Cooking with Anna: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Squares

Ready for tasty chocolate granola bars? Find the step-by-step pictures and instructions below, with the recipe following. Use your creativity for optional add-ins!

Measure butter.

Pour honey into a measuring cup.

Melt butter.

While waiting for the butter to melt, measure oats into a bowl. Mix cocoa into the oats.

After the butter is melted, add the honey. Stir.

Measure peanut butter and add to the honey/butter mixture.


You’ll need vanilla and cinnamon.

Heat until the mixture is just bubbling, making sure to stir occasionally so the bottom doesn’t burn.

Pour cinnamon and vanilla in.

Pour heated mixture over the oats.

Stir. And for those who enjoy taste testing, now is the time!

Spoon mixture into a pan.

Spread evenly.

Put in freezer to allow to harden up a bit.

Delicious. Thanks, Anna, for another great recipe.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Squares

by Anna Maxwell

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Melt butter in pan. While melting, toss oats with cocoa in medium bowl. Once the butter has melted, add honey and peanut butter and cook on low until it starts to bubble. Remove from heat and quickly stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over oats and mix well. Press firmly into 8×8″ pan, and freeze until firm enough to be able to cut. Cut and place in container. Best if stored in refrigerator.

    “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste.”

    –Proverbs 24:13

    26 thoughts on “Cooking with Anna: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Squares”

    1. Thank you for sharing that recipe! We will definitely add that to our family favorites. We are all huge fans of chocolate and peanut butter combinations. You and your family have been such a blessing to our family. We thank our Lord Jesus for you!

    2. These look worth trying. I did want to let you know that you left out the cocoa in the step-by-step with photos.

    3. This reminds me a lot of my no bake oatmeal chocolate drops, but a little different. I’ll have to try these!

    4. Anna, This sounds so delicious. I think I am going to make these for the nurses/staff at the radiation center this week–I like to take them something every week to thank them for all the good care they give to Mr. Phil. I know they are going to love these bars.

      Thank you for sharing.

      Blessings, Mrs. Mari

    5. Britt–We think the almond butter will work fine in place of the peanut butter! Blessings.


    6. Thanks for the recipe! I love it when photos are included–it really helps when one is “culinarily-challenged”. 🙂 Our family does not prefer any nut butters. What would you suggest for omitting the peanut butter? Thanks!

    7. Yummy, this looks so delicious, and fun, too! We have peanut allergies, but we eat something called Sunbutter, which is like peanut butter but made from sunflower seeds. I think it will work well, too. Thank you!

    8. This looks and sounds great!

      Do you happen to know the nutrition information for this recipe? I’d love to make it for my husband. Thanks for sharing!
      Sorry, no.

    9. Thanks for the wonderful recipes Anna, you seem like you are quite proficient in the kitchen 🙂 I know that you all are busy prepping for a trip but I just tried making your yogurt recipe the other day and it turned out great (yah, for a first try and broken thermometer I was impressed!) But, I was wondering if you have ever tried to sweeten the yogurt with honey (or sugar) before it goes into the warm cooler to ‘firm up’? Just was wondering… and again I appreciate you posting the wonderful recipes! Merla
      We’ve not tried sweetening it before. Let us know what happens.

    10. These remind me of my favorite…no bake cookies–just slightly healthier. I’m not a fan of honey. Does the cocoa or peanut butter cover the honey taste? Regardless, they look great!
      You are right.

    11. I LOVE new recipes that I can actually get the ingredients to here!!! 🙂 This one looks super yummy! I think I will need to quadruple the batch…I mean, after the taste testing step, if I just made a single batch, there may not be any left! 🙂

      Chocolate, PB, Oats, Honey, Vanilla…I am soooo hungry right now 🙂

    12. YUM! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe, Anna. I’m looking forward to making these!

    13. Thank you for sharing Anna. It sounds wonderful. I have put this on my schedule to make next weekend. After I try it and make sure I can follow your recipe – I look for it to become one of our road snacks.

    14. Anna, I just made these and everyone votes to keep this recipe! We have had sick children for about a week and they were wanting a treat but I didn’t want to give them anything with sugar. This was a perfect treat; sweet but still had “good stuff” in it. Thank you for sharing your home making ideas. You are an encouragement to our young ladies and to us “seasoned” moms.

    15. Kate,
      You can omit the peanut butter and add some extra honey. It’ll be delicious!


    16. We just made a batch of these.
      We substituted almond butter and peppermint extract. They are great. Thank you, Anna, for the yummy recipe.

    17. Just made this recipe and boy I cant wait to taste it. I think i will have to try to beat the kids to it though! they are drooling already! (Doesnt help when i just mopped the floor!) I think I’ll sit down with a nice cup of tea and a couple of slices. Thankyou Anna for making this. I Loove chocolate, and as soon as i saw the recipe had cocoa in it and i had all the ingrediants, I just HAD to try it.

    18. We just placed a batch of these in the freezer to firm up. Can’t wait to eat them. We scraped the bowl clean so I know they are good. Thanks for sharing.


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