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Oatmeal Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips

Oatmeal Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips

I wanted to make a special treat for the kids today but I didn’t want to go to the store.  I finally found this recipe on Andrea Meyers site that wasn’t filled with sugar and butter and used whole wheat flour and oatmeal to make these bars tasty and sweet while being a little bit healthier.  They were fun and easy to make and they put a huge smile on both of my kids faces.

Oatmeal Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Coat an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.

Cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar together with a mixer until creamy and smooth.  Add the egg, peanut butter, and vanilla and beat until creamy and well combined.

Combine the oatmeal, whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.  Add the oatmeal mixture to the butter mixture and mix well.  Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish.  The filling will be sticky so wet your hands to pat the dough down into the pan.

Oatmeal Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips

Place into the oven to bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.

While the cookie base is baking combine the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and milk together until well combined.  Place the mixture into a small ziplock bag and seal.

Remove the cookie base from the oven and pour the chocolate chips on top while it’s still hot so the chocolate chips will melt and ooze all over the cookie base.   Cut a small piece out of the corner of the bag filled with the glaze then drizzle the peanut butter glaze on top of the chocolate chips.  Allow to cool before cutting into bars and serving.  Enjoy.

Oatmeal Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips

 

Oatmeal Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips

Oatmeal Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • Cookie Base:
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 small egg slightly beaten
  • 2 ½ tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • tsp salt
  • 6 oz semisweet mini chocolate chips
  • GLAZE:
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1-2 tbsp milk depending on how thick you want the glaze

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar together with a mixer until creamy and smooth. Add the egg, peanut butter, and vanilla and beat until creamy and well combined.
  • Combine the oatmeal, whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Add the oatmeal mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. The filling will be sticky so wet your hands to pat the dough down into the pan.
  • Place into the oven to bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While the cookie base is baking combine the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and milk together until well combined. Place the mixture into a small ziplock bag and seal.
  • Remove the cookie base from the oven and pour the chocolate chips on top while it's still hot so the chocolate chips will melt and ooze all over the cookie base. Cut a small piece out of the corner of the bag filled with the glaze then drizzle the peanut butter glaze on top of the chocolate chips. Allow to cool before cutting into bars and serving. Enjoy.
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22 Comments

  1. The peanut butter glaze sounds delightful! I hope there were some left over for lunch boxes. Oh, that’s right, you only have 2 small children, not the thundering herd of big dudes that inhabit my little corner of the world. Hope you’re all feeling better not!

  2. Wow that looks delicious, chewy, gooey, and good! Even though I don’t do dessert, I’d eat that for sure. I’m a sucker for the oatmeal base.

  3. I just made these and they are wonderful! I am having a luncheon at my home tomorrow and am using one of your quiche recipes. But I bet that the highlight will be these bars!!! Thank you

  4. Those look so delicious. I love baking and have the biggest sweet tooth. I love that you used oatmeal and whole wheat flour as a healthier alternative. I look forward to baking this.