Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

Soft cookie bars loaded with oatmeal, peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips. These are a peanut butter & chocolate lovers dream! 

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Yesterday I drove to pick up my sister from the airport, with my 3 kids in tow, and we got there pretty early so I decided that we would just park and then walk inside and wait. Umm, worst idea I’ve ever had.

We get inside and see that her flight is delayed almost an hour! So, naturally the next step was to go get the kids some food and hope that it would tide them over for an hour and a half while we wait. We walked into this little cafe and right there in the entrance were those little character balloons on a stick; spongebob, frozen, princess, cars, etc.

Of course my kids decided that they just had to have a balloon. At the airport. For $8!! I finally talked them out of it and realized later that I probably sounded really silly…..

“Don’t you want these gummy bears instead of a balloon?”

“Mommy is not going to spend $8 on a balloon.”

“You don’t even know who sponge bob is?!”

I am sure I looked like a total train wreck to everyone there. 3 kids, my 80 lb diaper bag on one arm, my baby in the other arm, and here I am ‘arguing’ with my 5 and 3 year old about a balloon on a stick! 🙂

I seriously love them. They’re the cutest.

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I also LOVE these cookie bars. I have made them dozens of times and they turn out so perfect every time. The key to these bars is DO NOT OVERBAKE. Sorry for the all caps, but it’s super important. The outside edges will start to be a light golden brown and slightly pull away from the edge of the baking dish. The center will look pale and you might even think it’s not done, but I promise it is. These will bake more as they cool down in the pan. I always pull mine out between 16-17 minutes. I know all ovens cook different so just watch carefully.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

UPDATE: I made these recently using 'all natural' peanut butter and I DO NOT recommend using it. Use regular peanut butter to prevent the bars from be too dry & crumbly (which is what the all natural peanut butter does to them).

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole-grain old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, semisweet, bittersweet or milk (I always use the miniature chips)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and oats.
  3. In a large bowl (or in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment), cream together the butter, peanut butter, granulated and brown sugars until light and well-mixed and light in color, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add in the vanilla, egg and egg yolk. Mix together well.
  5. Stir in the dry ingredients, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips and mix just until combined.
  6. Press the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 16-18 minutes until lightly browned on the edges. The bars will still look pale. That's ok. Don't over bake or the bars will be dry! Remove the pan to a cooling rack and let the bars cool in the pan before cutting into squares
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I hope you have a lovely day! Make these bars for your weekend treat. You know, to celebrate the weekend. Am I the only one that makes treats on the weekend to celebrate 🙂 I hope not.

See you back here on Monday! Oh, and in honor of the 8 lbs of blueberries we picked, I am officially deeming next week ‘BLUEBERRY WEEK’ here on the blog. I am also doing it because my brother-in-law will be here over the weekend to help eat some of the blueberry treats I make. Because the last thing I need is a blueberry pie starring me in the face All. Day!! He’s the type that could probably eat the entire pie and not a gain an ounce. Me on the other hand, umm not so much. I would probably go up two pant sizes 🙂 For real!

Try these other family favorite treats too!

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Comments

  1. says

    I want to be one of those people that can eat an entire pie and not gain an ounce. Where do I sign up for that?! I feel you on the airport story. I would look like a mess too, I am sure. That is a long time to keep little ones occupied! These bars look great. They have all of my favorite ingredients! Pinning to make soon!

    • Together As Family says

      Thanks Liz. I hope you have a great weekend too. I feel like the week goes so slow and then the weekend gets here, and it’s gone in a flash!

  2. Laura says

    This sounds SOOOOO good!!! What happens if you use quick oats? Could I add extra to give it the thickness the whole ones would give it? Thanks!!!

    • Together As Family says

      I would not add extra. Quick oats tend to dry things out, in my opinion at least. You could try quick oats. I’ve had others use all quick or all old-fashioned in my other recipes (like the no flour monster cookie bars) and they have been fine. I’m probably just really picky about the oats and texture…. 🙂 I’ve never made these bars with all quick oats so I can’t promise anything.

      • Anne says

        I made these 2 days ago with all quick oats and we loved them! Maybe they are drier than yours, however. I just have a ton of quick oats and it works. This is a delicious, easy recipe! Thank you again!

        • Together As Family says

          Hi Anne, so happy to hear that all quick oats worked out just fine! Growing up baking with my mom, I was taught that the quick oats and regular oats are very interchangeable, so I am glad to hear that it worked in these bars 🙂 Thanks for coming back and leaving your comment.

  3. Tiyana says

    As a peanut butter and chocolate fan, I HAD to pin this! 😀 I’m glad I checked in before making this because I caught your update about the all natural peanut butter. Good to know since I was about to use an all natural one! Do you have a favorite peanut butter brand for this recipe? Thanks!

    • Together As Family says

      I love Peter Pan brand of peanut butter. I think it may be an East Coast thing (or so I’ve heard??) You would be good with any peanut butter as long as it’s not natural. I normally don’t buy it but it was on a crazy good sale so I did. That’s the reason I used it to make these bars. I’ll never do it again 🙂 🙂

    • Together As Family says

      I would say no, but then again I’ve never tried it. You could always experiment and see. If not, search on Pinterest for ‘oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter cookies’ and I’m sure something will pop up. Good luck 🙂

  4. Tricia says

    They were delicious! It reminded me of a Pizookie, so I served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was a hit with my family and my bible study group!!!

    • Together As Family says

      I want to be in your bible study 🙂 I agree with the pizookie, these do have that same texture. Now I must try it with ice cream. Yummy! So glad you loved them and thanks for coming back to leave your comment!

    • Together As Family says

      Hi Shirley. You probably could. The bars may not be as soft, but then again I have never tried it so it may work great 🙂 The only thing I would say to definitely not use is ‘all natural’ peanut butter’. I did try that one time and it was just bad. Let me know if you try use the crunchy peanut butter, I’d love to know how it goes.

  5. ASHY says

    AMAZING!!!! I ate the whole pan in a week by myself because I was home alone opps! Totally recommend, I didn’t have pb chips so I omitted them and still was awesome!

    • Together As Family says

      So glad you loved them! And trust me, I have eaten more than my fair share at times of these bars too. I usually have to get to the pan first before my son. They’re his favorite. Thanks so much for coming back to leave your comment.

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