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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

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These Chocolate Peanut Buter Oatmeal Bars are a delicious and easy treat to make with only 6 ingredients. Peanut butter, chocolate chips and oatmeal are the perfect flavor combination!

Chocolate Peanut Buter Oatmeal Bars placed on wire rack on white counter

One thing I really love about this recipe is that it uses simple basic ingredients that I usually keep in my pantry. So I can whip up a batch of these dessert bars anytime the craving hits.

Substitutions And Variations

  • These bars can also be made with nut butter or sunflower butter instead of peanut butter.
  • To double the peanut butter flavor leave out the chocolate chips and add peanut butter chips instead.
  • Raisins make a great addition in these bars and add more flavor.
  • You can use Nutella instead of peanut butter. Kids love Nutella so it's the perfect substitution.
  • For a little crunch add in some pecans or walnuts. My husband always loves nuts in dessert bars.
  • Use creamy or crunchy peanut butter in the recipe. Either one will work.
Chocolate Peanut Buter Oatmeal Bar on white plate next to wire rack with more bars cooling

These are no bake Chocolate Peanut Buter Oat Bars so no need to turn on the oven. The layers of goodness include an oatmeal layer, chocolate peanut butter layer and another layer of oatmeal topped with melted chocolate. A delicious treat anytime!

Ingredients

See printable recipe card below for specific measurements and complete instructions.

  • unsalted butter
  • light brown sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • quick cooking oats
  • chocolate chips – semi sweet or dark chocolate works best
  • peanut butter
Ingredients set out to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Prepare a 9x9 pan by lining it with aluminum foil or parchment paper and set it aside.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter then stir in the brown sugar until well dissolved. Add in the vanilla extract and oats and cook until all ingredients are well combined.

Split the oatmeal mixture in half and add ½ of it to the bottom of your prepared pan. Smooth and press it into an even layer. 

First Oatmeal layer in bottom of pan

Next prepare the chocolate peanut butter mixture. Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a double boiler. Constantly stir until the mixture is smooth.

Melted Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter in glass bowl

Pour ¾ of the chocolate and peanut butter mixture over the bottom layer of oats.

Then spoon the remaining oat mixture on top of the chocolate peanut butter layer until the entire top is covered then drizzle the remaining chocolate peanut butter mixture across the top.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set. Once set, cut and serve.

How To Store: Cover and store in the refrigerator.

Helpful Supplies and Tools

Here are a few items that I recommend and use in my kitchen that are helpful when baking. (Affiliate links).

A favorite saucepan is this Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Triple Ply 2-Quart Saucepan with cover.

I am a huge fan of Wilton brand and have this set of 2 non-stick 9-Inch square Wilton baking pans with Lids.

Every kitchen needs these 100% Cotton soft and absorbent dish towels. I have them in yellow.

I use this Pyrex 8-piece Mixing Bowl Set with lids in my kitchen. They are microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher safe.

Chocolate Peanut Buter Oatmeal Bars Cooling on Wire Rack

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Chocolate Peanut Buter Oatmeal Bars placed on wire rack on white counter

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Author: Judy - RecipesSimple.com
These Chocolate Peanut Buter Oatmeal Bars are a delicious and easy treat to make with only 6 ingredients.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sticks unsalted butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, semi sweet or dark chocolate
  • ½ cup peanut butter

Instructions
 

  • Prepare a 9x9 pan by lining it with aluminum foil or parchment paper and set it aside.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter then stir in the brown sugar until well dissolved. Add in the vanilla extract and oats and cook until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Split the oatmeal mixture in half and add ½ of it to the bottom of your prepared pan. Smooth and press it into an even layer. 
  • Prepare the chocolate peanut butter mixture. Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a double boiler. Constantly stir until the mixture is smooth.
  • Pour ¾ of the chocolate and peanut butter mixture over the bottom layer of oats.
  • Then spoon the remaining oat mixture on top of the chocolate peanut butter layer until the entire top is covered.
  • Drizzle the remaining chocolate peanut butter mixture across the top.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set. Once set, cut and serve.

Notes

Cover and store in the refrigerator.
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