Healthy Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars

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

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 asΒ “too much peanut butter?”Β 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.Β 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.Β 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.Β 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! πŸ™‚

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

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Healthy Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 bars
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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) chunky or creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (127g) whole wheat flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F (177Β°C). Line a 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.Β I keep mine in the refrigerator in a covered container. Bars will be good stored up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  1. Chocolate Drizzle: 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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262 Comments

  1. Just made these! yumm. Love your website.

    1. Thanks for letting me know Megan! Glad you liked them.

  2. I’m baking these right now and I used cranberrys as a mix in and I just want to take them out of the oven now they smell so good!

    1. Hi Laily! I need to try these with cranberries next time. πŸ™‚ And I’ve burnt my hands before trying to dig in too early too haha! Thank you. πŸ™‚

  3. I couldn’t wait for them to cool I almost burnt my hand trying to try some they are so good and soft and yummy!

  4. Sorry, I originally made this comment for another (wrong recipe). This is the recipe I meant!

    Sally, just stumbled on this recipe and your site today! I replaced the PB with sunbutter for a friend with allergies but it was so.incredibly.good! I am hooked. By the way can I freeze these bars? I am thinking of making another batch right now!

    1. No worries Lara! And yes, you may freeze these bars. They freeze well – up to three months. I love these bars and make them almost weekly to keep at my desk in the office. πŸ™‚ I need to try them with sun butter next time!

  5. Hi sally! I just baked it. I followed the instructions but my oatmeal bars looks different from yours. And they are kind of gooey. Are they supposed to taste like this??

    1. Hi Joey – without being there, I’m not sure how they taste to you. But texture wise – no, they are not supposed to be gooey. Did you underbake them or bake them in a different size pan than what the recipe states?

  6. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste says:

    oh my heavens! These look absolutely incredible!

  7. Hello, I’m curious if I could use the regular flour instead?

    1. Yes, all-purpose can be substituted

  8. Sally- just want to say how much I LOVE your recipes….everything I have tried has been delicious. I have 2 boys, ages 11 and 8, they wholeheartedly agree!!!! Just a quick question on you oatmeal lemon cream bars- do I still add an egg if making your homemade oatmeal topping??? Thanks!

    1. Hey Jessica! That is so great to hear. πŸ™‚ Thanks for letting me know! No, do not add egg if you are making the topping/crust from scratch.

  9. Hi Sally! I just thought I’d let you know I made this today and **loved** it! I might have used a little more sugar than the recipe called for, but I didn’t even have time to put the chocolate topping on before my family devoured it. πŸ˜‰ I’m pinning this recipe and plan to use it again many times! I especially love the fact that it uses whole wheat flour and oatmeal and other normal ingredients…and no eggs–I didn’t even feel guilty nibbling on it before I cooked it! Anyways, thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Hey Carla! What a wonderful review of these bars. They are actually one of my favorite snacks ever. I make them all the time! Thanks for reporting back, it makes me happy to hear that my favorite healthy snack is loved by others so much!

  10. I can not say enough, how much I enjoy your site! Your text and photos are perfect! I want to try all of the recipes. I thought I was a better than good baker, but you have taken it to another level. Good for you! My husband is a happy recipient of my addicition to your “baking addiction.”

    Have a great week!

    1. Thank you for the very sweet and genuine comment, Rosemary – I really appreciate reading it this morning! Let me know what recipes you make. I love hearing about it.

      1. Rosemary C. says:

        I made your Chocolate Chip cookie dough “cupcakes” Big hit. And very dangerous to have in the house. Glad I took them to a friend’s home for a party. I love the idea of baking the cookie in the cupcake liner and will be doing that from now on. Also, am today making the Healthy Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars.

      2. Glad you loved those cookie cupcakes Rosemary!

  11. I just made these and they turned out great! I left out the chocolate chips and added some walnuts to make them a bit healthier. They are scrumptious! Thanks for the recipe to feed my husband’s and my peanut butter addiction πŸ™‚

    1. I love your addition of walnuts – I’ll have to try that next time!

  12. I just made these, they are amazing! Used chocolate almond milk for the milk, added a mashed banana, half the flour and 1/4 cup ground flax and 1/4 wheat germ, oh and dried blueberries instead of raisins because I just don’t like raisins. SO GOOD! Thanks for sharing yet another amazing recipe!

    1. Ok Kim – your version sounds amazing! Must try it with my next batch πŸ™‚

  13. How many calories are in each serving?

    1. Hi Sammie! I have no idea. I do not count calories and my blog and family recipes reflect that. Feel free to look up the calories on an online calculator website.

  14. Amy Lynn Hunt says:

    OK, that was weird. One more try!

    My FAVE (happen to be vegan) chocolate chips, and they are seriously better than any milk chocolate, taste better in recipes, out of the bag, etc are these:

    http://www.iherb.com/Enjoy-Life-Foods-Mini-Chips-Semi-Sweet-Chocolate-10-oz-283-g/32772?utm_medium=cse&utm_source=google&gclid=CIPB5reQnLgCFS9eQgodDUEA8w

    I buy them at a local grocery store and always encourage that, but wanted to give you a visual (and could totally not remember the brand!) So give “Enjoy Life” chocolate chips a try. Non-vegan friends will looove them too! πŸ™‚

    1. I have to try those, Amy! Thanks!

  15. Do you think I could powdered peanut butter for these?

    1. No, you cannot. Powdered PB would alter the taste and texture. The bars wouldn’t hold together, even if you added water to the powdered PB.

      1. Great, thank y0u for the quick response!

  16. I made these Tuesday and they are GONE! Needless to say, we loved them!

    I think they taste just like the peanut butter chocolate chip Odowalla bars (which I love), except these are way healthier πŸ™‚

    Thank you for making such a good “copy-cat” recipe that is much healthier!

    1. Hey Katie! I’m so glad to hear that you love these oatmeal bars. They are actually one of my favorite recipes ever. I make them ALL the time. Thanks for reporting back!

  17. Hi, Sally! Thank you so much for all your hard work! I don’t know how you manage your time to do all the things you do!
    I just made these bars with macadamia butter instead of PB, dried cranberries instead of raisins and white chocolate instead of regular chocolate chips. They were soooo amazing! I loved them and I will make the original recipe soon ;). However, they looked very different thank yours. They were very grainy, I don’t know why, but they were still super delish!

    1. Hi Marianne! I will have to try them with macadamia butter. I’ve only had macadamia butter once and I loved it! So glad you loved them. I believe the macadamia butter could have made the bars grainy. Or the brown sugar wasn’t sufficiently mixed in.

  18. Now that you mention the sugar, I think that the grains of the one I bought are bigger than usual. I’m living in Luxembourg only for three months now and sometimes I get the wrong ingredients in the supermarket… It also happened to me with regular sugar! LOL.
    Thank you!

  19. Tammi Martin says:

    My family is Gluten and dairy free (Well, the small members are). We made these with *certified GF oats* and instead of wheat flour we used half oat flour and half Bisquick GF baking mix. (And our milk choice was soy) They turned out fabulous, and they tasted even better when stored in the fridge over night.

    Thank you for sharing something that won’t make my babies sick, is easy to make, and is absolutely tasty!!

    1. That’s so great, Tammi! I’m so glad they worked out well for you. They are truly one of my favorite recipes ever and so easy to make, you’re right!

  20. I love this recipe so much! I swear I have made these bars 10 times this summer. Now I have to buy peanut butter in bulk! I keep mine in the refrigerator too and I just can’t keep my hands off them!

    1. Erin, this recipe is my favorite. I make these bars as much as you do, trust me! I love to keep them in the fridge and have one before or after a workout or as a snack in the afternoon – and even dessert sometimes! Glad you love them too! PB in bulk – yes, I know what you mean!

  21. Sally- you are a sweet genius. You need to go on Food Network. You need to be on the Today Show…or ANY show that can spotlight your brilliant work.

    In the past couple of days I’ve made your peanut butter banana choc. chip bars, cinnamon b. bread and I’ve made these healthy PB chuck oatbars twice! I love this recipe and I know why it’s a favorite of yours. The first time I made it, I didn’t have raisins…but they were still good. I made them today with choco. chips and raisins and they are amazing. I like them cold out of the fridge. It is soooooo frickin’ hot here in Cali!

    P.S. I loved the blue dress that u had showed ur followers a couple posts ago. When you go to your functions take a pic of urself in it. πŸ™‚ its pretty

    1. IRam, these are the BEST! I love them so much. We make them all the time. They are Kevin’s favorites too. I love them cold too! When I go to a few weddings later this month, I will definitely post a photo of me the new dress!

  22. I just made this. It turned out so well and tastes amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. Very glad you enjoyed these bars!

  23. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I have been making these 1-2 times weekly for the past 3 weeks! I had to change a few things to use what I had on hand. White instead of whole wheat flour, and instant oats because I have a huge can if it. I am so addicted to these! My kids love them too. Today I was out of chocolate chips. I had a hand full of peanut M&M’s so I broke them into pieces and threw them in. The peanuts in there are great!

    Thank you for this recipe!

    1. Melissa, I don’t blame you for making these oatmeal bars so often. It is a solid recipe and you can literally add any little add-ins you have on hand. M&Ms sound especially divine and I could go for one right now!

  24. Kathleen Marie Smith says:

    I love these healthy bars (I made them sugar free), they are excellent and the recipe is added to my favs. I am team peanut butter also, with or without chocolate! I used stevia with some molasses as sweetener and unsweetened baking chocolate grated about 1/2 the size of chocolate chips. I forgot the baking powder and so had to cook them a bit longer. I am looking forward to trying them with the baking powder and different add-ins. Thanks for the recipe and love your website!

    1. Kathleen, glad to know that you’re a peanut butter lover like me! I love making these bars with unsweetened chocolate. Sometimes I add almonds or pecans or honey. Sometimes dried cranberries. There are so many delicious options.

  25. Made these with butterscotch chips because that’s what I had on hand. I love the combo of butterscotch and peanut butter. These are a great grab and go breakfast. Love!

    1. peanut butter and butterscotch is indeed a fabulous combination. Glad you love these bars!

  26. Ok, I’ve been making way too many unhealthy and delicious things. I knew it was time for something healthy (and delicious). I always scroll through comments to see what people who have actually made the recipe have to say so let me contribute in return. I made these bars exacly as is and they were so so good. Like REALLY good. They are chewy, but the oats give them this great texture, the dark chocolate chips are a must in my book to offset the peanut butter flavor, and that chocolate peanut butter glaze is perfection. I had these for breakfast, as a snack with tea, as a makeshift lunch… everyone who tried these loved them. Thanks Sally for another great recipe!

    1. Farah, these bars are my favorite healthy treat. I am so happy you loved them exactly as is! Thanks for taking the time to report back.

  27. Made these yesterday, they are wonderful! Instead of chocolate chips I used peanut butter chips with the raisins.

    1. Love the extra addition of peanut butter in the form of chips!

  28. Did you know that 24 January is National Peanut Butter Day? I can’t wait to see what yummy recipe you will post for that. πŸ™‚

    1. Of course I knew that! I have one incredible recipe already planned. Thanks Wendy!

  29. Did you know that 24 January is National Peanut Butter Day? I can’t wait to see what kind of yummy treat you will have that day. πŸ™‚

  30. Sally,
    We (my 9 year old daughter & I) have tried quite a few of your recipes and are always so thrilled with the results! I am hoping to get my hands on one of your new cookbooks…although, I’m more than happy to follow your site & Pinterest posts. Thanks for sharing so many yummy treats πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you Tori! I’m glad you and your daughter love my recipes so much. My cookbook is available for pre-order. If you end up getting a copy, you’ll have to let me know which recipes you try first!

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