These chewy peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal bars have just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Happy Tuesday! I can already tell that this week is going to fly by. Which is alright with me! We leave Saturday to fly to Wichita to visit the hubs! I’m so glad we aren’t going another three weeks between visits! I’m actually looking forward to visiting Wichita again. The last time I was there I was young and single, so it was a bit of a downer for me. But, Kellen says it’s a really family friendly town, and since that’s the phase in life that we’re in, I’m excited to explore what the city has to offer!
But the reason for today’s post isn’t to chat about Wichita, Kansas. It’s to share these amazing peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal bars with you! These bars are the perfect treat. They have just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy. And they are full of peanut buttery goodness.
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Can you ever have too much peanut butter? I think not. At least not in our house. I used regular peanut butter for this recipe, as I do with most of my baking recipes. In our home, though, we house three kinds of nut butter: regular peanut butter, almond butter and PBFit. I use the PBFit for protein shakes and as a dip for apples, but when I bake I usually use regular peanut butter. It just works best for most recipes. And almond butter is great on sandwiches and as a dip as well.
But regular peanut butter is the way to my eldest child’s soul. 5 out of 7 mornings each week she has a peanut butter and honey sandwich for breakfast. Don’t judge; I’m just glad she eats anything. She is my polar opposite when it comes to breakfast; she could go without, whereas I am starving after 30 minutes of being awake.
All that just to say that we love ourselves some peanut butter.
You can make this recipe vegan, by using dairy-free chocolate chips (the best dairy free chocolate chips) and omitting the peanut butter chips. I prefer dark chocolate in all my recipes so I just use regular dark chips or chunks. I almost always use almond milk, but regular milk will work just fine as well.
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
- 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray an 8x8 baking dish with nonstick spray.
- With a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a hand mixer), mix the brown sugar and peanut butter on medium speed until light in color, about 3 minutes.
- Add in the vanilla and scrape down the sides after mixing.
- Add in the flour, oats, coconut, baking soda and salt. (The dough will be very clumpy but will come together in the next step).
- Slowly add the milk in a steady stream, mixing until a dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. You may need to use your hands to get everything to fully combine.
- Press the combined dough into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for about 18-20 minutes until the bars are just turning golden.
- Allow to cool completely in the pan, then cut into squares.
- Bars can be stored up to 2 weeks.
- Regular milk can be substituted for almond milk in this recipe.
- These bars can be made vegan if you substitute dairy-free chocolate chips and omit the peanut butter chips.
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These peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal bars are great for a quick snack on the go, or as a dessert. You could maybe even justify them as a breakfast food. They do contain oatmeal after all. 🙂