These Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oat Bars were created because I wanted a snack bar that has the best combination ever – peanut butter and chocolate chips. The oats add a great texture and the bar ends up chewy and chunky, and are an all-around great snack bar.
They were easy to throw together with ingredients you probably have in your cabinet. You can leave the cinnamon out, but I liked the added subtle spicy flavor. I had to taste test them while I was taking the photos (it’s a hard life) and liked them both warm with those gooey chocolate chips, and cooled off. I think the kiddos or grandkiddos would enjoy making these as well as eating them!
These bars are full of peanut butter, chocolate chip and oatmeal goodness! Great for a snack or dessert. Base adapted from A Taste of Madness.
- 1/2 C granulated sugar
- 1/2 C brown sugar , packed
- 1/2 C creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 C butter , softened
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 C all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 C oatmeal
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350° and lightly grease or spray a 11 1/2" x 7 3/4" baking dish.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugars, peanut butter, and butter until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Scrape down sides of bowl if needed.
Add the egg and vanilla to the sugar mixture and beat together until well combined.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, oats, and cinnamon. Add to the wet mixture, one cup at a time, until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, checking at 25 minutes. The bars should be a medium golden brown when done. Cool bars in the pan on a rack before cutting.
Tips and Stuff:
If you don't have the size of baking dish indicated, go ahead and use a 9x9" square pan. You could use a 13x9", but they come out rather thin and break apart easily.
Cinnamon is optional. It's good either way.