Healthy Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars.

Soft and chewy peanut butter oatmeal bars made with healthy, wholesome ingredients. The chocolate is optional. Sort of. 😉

Easy (and healthy!) Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars made from a few wholesome ingredients.  Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

Let’s discuss something.

Is there really such a thing as “too much peanut butter?” Because I’m pretty sure we test those limits over here on Sally’s Baking Addiction.

My goal for today’s bars was to create a wholesome, quick, and easy oatmeal bar with little ingredients and a whole lot of taste. I also wanted a bar that you could easily adapt using your favorite mix-ins or whatever you have on hand. I also wanted something overloaded with peanut butter because well… duh.

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In these 100% vegan bars (except for that chocolate drizzle!) you’ll find your standard kitchen staples.  Nothing weird, nothing requiring a google search, and quite certainly nothing you’ll have to visit a special grocery store for.

Whole wheat flour, oats, a touch of brown sugar, baking soda, peanut butter, more peanut butter, even MORE peanut butter, and some chunks for texture.  I added dairy-free chocolate chips and raisins to my bars, but feel free to add your favorites!  Dried cranberries, white chocolate, more nuts, seeds, dried banana chips, etc.

Disclaimer: I am mildly obsessed with raisins and I don’t care if this makes me an old woman.

Easy (and healthy!) Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars made from a few wholesome ingredients.  Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

Each bar is rather dense and holds its own. They’re soft, rather moist and not dry in the slightest. I kept my bars in the refrigerator and LOVED biting into them cold.  The chilled chocolate chips and peanut butter combination is spot on and easily filled me up when I wanted a snack or something to bring to work. Or a midnight munchie.

Midnight bites happened a lot with these babies!

In addition to adding in whichever chunks-of-stuff you’d like, you could easily make these bars your own by adding in more or less brown sugar.  I found that 1/2 cup was plenty and didn’t make these bars overly sweet, especially since I added chocolate chips and a light chocolate drizzle. Chocolate was a complete necessity to my peanut butter bars.

Peanut butter & chocolate: saving tastebuds everywhere on this blog.

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I’m a huge sucker for healthy recipes requiring a small number of ingredients and taking as little time as possible. With only 8 common ingredients, plus your little add-ins, I’m claiming these bars to be just as easy as my 5 ingredient healthy peanut butter chocolate energy bites. And they only take about 25 minutes to make start-to-finish! :)

I hate long ingredient lists and recipes taking for-ev-errrr in the kitchen.  None of that with these!

Oh! And these bars are completely vegan.  I used dairy free chocolate chips and almond milk in the dough, but melted regular chocolate chips with peanut butter as the chocolate drizzle.  The drizzle is completely optional and you could make it with dairy-free chocolate chips if a vegan bar is what you’re going for.

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A small and common ingredient list, a whole lot of peanut butter, chocolate for my tastebuds, no butter or oil to keep my skinny jeans looking fab, chewy plump raisins, and a recipe taking less than 25 minutes.

So as I sit here getting over a tummy-ache as I write this post, eating peanut butter spread on saltine crackers – exactly what I had for lunch AND breakfast, we can just go ahead and answer that first question with a huge no.

There is never such a thing as too much peanut butter.

Healthy Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars made from easy, wholesome ingredients. Vegan option available. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

Healthy Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars

Yield: 12-16 bars, depending how large you cut them

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Soft and chewy peanut butter oatmeal bars made with healthy, wholesome ingredients. The chocolate is optional. Sort of.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup (250g) creamy peanut butter (or chunky)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (127g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (80g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk (I used almond milk, but use whichever you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup (90g) dairy-free chocolate chips (or regular chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup (70g) raisins (or whichever mix-ins you'd like)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.

With an electric or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the brown sugar and peanut butter on medium speed until light in color and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in the vanilla, scraping down the sides as needed.

On medium speed, add in the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda. The dough will be very thick and clumpy, but it will come together. Slowly add the milk in a steady stream, mixing until a dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips and raisins. Use your hands to make sure everything is combined, if needed.

Once dough is completely combined, press it lightly into the prepared baking dish. Bake for about 17-20 minutes until the bars are lightly golden and set. Allow to cool completely and cut into squares. I keep mine in the refrigerator in a covered container. Bars will be good stored up to 2 weeks.

Additional Notes:

*I melted 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter for the chocolate drizzle. This is completely optional. Be sure to use whichever mix-ins you like instead of the called for chocolate chips and raisins.

 

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201 Responses to “Healthy Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars.”

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    ssummerposted October 13, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I love these bars and make them all the time sometimes with other nut butters! Now that it is fall I was wondering if you have a version of these bars with pumpkin? Thanks

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    Christine Ranieriposted November 10, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    How many calories in each square? Delicious!

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    Christine Murphyposted November 23, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Made these at altitude (6200 ft), baked at 165 and they still came out gooey, not in a good way, I feel like there should have been less peanut butter and more oats.

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    Kateposted December 1, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I want to try these but only have white flour at home and would really like to keep them healthier, so was wondering what would happen if i used all oats instead of flour?? I don’t mind them coming out crunchy and more granola-like, in fact I prefer that but not sure if it’ll work. I also have some oat bran – would that be better?
    Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on December 1st, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Kate, I’m really unsure without testing it myself. I recommend grinding up the oats to make oat flour and using that instead.

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    Catherineposted January 3, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for the recipe!! I used with almond flour instead of flour. It was a little crumbily. Do you think it’s the flour? Or something else? 

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    • Sallyreplied on January 3rd, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Most definitely the flour. How do they taste besides the crumbliness?

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      • Catherinereplied on January 3rd, 2016 at 3:21 pm

        They taste amazing! Hubby and 2 year old gobbled some up and I felt guilt free!! Also I think i tried to transfer too soon (before completely cooled) which caused some crumbling. Thanks for the recipe!! Can’t wait to try the pumpkin version!  

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    Cynthiaposted January 12, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Just curious, why are the gram measurements different for the different ingredients when the cup measurements are the same? Just a curiosity lol th

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    • Sallyreplied on January 13th, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Different ingredients weigh different amounts. Sugar is heavier than flour, so a cup measurement of sugar will weigh more than the same cup amount of flour.

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      • Cynthiareplied on January 13th, 2016 at 9:53 am

        Oh! That makes sense :) thanks! This recipe is super delicious by the way :) I make it weekly for easy take on the road breakfasts!

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    Emilyposted January 21, 2016 at 7:21 am

    These look great! Can I use natural peanut butter? If so, should I add salt??

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    • Sallyreplied on January 21st, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      I’ve had readers have luck with natural peanut butter in these. You can add a pinch of salt if you’d like.

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    pseuposted January 25, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Just found this recipe while looking for healthier snacks and I LOVE THEM!! I used natural pnut butter, all-purpose flour and plain soymilk plus added a ripe banana- then my mixins bittersweet chocolate and dried cranberries. They came out moist and delicious! Thx for sharing such a fast and easy recipe with no butter, no eggs and so little sugar- it was just what I needed!

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    Annposted January 30, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I love these bars!  Not too sweet, substantial texture, and peanut butter-y.   Today, being lazy, I skipped the creaming step.  Just stirred pnb and brown sugar with spatula til combined, and hand stirred the rest in.   Still yummy!  
    I’m thrilled I can whip out a batch even quicker.  Many thanks for sharing your terrific recipes!

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    Chiposted February 4, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    This is so delicious and easy to make. I used almond butter instead of peanut butter, my child is allergic to peanut. Thank you for sharing.

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