Ahhhh, Pinterest. How we love thee!
This recipe is yet another wonderful thing I discovered on Pinterest. I was able to quickly whip these up today with ingredients that I always have on hand. Gotta love non-complicated, fast and easy recipes!
Cate took a bite and said, “Wow! These taste even better than they look!” I’ll take that! They basically taste like no-bake cookies, but I like that they are in bar form – it’s much easier to make them look pretty!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars
From Love Veggies and Yoga (I rewrote the recipe so it’s shorter and reflects exactly what I did…click through for a more thorough description some options for making the recipe vegan)
- 1 stick butter (4 ounces)
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups oats (I used Quaker rolled instant oats)
- chocolate chips to sprinkle on top (butterscotch or peanut butter chips would be good, too)
Line an 8×8 pan with foil and spray with cooking oil.
Combine and melt butter, white sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder and milk in a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat – bring to boil, let boil for 90 seconds, stirring continuously, then remove from heat.
Add peanut butter and vanilla (vanilla can bubble up on you, so add carefully). Mix until smooth. Stir in the oats.
Pour into pan, spreading evenly. The mixture will be very hot so be careful! Give it a few minutes to cool, then press a handful of chocolate chips into the top.
The original recipe says to put them in the freezer for an hour. I did this and they were very hard to cut. I had also used waxed paper instead of foil with spray. I could not for the life of me get the bars to pop out of the pan – it was crazy town. I think if I had just refrigerated for 20 minutes or so they would have been set and much easier to work with.