peanut butter coconut no bake oat bars

Thank you everyone who chimmed in on yesterday’s pumping and milk supply talk!  All the great tips, advice and hearing how it went for other mamas was appreciated.

One thing that’s surprised me since having a baby is the amount of TV I’ve been watching.  It’s crazy since I used to never watch TV on my own, mainly just in the evenings with Jacob.

Now, whenever I’m upstairs nursing Hunter, the TV is on.  I’m kind of embarrassed by the amount of Say Yes to the Dress episodes I’ve watched…

Before having a baby I’d rarely lounge around.  I love being productive.  Having a baby made me take a step back and re-prioritize what I do.  It’s not that I don’t like being productive anymore, I just have to squeeze it in, and decide when it’s better to do something, or just relax and recuperate.  Learning to take naps has been a challenge at times, but I’m working at it.

Since I went no where yesterday and Hunter napped pretty well, I got to do both.  A long nap + TV time, and some good old time in the kitchen.

I didn’t wait until Hunter went down for his nap to get busy in the kitchen.  He was just loving the bouncy chair (finally!).  He just watched the elephant (not the rhino one bit) the entire time as the music played.

I made a new version of an old favorite yesterday – no bakes.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love no bake cookies!  I don’t know why, but they tempt me so much every time.  Maybe it’s the usual combo of peanut butter and chocolate?

While these bars have peanut butter, there’s no chocolate to be found.  Instead I swapped in coconut and cinnamon.  Because I just love cinnamon.

Having a baby around has made me really enjoy easy to grab snacks.  Once these are made they hang out in the fridge until I’m ready to enjoy them.  With one hand full with a baby, these are the perfect grab and go snack.

Peanut Butter Coconut No Bake Oat Bars
Makes 8

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup large unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Direction

  1. In a small pot over medium heat add the peanut butter, honey, coconut oil and vanilla. Heat until everything is melted together, then stir in the remaining ingredients.
  2. On a parchment or wax paper shape the oat mixture into 8 equal squares.
  3. Store in the fridge.

Do you have a favorite easy grab n go snack you like to make? 

Heather

23 thoughts on “peanut butter coconut no bake oat bars

  1. It is amazing how much your time shifts when you have a baby! He is so darn cute! Glad you were able to get some kitchen time in- so relaxing!And they look yummy

  2. Is there a coconut oil sub that would be good?

    I too love no bake stuff. When I was on maternity leave my favorite was some peanut butter cookie dough balls that I got from (never)home maker. I made them so much that I needed a break from them for awhile. Currently my go-to snack is peanut butter protein bars from concrete runner.

    I loved being in the kitchen when my son was newborn (I still do – he is just more active now at 10 months old) – he would just hang out in his bouncy seat and we’d talk and sing until he’d fall asleep.

    • The coconut oil hardens when cold, so you could sub in butter which would act similarly. I wouldn’t sub in a different oil since it would be a lot softer and might not keep its form.

  3. I NEVER watch TV! I’m always on my ipad though, and the only time i really get to sit down is when im nursing, so it’s a good excuse to make myself stop and take a break. those no bake squares look great, I really need to make something like that right now, Ive been craving some sort of no bakes lately!

  4. These are delicious!! I will definitely be making them again. They didn’t seem to stick together and they fell apart easily. However, still very tasty! Do you have any suggestions on how to make them less crumbly? Do you heat the peanut butter, coconut oil, etc. to a certain temperature?

  5. Maybe im being very thick but i cant get them to stick together at all! Do you fridge them then mold? Im not too upset bc its totally delish all warm anyways haha i know this is an old post but do you have a suggestion?

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