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.

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.

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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Oatmeal Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 15-17 min.

Total Time: 25-27 min.

Ingredients:

Cookie Base:

4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 small egg, slightly beaten
2 1/2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
6 oz semisweet mini chocolate chips

GLAZE:

1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1-2 tbsp milk (depending on how thick you want the glaze)

Directions:

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.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Andrea Meyers

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22 Responses to “Oatmeal Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips”

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    Kris — September 18, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    Those look like something my family would love too. Thanks for sharing the recipe Pam!!
    Kris

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    Carmen Rosa — September 19, 2012 @ 2:19 am

    This looks so yummy and easy!

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    Martha — September 19, 2012 @ 4:06 am

    yum, peanut butter and chocolate. one of our favorite combinations! love the healthier option too! :)

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    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — September 19, 2012 @ 4:24 am

    Those bars are looking so decadent and yet so good!

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    Kim in MD — September 19, 2012 @ 4:30 am

    Yum…these bars put a smile on my face this morning, too! :-)

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    Lia — September 19, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    Hi Pam,
    Amazing recipe. My son will be so delighted as this is his kind of food dream!!
    Cheers and thanks for sharing,
    Lia.

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    mary @ what's cookin with mary — September 19, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    This looks SO SO pretty! And also kind of like a giant chocolate chip granola bar… yum!

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    Helene — September 19, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    My two favourite things together, looks yum!

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    french food — September 19, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Woow, looks so good !!! Chocolate, I love it !!

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    pam — September 19, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    These would be perfect to take to school for snacking!

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    teresa — September 19, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    well what do you know, i have all the ingredients for these too! my kids might come home to the same snacks!

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    Marjie — September 19, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    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!

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    Chris — September 19, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    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.

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    Shane — September 19, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    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

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    Blond Duck — September 19, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    I love recipes that use up what’s in my pantry!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — September 19, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    Peanut butter and chocolate, my favorites. These look yummy!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 19, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

    Wow, these bars are absolutely sinful! I feel like each bite would be a party in my mouth!

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    Andrea Meyers — September 20, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    I’m so glad you like the bars, they are one of our family favorites!

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    grace — September 21, 2012 @ 4:58 am

    these sound really yummy–that peanut butter glaze is something i would use on just about anything!

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    vanillasugarblog — September 24, 2012 @ 6:15 am

    ok this sounds good with healthy in there too
    so that means I can eat more? or I can have as breakfast with my morning espresso? lol

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    Interior Roof Survey — September 25, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    If it’s whole wheat, then its healthy and I can have as much as I want, right?!?

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    Raveena M — September 29, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

    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.

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