ones …but that somehow seems to be the case as of now. Anyway, thanks for the post! Sorry for the ramble!

    1. Eileen says:

      So glad to hear that it’s not just me and you get it! It’s insanely difficult to not bake (or cook) when you have a food blog. No worries about rambling here – I love the company!

  3. Jennifer says:

    These No-Cook Peanut Butter Bars, look so good, and I could actually use a little less sweets in my life right now (I hit the kids Easter Candy hard), I will be trying these soon!

    I agree posting every day does dramatically increase the amount of traffic a blog gets but, like you said access to that many calories on a regular basis isn’t always a good thing!

    I struggle with finding the time, between baking, clean-up, pictures, writing the post, it is a pretty significant time commitment. I am going rogue, and will try out a few book reviews and more lifestyle posts (fingers crossed they go over well).

    I LOVE your vintage camper reno posts, and would love to see more home decorating and diy posts from you, if you are thinking about adding something a little less calorie laden 🙂

    Take Care!

  4. Sandra says:

    Oh goodness I am in great company here! The stats dilemma is about to drive me crazy! That and having a ton of sweets in the house. I feel guilty when I don’t post and and almost worn out trying to post more than three times a week. Thankfully Eileen you’ve taken one worry off my hands with these no cook peanut bars.

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