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Oatmeal Bars

A Nature Valley copycat recipe: soft-baked Oatmeal Bars! These peanut butter flavored bars are thick, chewy, and dotted with peanut butter baking chips. They're made with better-for-you ingredients and naturally gluten free. (See Note 1)
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Oatmeal Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 205kcal
Cost $5.25

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (168g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (160g) honey
  • 1/4 cup (48g) light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (98g) old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup (44g) oat flour (See Note 2)
  • 1 cup (170g) peanut butter chips
  • Optional: 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Instructions

  • PREP: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang for easy bar removal, and set aside.
  • BARS: Combine all the ingredients except the peanut butter chips in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add in the peanut butter chips and fold with a spatula to combine.
  • BAKE: Transfer batter to the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. They may look a bit underdone or gooey in the center, but as long as they don't jiggle at all, they are done. These bars continue to set up and firm up as they cool.
  • CUT AND SERVE: Remove bars from the oven and let cool completely in the pan. Use the parchment paper overhang to pull out the bars and cut into 12 squares. Use a sharp knife to cut the bars.
  • OPTIONAL: (This is for the peanut butter fanatics!) Once bars are cut into squares, place 1/4 cup of peanut butter in a small resealable bag. Cut off a tiny corner tip of the bag and pipe the peanut butter on the top of the bars.

Notes

Note 1: While naturally gluten-free ingredients are used in this recipe, be sure to check your ingredients to  be sure they were not made in a facility containing gluten. If having a gluten free bar is essential for your family, buy and use only products manufactured in a safe (gluten-free) environment. This will be noted on product packages.
Note 2: To make oat flour, grind up oats in a blender or food processor until the oats are the texture and size of regular flour. Make sure to measure the oat flour after grinding the oats.

Nutrition

Serving: 12bars | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.1g | Protein: 5.6g | Fat: 9.1g | Sodium: 77.3mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 17.8g