A peanut butter chocolate chip bar to keep your sweet tooth happy! 😛
1/2cupbutter (grass-fed is best), softened to room temperature
1/2cupunrefined coconut sugar
1/2cuppure maple syrup
1/2Tbsp.pure vanilla extract
2/3cup100% peanut butter
1cup100% white whole wheat flour
1cupoats (old fashion or quick oats)
1/2-3/4cupchocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life brand)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 8x8 baking dish.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the butter, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla together for about 4 minutes. Be sure to scrape sides of bowl to combine well.
Add in peanut butter and beat until combined.
Add in egg and beat until combined.
In a separate, small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and oats. Add to the creamed mixture and mix on low speed until combined.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Transfer and spread into prepared baking dish.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Do not overbake! Cool for 20 minutes and then cut into squares. Enjoy!
*Buy organic when feasible.
Like I’ve said before, I have a weird obsession with anything that has peanut butter in it. Oatmeal is a close second. SO…you can expect to see lots of recipes with it because it’s just what we prefer around here. 🙂
We had these for the first time last week, made by by daughter, Katie. I’m not going to lie…my kitchen was a mess by the time she was done! Patience or they’ll never learn, right?! I was happy she wanted to make them so I guess it was worth it!
I was unsure how they would turn out since it was a new recipe I’d created, but they turned out perfectly!
What I LOVED about these whole grain, soft bars is how my sweet tooth was completely satisfied without having the refined sugars that most desserts have. Especially while pregnant, I get a headache whenever I have refined sugar (white, brown, powdered, etc.) It’s so weird, and some people might even think it’s a terrible thing, but it’s actually been a blessing because I’ve felt healthier because of it. And believe me, I am not going without sugars. I simply avoid the highest processed sugars and feel SO much better because of it. Everyone in our family does.
I also LOVED eating them warm, dipped in cold milk. Ok…I’m drooling over here now. 😛
Let me know how you like them if you give them a go OR even better, share them with a friend!