No Bake Coconut Molasses Bars

These bars are the result of a mistake in the kitchen that ended up creating something quite delicious (which does not happen very often-remember the pancakes?). I was working on a no bake cookie recipe and decided to add molasses as the sweetener on a whim. I forgot that molasses is a very strong flavor and completely overwhelmed the peanut butter. After a bit of experimentation with other flavors, I found that coconut flakes  mellows out the molasses and creates a nicer presentation than brown squares.

I struggled in the decision of whether to post these or not, since they were not what I was originally planning on making. But when the family ate all 12 bars in under 12 hours, I felt like that was evidence enough to their deliciousness!

No Bake Molasses Bars

makes 12 one inch bars


1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup molasses

1/4 cup dried coconut flakes

Mix the first three ingredients together until the batter is smooth. Firmly press batter into a 9×9 (or smaller) pan. Cut into squares and remove, the first one might get a little squished but it gets easier to remove them after the first one. Press the bars into the coconut flakes to coat every side.


Also today is the first day of Lora’s Burpee Challenge! I started off with 15 burpees (with jumps and push ups) and the plan is to add one burpee each day. I will say that 15 was a challenge today, and I am glad I have some accountability to continue with this when it gets really hard!

6 comments on “No Bake Coconut Molasses Bars

  1. Those look so dense and delicious!

  2. Ooh these look YUMMY!! SO glad you are participating in the Burpee Challenge. I also did 15 this morning and man, it was tougher than I thought!! 🙂

    • recimplicity says:

      yeah, I thought it would be no big deal but after about 7 I thought about maybe starting at 10. But knowing that you were going for 15, put the pressure on me to do more, yay for virtual gym partners 🙂

  3. Food Stories says:

    I love mistakes like that 🙂

  4. thelady8home says:

    Wow! These look easy, and delicious!! I am always looking for easy and quick snack recipes, and this looks perfect. Peanut butter too! I am trying them tomorrow.

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