The sweet n’ salty snack bar of your dreams is here! These no-bake Popcorn bars are sure to delight any taste buds. Vegan, gluten-free, and easily made no sugar added!
Another day, another peanut butter recipe because it’s my favorite food….ever. 😉
Peanut butter is just superb. Whenever I get asked what one food I couldn’t go without is, my answer is simple. Not a day goes by that I don’t eat it or crave it. It’s my ultimate desert island food.
No Bake Recipes for the WIN
Another amazing use for it? NO BAKE recipes! It’s texture is just so perfect for binding ingredients together…and let’s face it, anything tastes better when mixed with peanut butter (well, most things…)!
So with a BAKED peanut butter dessert already shared this week, I thought it was time to go the NO BAKE route for you all. Since the weather is getting colder here, I almost forget that some of you live in areas of perpetual heat and don’t like turning on the oven as often as I do. This is where no-bake recipes shine!
They’re easy to make, require no electricity or ovens, and are pretty fun to put together too! With a fresh jar of peanut butter in my cabinet (my FAVORITE kind of course!) and the best of the best ingredients from my friends at Bob’s Red Mill, I went to town mixing and combining until I created some sweet n’ salty snack bars of deliciousness.
These babies are sweet. They’re salty. They have amazing texture. And they are PERFECT for an easy, healthy snack to take on the go. They’d even be great for passing out at your kiddos school (if they’re not peanut free of course!) or making for a your next holiday party.
No Bake Sweet n’ Salty Popcorn Bars
No Bake Sweet n’ Salty Popcorn Bars
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 9 large bars 1x
- Category: Sweet Snacks
- Diet: Gluten Free
2 cups of Bob’s Red Mill quick rolled oats
2 1/2 cup popped popcorn, slightly crushed
1/2 cup Catalina Crunch Honey Graham Cereal (or another honey flavored cereal)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup maple syrup (or date syrup, for a no added sugar option!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup Hu Kitchen dark chocolate gems
In a large bowl, combine popcorn, cereal, oats, and salt.
In microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter, syrup, and vanilla extract. Microwave for 1 minute and then whisk together until smooth.
Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until evenly combined. Line an 8×8 baking square with parchment paper and press the batter into the baking dish. Make sure it’s a tightly packed, even layer!
In a small microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate gems (heat for 30 seconds and then 10 second intervals until fully melted). Drizzle chocolate over the popcorn bars. Chill in freezer for at least 30 minutes. Remove from fridge, cut into 9 bars, and serve! Store in the refrigerator.
The combination of hearty, chewy rolled oats and crunchy popcorn makes these bars so satisfying. The syrup and peanut butter compliment each other for the ultimate sweet n’ salty flavor…and the maple syrup can even be swapped out for date syrup to make these no added sugar! WIN.
Like me, I think you’ll be obsessed with these bars! I think between my dad and I (both peanut butter obsessed!), we went through the whole pan of them in about 2 days. No shame in our sweet n’ salty snack game! 😉
Do you prefer peanut butter in sweet or salty recipes?
What’s your favorite sweet n’ salty combination?
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