No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars

 

a bunch of No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars stacked on top of each other on a plate
No-bake chocolate oatmeal cookie bars are dense and rich. Just one bite and friends and family will swoon over these tasty and easy-to-make dessert bars.
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Table of Contents
  1. No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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No-bake chocolate oatmeal cookie bars taste just as yummy as your favorite oatmeal cookie recipe, but you can easily enjoy them without heating up the house. Full of oats and chocolate, the only thing easier than making these soft and chewy no-bake cookie bars is eating them. 

If you love no-bake cookie recipes you’ll want to make Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies, No Bake Monster Cookies, and Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies.

a bunch of No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars stacked on top of each other on a plate
No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars raw ingredients that are labeled

You will need:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs

Substitutions and Additions

NUTS: While the recipe calls for chopped pecans, you can substitute this for many different kinds of nuts. If you prefer, you could use chopped almonds, walnuts, cashews, or macadamia nuts instead. 

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: As with the nuts, you can substitute the semisweet chocolate chips. You could use milk chocolate chips, white chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter chips instead. 

GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS: You can make your own graham cracker crumbs by placing them in a Ziploc bag and using a rolling pin to crush them. You can also opt to buy store-bought graham cracker crumbs if you prefer.

PRO TIP: This is a fantastic recipe to make and freeze. Make a double batch of this great treat and keep the extras for later. 

STEP ONE: Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

STEP TWO: Add milk, sugar, and butter to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Allow to boil for one minute and then remove the mixture from the heat.

milk, sugar, and butter boiled in a pot

STEP THREE: Add the chocolate chips and stir well.

chocolate chip added to the milk mixture in a pot

STEP FOUR: Add pecans, oats, graham cracker crumbs, and vanilla. Stir well.

pecans, oats, graham cracker crumbs, and vanilla stir in a pot

STEP FIVE: Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

STEP SIX: Allow to completely cool, about 1 to 2 hours. Slice into cookie bars and serve.

PRO TIP: Make sure you don’t skip the refrigeration step. The cookie bars need time to set and it will make them much easier to cut once chilled.

pecan mixture added to the baking dish

How to Serve

Irresistible chocolate oatmeal cookie bars are rich and dense. These scrumptious no-bake dessert bars are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and are perfect for enjoying any time of the year. Serve your cookie bars with a cold glass of milk or a vanilla latte

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: After these delicious chocolate cookie bars have completely cooled, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 

IN THE FREEZER: For longer storage, place the no-bake chocolate oatmeal bars in a container in the freezer. They can last for up to 1 month this way.

overhead shot of No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars in a baking dish

No-bake chocolate oatmeal cookie bars are easy to make and delicious. The perfect combination of soft and crunchy, this delightful dessert can be made with just a few basic ingredients, 10 minutes of prep time, and you don’t even have to turn on the oven. Just one bite and friends and family will gush over these tasty dessert bars. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add other ingredients to this recipe? 

This great recipe is perfect for customizing with your favorite mix-ins. Try chia seeds, flax seeds, or coconut.

Can I freeze these cookie bars? 

This no-bake dessert recipe will freeze well stored in an airtight container for up to one month.

Could I turn this recipe into cookies rather than bars? 

We have not tried making them this way but I can’t see why you couldn’t scoop them onto a baking sheet flattened into cookies and chilled instead.

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a bunch of No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars stacked on top of each other on a plate
No-bake chocolate oatmeal cookie bars are dense and rich. Just one bite and friends and family will swoon over these tasty and easy-to-make dessert bars.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs

Instructions
 

  • Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Add milk, sugar, and butter to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Allow to boil for one minute and then remove the mixture from the heat.
  • Add the chocolate chips and stir well.
  • Add pecans, oats, graham cracker crumbs, and vanilla. Stir well.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Allow to completely cool, about 1 to 2 hours. Slice into cookie bars and serve.

Notes

  • This is a fantastic recipe to make and freeze. Make a double batch of this great treat and keep the extras for later.
  • Make sure you don’t skip the refrigeration step. The cookie bars need time to set and it will make them much easier to cut once chilled.

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