4 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free, Protein-Packed, Dairy Free, No Added Sugar)


4 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bars (V, GF, DF): an easy recipe for simple salty ‘n sweet energy bars that taste like peanut butter cookies! Vegan, Gluten Free, Protein-Packed, Dairy-Free.



  • 10 Medjool dates (3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons dates, packed)
  • ¾ cup unsalted, natural creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)


  1. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, greased foil or wax paper. Set aside.
  2. Add dates and peanut butter to a food processor. Blend until you get a somewhat cohesive, sticky and crumbly mixture, like chunks of wet sand/dough. This will take about a minute. Scrape down the sides of the processor as needed.
  3. Add in peanuts, vanilla and salt (if using). Blend until the peanuts are fully-incorporated and you get a soft, crumbly mixture, with a few small bits and pieces of peanuts still visible. It’s ready when you can pinch the mixture between your fingers and it holds together.
  4. Pour this mixture into the prepared baking pan. Press down and smooth into a tightly-packed, even layer.
  5. Freeze for 20-30 minutes, until very firm. Remove from freezer and slice into 18 bars. Enjoy! Storing instructions below.


– Adapted from my No Bake Chocolate Pecan Bars.
– Store in an airtight container at room temperature or the refrigerator for 1-3 weeks.
– Freezing instructions: store in an airtight, freezer-friendly container for 1-2 months. Allow to thaw for 5-10 minutes before enjoying.
– More No Bake recipes (all V, GF, DF): no bake peanut butter coconut cookies, no bake almond joy energy bites, no bake chocolate almond butter bars (paleo).

  • Category: No Bake, Vegan, Gluten Free, Protein-Packed, No Added Sugar, Dairy-Free