Energizing No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Cups!

These no-bake peanut butter oat cups combine the wholesome goodness of oats with the creamy, indulgent taste of peanut butter to create a deliciously energizing snack.

Each cup is a perfect blend of complex carbohydrates and healthy fats, designed to provide a quick energy boost with minimal blood sugar impact.

Looking for the perfect low glycemic index snack? You found it!

no bake peanut butter oat cups

Why You’ll Love this Recipe!

I’m always on the hunt for an energizing sweet treat that won’t make my energy crash ten minutes after eating it! I’m big on making sure that my snacks fit into the low glycemic index diet.

Here’s some of the major bonuses of having this dessert!

  • You likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry already! It’s 5 very simple ingredients!
  • It’s low in added sugar, only using maple syrup to sweeten up the recipe!
  • Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants AND half the sugar content of milk chocolate. Nothing but health benefits!
  • All natural peanut butter has only one ingredient – peanuts! I love having minimal added ingredients!

Ingredients

  • I highly recommend sticking with all natural peanut butter. It has no added sugar and is only made of peanuts. If you use regular peanut butter you should know the glycemic response will be much higher!
  • The same goes for dark chocolate, I try to keep the amount of added sugar to a minimum in recipes. Dark chocolate is only half the sugar of regular chocolate!

Storage

  • You can store these in the freezer, but I would take them out about 30 minutes before you want to eat them as they will be quite crunchy.
  • I recommend keeping them in the fridge (after they have set in the freezer for at least 20-30 minutes). They will keep for 2-3 days for best quality.
stacked energizing no bake peanut butter oat cups.

Substitutions & Additions

  • You can swap out all natural peanut butter for regular, but know that this will add to the sugar content and increase the glycemic index!
  • Some other great toppings for these treats would be: Any type of nuts, coconut shavings, chopped berries, and sea salt!

Recipe Tips

Tip #1 When you’re pressing the oat mixture into the cups, make sure that you really press it in so there’s no movement. This helps to keep them together when they’re all done.

Health Benefits

Oats:

  • Rich in Soluble Fiber: Oats are high in beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber that helps in lowering bad LDL cholesterol and stabilizing blood sugar levels.
  • Nutrient-Dense: They are packed with essential nutrients like manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc, supporting overall health.
  • Low Glycemic Index (GI): Oats have a low GI, which means they are digested slowly, providing a gradual release of energy and helping to maintain steady blood sugar levels.

Dark Chocolate:

  • Antioxidants: Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, such as flavonoids, which can help reduce heart disease risk and lower blood pressure.
  • Improves Brain Function: The flavonoids in dark chocolate may also improve brain function by increasing blood flow to the brain, enhancing cognitive functions.
  • Low Glycemic Index: Dark chocolate has a low GI of only 23, making it a better choice for blood sugar control compared to high-sugar snacks. It can contribute to a balanced diet, especially when consumed in moderation.

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no bake peanut butter oat cups

Energizing No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Cups

Michelle Saari RD MSc
These no-bake peanut butter oat cups are a quick and nutritious snack, packed with the energy-boosting power of oats and the creamy richness of all natural peanut butter. Perfect for on-the-go snacking or a healthy treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 290 kcal

Ingredients
  

Oat Mixture

  • 1 3/4 Cups Quick Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Crunchy all natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup

Chocolate Topping

  • 1/3 Cup Dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil

Final Topping

  • 1/4 Cup Crushed peanuts
  • 1/4 Cup Crunchy all natural peanut butter

Instructions
 

  • Mix in a bowl the oats, all natural peanut butter, and maple syrup. You may need to use your (clean) hands to mix together this mixture for best results. It should turn into a moist mixture that holds its form when pushed together. Set aside.
  • Put 12 muffin cups or silicone cups into a muffin tin.
  • Using a spoon scoop the oat mixture into each muffin cup evenly. They should be about 2/3 of the way full. Using the back of a spoon push down the oat mixture firmly.
  • If you have leftover oat mixture you can either add more muffin cups, or you can set aside and keep in the refrigerator to add to yogurt as granola!
  • In a microwave safe bowl mix together the dark chocolate chips and oil. Microwave until fully melted. I microwave fro 30 seconds then I stir it up for approximately 1 minute, if it is a thin liquid then it is ready to be poured onto the oat mixture. If there are still clumps, microwave it for 10-20 more seconds before stirring consistently again.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over top of each oat mixture in the muffin cups. Use a spoon to evenly spread the chocolate over each.
  • For the peanut butter and peanuts mixture on top, I prefer to place the peanut butter (no peanuts) in a microwave safe bowl (you can use the same one you did the chocolate in), and microwave it for 10-20 seconds to make it runny.
  • Once your peanut butter is pourable, spoon it on top of the chocolate mixture and stir lightly with the chocolate layer. Do the same to each muffin cup.
  • Sprinkle each muffin cup with peanuts as a crunchy topping!
  • Place in the freezer for approximately 20-30 minutes. Enjoy! You can then leave the mixtures in the refrigerator for about 2-3 days! They will last longer if you keep them in the freezer.

Notes

  • Dark chocolate is my preference for the health benefits and lower sugar content, but you can use any type of chocolate that you like.
  • Stick with quick oats, these are easier for chewing in a treat like this.
  • You can store them in the fridge or freezer, but they do need to set in the freezer for at least 20-30 minutes.
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