The classic flavour combo, chocolate + peanut butter, join forces in these delicious and easy-to-make chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal bars!
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This recipe is one that will test your patience. The first time I made them, I failed the patience test. Miserably. I’ll explain…
After they came out of the oven, they smelled so good, they looked amazing, and I knew they would also be scrumptious. So I let them cool for a just a few minutes, took them out of the pan and started cutting.
My first indication that this was not going to end well was when I took them out of the pan, the edges started crumbling. But I wanted one…NOW. So, greedily, I continued (ha!).
I started cutting them into squares and as they started to fall apart, I realized that I shouldn’t have been so stubborn. I should have waited.
So the lesson here is this:
After your peanut butter oatmeal bars come out of the oven, let them cool completely before removing them from the dish and slicing.
It sounds simple enough, but once you smell them and see them, you’ll understand my impatience and eagerness to dig in.
I’m not the only one who gets a little over excited when things come out of the oven, right? Do you?
Because I blog about food and I’m always testing new recipes, you’d think that I would have learned by now to settle down. But, no. That’s not the case.
Everything I bake gets me excited. I get excited to taste whatever I’ve made, to see what the texture is like, and to find out if this was the test that finally worked.
That sounds exhausting but I love what I do, so to me, it’s just part of the job.
Luckily, these chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal bars only took two tries and the recipe is a keeper. Everyone loves them, which is not a surprise, because we all love peanut butter and chocolate together (like in these vegan gluten free peanut butter cookies!). I adore these flavours almost as much as chocolate + mint. Almost.
These bars are oaty (yeah, I know that’s not a real word, I make up lots of words when describing food, as you’ve probably learned if you’re a regular around here!), they’re loaded with peanut butter flavour, and most importantly, they’re chocolaty.
AND, the best part about them? They’re vegan and gluten-free, of course!
If that sounds like something you’d like, then I’m pretty sure you’ll like this recipe.
And please don’t be like me. Be patient after you take them out of the oven. They’re worth it. You’ll see 🙂
Can I use another type of peanut butter other than natural peanut butter?
I have not tested these bars with any other type of peanut butter other than the natural kind I recommend.
The peanut butter I use only has one ingredient: peanuts. If you use one with added sugar or salt, it will throw the flavours and the texture off, so I would stick with natural peanut butter.
If you like these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars, you may also like these other recipes:
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Vegan Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies
- Date Coconut Squares
- Customizable Vegan Granola Bars
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies
How to Make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars