Peanut butter snack squares from The High-Protein Vegan Cookbook are a wonderful snack for kids and adults. They are not too sweet and remind me of a cross between a granola bar and snack cake. 

Peanut butter oatmeal snack bars on a piece of parchment paper with a cup of coffee in the background.

I’ve mentioned this several times before but I’ll say it again. One of the things I love most about this job is connecting with others around the world, whether that’s readers/friends or blogging peers. It’s so fun when a new cookbook comes out, and my friend Ginny from Vegan in the Freezer has a fabulous new cookbook. Ginny and her publisher have agreed to share one of the recipes with us. 

It seems like my kids are always asking for a snack, so I was excited to try the Peanut Butter Snack Squares. My daughter and I made them after school this week. They were very easy to make and loaded with nutrition. If there are no nut allergies in your school they would be great for lunch boxes too. 

The cover of the High Protein Vegan Cookbook

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How to Make Peanut Butter Snack Bars

Start by whipping coconut sugar and peanut butter together for 5 minutes. 

Whipped peanut butter and coconut sugar in the bottom of an electric mixer bowl.

The peanut butter mixture will lighten up and after adding a splash of vanilla it will smell amazing. 

Whipped peanut butter topped with whole wheat flour, chickpea flour, and baking soda in a mixing bowl to make peanut butter oatmeal snack squares.

Now we add the dry ingredients. Wholesome whole wheat flour and chickpea flour are used here. Chickpea flour is a higher protein flour. 

The dough for peanut butter snack squares is in a silver mixing bowl.

Next add in the oats, peanuts, and chopped dates and fold together. Press this dough into a greased 8-inch baking dish and in about 20 minutes you’ll have a tasty snack! 

Peanut butter oatmeal snack squares are cut on a piece of parchment paper. These delicious bars taste like a combination of granola bars, blondies, and snack cake. This is a great portable high protein vegan snack.

Yield: 16 squares

Peanut Butter Snack Squares

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Lightly sweetened peanut butter, date, and oat snack bars are like a less sweet granola bar meets snack cake. They make a delicious snack or breakfast treat.

Peanut Butter Snack Squares


  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup garbanzo flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free milk
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped small


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. Mix the sugar and peanut butter with a hand or stand mixer on medium speed for 5 minutes. Mix in the vanilla. Add the flours, baking soda, and baking powder and mix on medium speed. Add the oats and mix for a few seconds. This will be stiff. Add the milk and mix on medium until just combined.
  3. Fold in the peanuts and dates and make sure everything is well incorporated.
  4. You can use your hands to press the dough lightly into the prepared dish. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  5. Place on a wire rack to cool. Cut into sixteen squares and store in the refrigerator.


This recipe was reprinted with permission from the author and The Countryman Press.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Trans Fat: 0gSodium: 195mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 7g