Desserts

Peanut Butter Oat Cups

These Peanut Butter Oat Cups come together in just under 20 minutes and make for the perfect no bake treat this summer! The base is made with rolled oats and creamy peanut butter and then topped with melted dark chocolate, a true delight!

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a plate that is filled with peanut butter oat cups that are topped with flakey sea salt.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Peanut Butter Oat Cups come together in just under 20 minutes.
  • The perfect no bake treat to make this summer!
  • You only need 4 simple ingredients.
  • The best dessert for when you don’t want to turn on your oven.
  • As written, this recipe is vegan, plant-based, and dairy free.
  • Use certified gluten free oats to keep this recipe gluten free.
  • Come together easily with silicon liners.
  • Peanut butter, chocolate and oats is just a match made in heaven.
  • If you love this recipe, be sure to check out my dark chocolate almond butter cups!

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Peanut Butter Oat Cups. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

Use certified gluten free oats to keep this recipe gluten free, otherwise any type of rolled oats will work great. I have not tested this recipe with quick oats.

A touch of maple syrup adds a bit of sweetness. You can also use honey, agave or date syrup.

I opted for creamy, all natural peanut butter for this recipe. But you can also use PB Fit, or a thick peanut butter. Alternatively, you can substitute for any type of nut or seed butter or oat butter to make it nut-free.

To keep this recipe dairy free, then use a vegan dark chocolate. Otherwise, feel free to use milk chocolate, white chocolate or your favorite kind.

Sprinkle the top with some flakey sea salt if desired.

oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips and maple syrup in individual containers.

How To Make

ONE: In a bowl, mix together the peanut butter and maple syrup.

mix together the peanut butter and maple syrup.

TWO: Next, add in the oats and mix until well combined.

THREE: Add the oat mixture to the silicon molds and press down with a spoon until it’s even.

FOUR: Add a dollop of peanut butter on top and freeze for 20 minutes.

a dollop of peanut butter on top and freeze for 20 minutes.

FIVE: Then, drizzle the tops with melted chocolate and freeze once more until totally firm, about 20 more minutes. Remove from liners, sprinkle with flakey sea salt and enjoy!

Tips And Tricks

Mix together the maple syrup and peanut butter first before adding in the oats.

Use silicon liners for best results.

If using creamy, runny peanut butter then the freezing time will be longer. Freeze until the peanut butter is no longer runny.

Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave with a touch of oil and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well in between each round.

How To Serve And Store

Serve these Peanut Butter Oat Cups once they are firm and able to be removed from the liners.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge or the freezer. Storing in the fridge will allow a more softer texture, vs the freezer you will need to allow for it to soften on the counter for a few minutes before enjoying.

a hand holding three of the peanut butter oat cups with a bite taken out of the one on top.

Taste And Texture

These Peanut Butter Oat Cups taste like a dream. They taste like a reeces peanut butter cup with a slight crunch.

The texture is soft, chewy and creamy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use quick oats instead of rolled oats?

I have not tested it this way, but i’m assuming it would work the same. You may need more quick oats, just depends on the texture.

Do I have to use the silicon molds?

It’s highly recommended, this makes it much easier to remove.

Are these stored in the fridge or the freezer?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge or the freezer. Storing in the fridge will allow a more softer texture, vs the freezer you will need to allow for it to soften on the counter for a few minutes before enjoying.

Other Recipes You May Like

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Peanut Butter Oat Cups

These Peanut Butter Oat Cups come together in just under 20 minutes and make for the perfect no bake treat this summer! The base is made with rolled oats and creamy peanut butter and then topped with melted dark chocolate, a true delight!
4 based on 5 reviews
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TOTAL TIME:
30 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned, rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup chocolate of choice, melted
  • flakey sea salt, optional

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

8 cups

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix together the peanut butter and maple syrup.
  2. Next, add in the oats and mix until well combined.
  3. Add the oat mixture to the silicon molds and press down with a spoon until it's even. I like to use a cookie scoop, so about 2 tbsp of the oat mixture for each base. 
  4. Add a dollop of peanut butter on top and freeze for 20 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave with about 2 tsp of oil. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well in between each round.
  6. When ready, add the melted chocolate to the tops of each oat cup and freeze for about 20 more minutes. 
  7. Remove from liners, sprinkle with flakey sea salt and enjoy!

Notes

  • Mix together the maple syrup and peanut butter first before adding in the oats.
  • Use silicon liners for best results.
  • If using creamy, runny peanut butter then the freezing time will be longer. Freeze until the peanut butter is no longer runny.
  • Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave with a touch of oil and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well in between each round.
  • Use a cookie scoop to add the oat mixture to each cavity.

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Looks delicious
Can you leave out the maple syrup? It makes me itchy, I could substitute with honey I assume but I don’t keep it on hand and it’s so expensive

hi jenn! yes, you can use honey or agave is another inexpensive substitute. you can also leave it out, but the cups won’t be sweet, unless you use a really sweet chocolate for the topping 🙂

Super yummy recipe. I found the mixture a little crumbly as opposed to “sticky” when scooping into the Liners. Is there way to reduce the “crumbliness”? Otherwise the taste was great and the texture improved once I placed in the freezer.

I’m glad you liked them! The crumbliness can depend on the type of peanut butter that was used! they all can differ in texture, but don’t worry just add in a touch more until it’s sticky and the right consistency!

I was wondering if you have to keep these in the freezer ? Would they be ok to keep in the refrigerator?
Thank you

So good! I like to keep a “healthier” sweet treat on hand so I don’t give in to cravings and these are perfect. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

I made these using sunflower seed butter and quick oats. I am allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. These truly are a quick snack to make. Especially if you crave something sweet. I am keeping them in the freezer and take them out a few minutes before eating them. Will def make again!

Hi Mia! That’s amazing, i’m so happy to hear the recipe worked out with those substitutions. Thanks for your comment and rating! xx