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Peanut Butter Oat Breakfast Bars

These Simply Nutty Bars aka Peanut Butter Oat Breakfast Bars happen to be refined sugar free as well as dairy free ~ curious to find out what goes into ’em? Then read on, my friends!

Simply Nutty Breakfast Bars

Today, if y’all don’t mind, I’m gonna take y’all back to the evening of March 30th. That evening, I was piddling around in my kitchen when my mom texted me to tell me to turn on my TV to a local news channel. And, so I did…only to see flames engulfing what the local news anchor was saying was an I-85 bridge. Now, I-85 runs from the Northern tip of Georgia to its Southern tip, with overpasses and bridges scattered through it.

Y’all, there are some days when it has felt like 4,700,000 of Atlanta’s 5,700,000+ people are on it. So – when they announced that it was going to be closed down entirely and traffic rerouted because of the fire…I was gobsmacked!

While I used to use it everyday when I worked in the corporate world, these days, I only depend on it when I leave my neck of suburbia to visit my mom in town or get to the airport. Speaking of the airport, I’ve gotta do a little re-routing myself. So, would you take a little detour with me to that time I made it to The Everything Food Conference in Salt Lake City?

Peanut Butter Oat Breakfast Bars with Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter

While I was at the conference, I had the good fortune to sit down with a lovely lady from Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter. Now, I’ve enjoyed Crazy Richard’s Almond Butter before, but I was not familiar with their peanut butter and this lady proceeded to pull out and start kneading a portable pack of Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter. As we talked about how Crazy Richard’s is involved in Blessings in a Bag and several such charities, she ripped off a corner of that pack and handed it to me to have a taste.

Y’all – that peanut butter was good! Real good! But, I was sure it had sugar in it. When I inquired, I was gobsmacked when I was told that there was only one ingredient in their peanut butter – and that was peanuts! I was sent home with a large box of Crazy Richard’s Portable Packs of Peanut Butter which I figured I would use to make some “traffic-snacks” for my daughter and I.

Peanut Butter Bars Gluten Free Refined Sugar Free

As it’s taken my daughter and I almost 2 hours to go about 30 miles to visit her grandma, I figured we could do with some traffic snacks that didn’t drive us too batty. Since I made those Chocolate Pretzel Bars awhile back, I’ve been experimenting with modified versions of them. These Simply Nutty Bars aka Peanut Butter Oat Breakfast Bars were the result of my experimenting, and I gotta say, my daughter and I were pretty pleased with them.

While these bars have no refined sugar, they do have sugar from the dates in them which might not make them the best choice for a diabetic. But, with an ingredient list that includes oats, coconut oil, dates, Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter, vanilla, cinnamon and eggs, these didn’t give us a sugar rush while we are playing in traffic.

Of course, as fate may have it, shortly after I made these bars, they reopened the part of I-85 that was shut down – way, way ahead of schedule…which had us turn these Simply Nutty traffic snack bars into Peanut Butter Oat Breakfast Bars!  😉 

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Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter Oat Breakfast Bars

I sure do hope y’all get to piddle around in the kitchen and experiment with healthier bars like these Simply Nutty Bars aka Peanut Butter Oat Breakfast Bars – the fact that they taste the way they do, sans butter, flour and sugar just might leave ya gobsmacked!

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*This is not a sponsored post, I am kinda enamored by Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter and what they stand for, so I simply had to share.

Peanut Butter Oat Breakfast Bars AKA Simply Nutty Bars - Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free

Simply Nutty Bars • Peanut Butter Oat Breakfast Bars

Yield: 7
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 2 cups rolled oats (gluten free variety)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (solid/ at room temperature)
  • 12 medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tspns vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tspns Each - pecans, peanuts, oats, chopped dates as topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Add the dates to a bowl of warm water and let soak a few minutes till soft (if water is hot it takes about 3-5 minutes, unless dates are super dry, then might take 10 minutes).
  3. Place rolled oats, coconut oil, soaked dates, peanut butter, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and eggs to a high powered blender or food processor and blend till well incorporated - mixture will be slightly runny.
  4. Pour mix into parchment lined baking tray (I used an 8x8 baking pan).
  5. Top with pecans, peanuts, oats, and chopped dates and bake for 33-35 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely ( I was impatient and showed mine in the fridge). Then cut up into 8 bars and enjoy.
Nutrition Information
Yield 7
Amount Per Serving Calories 299Saturated Fat 13.4gCholesterol 61mgSodium 209mgFiber 3.7gSugar 9gProtein 7.1g

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Peanut Butter Oat Breakfast Bars AKA Simply Nutty Bars - Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free


Sunday 21st of May 2017

I remember that they had the bridge closes, so bad!!! Glad you made it to the conference and had great time there. These bars look super delicious! Love them!

Demeter | Beaming Baker

Friday 19th of May 2017

The second I read "peanut butter oat bar," I just knew this was gonna be GOOD!! Shashi, my friend, you know how I just love my peanut butter and oat combos! This looks utterly delicious! Btw, I totally love Crazy Richard's peanut butter! I always buy it in bulk. Lol. What a fantastic recipe you've created! I'll be dreaming about them all weekend!

Pamela (BrooklynFarmGirl)

Friday 19th of May 2017

Great snack/breakfast idea :)

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Friday 19th of May 2017

Yes, yes and yes! Pinned.

Shashi, you know I am always looking for new bars for hillwalking expeditions and these are absolutely perfect, thank you!

That's shocking about that I-85 in Atlanta bridge being closed down because of the fire. I actually went and Googles about it just to look at the pictures! Anyway, at least it's not something you have to care about too much anymore. You've done your time, haven't you? :-)

Have a great weekend!

allie @ Through Her Looking Glass

Thursday 18th of May 2017

You sure were gobsmacked a few times recently, my friend. And now I am too. These bars look fabulous and I love the date sweetener and natural peanut butter. I had heard about that fire on I-85 in Atlanta. Crazy. I heard that it was a bunch of utility cables that were coiled underneath the bridge that caught fire and really got the flames wild. Too bad and what a shame, but I was glad to hear that there were no injuries related to the fire. I used to use that bridge when we lived in the south and would come in to Atlanta. Well, hope all is well with you my friend. If nothing else, I know you are eating well with these delicious bars on hand. XOXO

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