Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oat Bars

I love to bake, that is no surprise but during the hot and humid summer months I do not like to turn on my oven (unless I have to). Because my sweet tooth cares not about the weather, I need to find recipes to satisfy it but not heat the house to temperatures comparible to those Hell. ha ha.

The internet came to my rescue yesterday and I found a recipe that included two of my favorite treats: Peanut butter and Chocolate. Food of the Gods I say.  I did adapt the recipe a bit, my changes in parenthesis, and would do the same in the future as I felt they turned out great!! In fact I have made them three times in two days!

This recipe comes together in about 10 minutes but needs about 3 hours in the fridge to chill and set. These bars are gooey and need to be eaten with a bowl and sppon if not chilled/set but still very good. I like to take them out about 15 minutes before serving to soften a bit but still keep their shape. I served these to family and three people demanded the recipe. That is when I know it is good!! So good, I actually had to make these twice yesterday because the first pan was eaten before dinner in about 10 minutes! That is another reason to love the recipe, you can whip up another batch in no time flat! They chilled while we cooked and ate dinner and were perfectly set and ready to eat afterward.

*Next time I may sprinkle some chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter cups on top with the oat topping to enhance the peanut butter flavor!!

I give these bars a 9.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars
adapted from allrecipes.com
1 cup butter (I used 2/3 cup butter)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick cooking oats (I used between 2 3/4 and 3 1/4 cups, just enough to keep moist but not too wet or too dry)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used 1 1/4 cups, a mixture of Milk and Semi-Sweet chips)
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used 3/4 cup)

Grease a 9×9 inch square pan. (I lined an 8×8 pan with foil and sprayed with PAM)

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla. Mix in the oats. Cook over low heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended.
Press half of mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. (I pressed 2/3 mixture in bottom of pan)
Reserve the remainder for topping.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, and spread evenly with a knife or the back of a spoon.

Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently.
Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars.

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41 thoughts on “Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oat Bars

  1. The only thing that can make chocolate better is by pairing it with peanut butter! No bake is wonderful too because if the oven is already in use from dinner or another dessert, I can still make these.

  2. Oh, these look good! Sort of like a chocoholic’s alternative to oatmeal date bars (which I also love. i wonder what would happen if you were to puree some dates and combine them with the chocolate peanut butter…)

    this recipe is similar but not identical to one that arrived in my inbox via martha stewart’s cookie of the day—i want to try both!
    http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/no-bake-chocolate-and-peanut-butter-oatmeal-bars?xsc=eml_cod_2008_08_07

  3. They look delicious. Do you think there would be a way to somehow combine this recipe and the oreo cheesecake one into some sort of bar? I think I might try and find something like it….time for a google search I guess.

  4. Chris.
    You could add crushed Oroes to the chocoloate/PB filling. (You could omit the PB and replace with a little butter, some semi-sweet milk and more chocolate. Or you could melt the chocolate and add to a mixture of cream cheeese and sugar for a nobake cheesecake filling. Don’t know the proportions, would have to play around so it is not too hard after chilling but still set).

    If you wanted, you could omit a few oats and replace with some cocoa powder to the oatmeal mixture for a Chocolatey Bar with an Oreo/chocolate mixture inbetween. .

    Or you could add crushed Oreo to the crust in place of some of the oatmeal.

    I am interested in what you make!! Please keep me updated!

  5. Sue,
    I don’t think they would stick together as well. You could always use 1/2 and 1/2 or blend in the food processor for a minute to grind down just a bit.

    If you sub them, the worst that would happen is they won’t be as easy to eat but still tastey!!

  6. I made these the day I saw the recipe.
    My husband wants to thank you for the treat he has had each day after dinner. We both love the combo of peanut butter, chocolate and oats. So good.

  7. I wish I had a web-based stamp of approval because I approve! These look like a glorified, super-fied version of those chewy Quaker oat bars. Love the reduction in butter for the increase in peanut butter. I do that every time.

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  10. I’m with you, regarding the heavenly combination of chocolate and peanut butter. And considering that the Texas sun is still beating down where I am, a day without the oven on sounds lovely!

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  13. WOW!!! I can’t thank you enough for this recipe. My daughter made these for a party and they were a HUGE hit! I will definitely be making these again. Love ‘em! Thank You!

    • Tammy,
      You are too kind. I too, love these bars, so easy, so quick soooo good! Glad they were a hit with your daughter!

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