I stumbled on this snack bar recipe from How Sweet It Is a few days ago and knew I had to give these a shot. I had all the ingredients on hand so in the oven they went.
Oh. My. Goodness. I love these. They pack a lot of flavor and are REALLY filling. Especially when accompanied with a glass of milk (which you will need). What’s crazy about these is that they don’t have any oil or butter in them but they sure taste like they do.
They make the house smell super yummy too. I guess it revved up my husband’s appetite because he couldn’t resist a little taste before I got my pictures.
I haven’t done this yet but it would also be a good recipe to make up and freeze for later use or to give to a new mom. It’s safe to say these were a Pinterest success and will be going into my recipe book.
One last tip for you:
You can make the dough ahead of time and either refrigerate it or freeze it in a safe freezing dish like THIS ONE.
If you freeze it just let the dough thaw and bake according to instructions. I love this freezing dish because I can freeze in it, bake in it, AND store food as well. Here is more on our recommended freezer containers if you’re interested!
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These oatmeal peanut butter bars do not use oil or butter, but you will never miss it. They are a delicious treat with natural peanut butter and whole wheat flour. Make these for your next dessert night!
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cups creamy peanut butter, like Skippy Natural
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, add peanut butter and sugar and mix on high speed until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in vanilla extract and mix until combined.
- Add in flour, oats, salt and baking soda, mixing on medium speed. The dough will look crumbly and you want the peanut butter mix to be broken up into clumps. Add milk with the mixer on low speed, and mix until a dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Make sure dough is completely combined, and roll it into a ball with your hands. Place it in the middle of an 8×8 baking dish, pressing it to fit. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until set and golden on top. Let cool completely, then cut into 9 squares.
Freezer Meal Instructions:
Combine all ingredients (through step 3). Then press dough in to 8×8 pan as directed in step 4. Freeze before baking.
Let the dough thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then bake as directed.