These no-bake oatmeal bites with red berries contain peanut butter, coconut oil and are sweetened with honey. Plus a chocolate drizzle on top. Almost like a peanut butter oatmeal cookie without baking.
Since leaving the lovely house we had rented for 1 month on Bali we have done quite a bit of traveling around with lots of short-term stays.
Now for the first time in 4 months we have rented a monthly apartment again, but don’t get too excited too soon. It does not have an oven. However, having our own dedicated place for at least a month makes me want to get creative right away.
No-bake treats it is!
I already have a couple of neat ideas and Google or Pinterest are also always a great source of inspiration 😉 So I hope you are ready for a few no-bake recipes in the next little while. Maybe you even have a no-bake recipe you’d like to share with me?
These bites in particular are perfect, if you feel like an oatmeal cookie but don’t want to (or can’t – like me) turn on the oven. They are even gluten-free if using non-contaminated oats.
Hearty oats are combined with peanut butter, virgin coconut oil and sweetened with honey. I used natural, crunchy peanut butter but you can also use commercial, creamy or even home-made.
When using the more oily and more liquid home-made version reduce the amount by 1 tablespoon at first or reduce the coconut oil by one tablespoon. If after combining everything the mixture still seems a little dry, you can always add a tablespoon of PB or coconut oil.
Here in Thailand our coconut oil is always in liquid form at room temperature. And it is filled in a bottle (not a big opening that I can scoop out of) so I don’t think it is supposed to be kept in the fridge and solidify. Depending on your climate and where you store your coconut oil you might have to melt it.
Then I somehow remembered that Valentine’s Day is coming up soon and thought the addition of dried, red berries would almost make this a seasonal treat. In the end I realized though that the red color is not very prominent, so it probably doesn’t quite qualify for Valentine’s Day.
Maybe you could use pink or red candy melts for the chocolate drizzle on top to up the romance factor. But we don’t have those here, so plain milk chocolate had to suffice for me.
I also put together a little recipe video how I made these little bites. It was my first attempt at recording myself “in-action” so I hope you can cut me some slack (and overlook the fact that I don’t use measuring spoons or cups just make do with what I have on hand).
I had fun though and definitely learnt a thing or two for the next time – like not blocking the camera with my hand for example 🙂
- 1 cup oats (quick cooking)
- 3 tbsp peanut butter (crunchy), less for creamy
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp melted virgin coconut oil
- ⅓ cup dried berries (I used a mix of cranberries, cherries + strawberries)
- ¼ cup (40 g) chocolate or chocolate chips
- Start by coarsely chopping the berries. Place berries and oats in a bowl. Add peanut butter, honey and liquid coconut oil (here in Thailand it is liquid at room temperature but you might have to melt it).
- Stir everything together. You can use a spoon but by hand it is much easier. Once everything is nicely combined chill mixture in the fridge for ½ hour or 10 in the freezer box.
- Shape chilled mixture into round bites of about 1" diameter. Recipe yields about 12 bites. Place the oatmeal bites back in the fridge.
- In the meantime chop or break the chocolate into small pieces (only if using a chocolate bar) and melt in the microwave or a water bath. Drizzle melted chocolate over chilled bites.
- Here in Thailand I have to keep the bites in the fridge, but if you live in a cooler climate they might be just fine at room temperature.
By the way, did you know it is National Peanut Butter Day in the US today? Aside from these PB Oatmeal Bites maybe you are interested in some other peanut butter recipes?
Maybe some brownies with peanut butter and dulce de leche filling.
Or waffles filled with peanut butter – they don’t have to be fish shaped.
This cashew nut and cornflakes chocolate bark is also flavored with peanut butter.
I also linked up these No Bake Oatmeal Bites over at