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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

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Oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter bars are a family favorite dessert that everyone loves. Soft cookie bars loaded with oatmeal, peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips. Everyone loves these soft-baked cookies bars.

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 Welcome! These oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter bars are a readers favorite here on the blog. They are also a favorite with my own family. 

I figure since I make them so often I might as well get some updated and prettier pictures for you all to look at. Thanks for being here and I hope you love these like we do. 

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We love these cookie bars. Like really LOVE them! These oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter bars were one of the very first recipes I posted here on Together as Family. They have been made literally hundreds of times since. 

I have made them so many times that I don’t even need the recipe anymore…… Not sure if I should be embarrassed by that or proud?!? 🙂 

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The key to these bars is DO NOT OVERBAKE. Sorry for the all caps, but it’s super important you guys. 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.

I still remember the very first time I made these bars and I overbaked them. We only ate a couple of the bars and then threw the rest away because they were so dry.

I decided later to try them again and cook them for less time. Holy moly that made all the difference. I have never baked mine more than 15 minutes. They will bake slightly more and set up nicely as they cool in the pan. 

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These are one of my most popular recipes on Pinterest! Have you made them yet?

If not, make sure and buy yourself a bag of those peanut butter chips to make these. I always keep a bag of the peanut butter chips in the pantry just for this recipe. Enjoy friends!

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Oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter bars are a family favorite dessert that everyone loves. Soft cookie bars loaded with oatmeal, peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips. These are a peanut butter & chocolate lovers dream and they come together quickly.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Soft & thick cookie bars loaded with peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. These bars are so good and perfect for those that love peanut butter and chocolate.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 bars
Calories: 253 kcal
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 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 or milk chocolate (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 a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and sugar until fluffy looking and light in color, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add in the vanilla, egg and egg yolk. Mix together well.
  5. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix just until combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips and peanut butter chips and combine together.
  7. Press the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. The bars will still look pale and slightly underdone in the middle. That's ok. Don't over bake or the bars will be dry!
  8. Let the bars cool in the baking pan for 20-30 minutes. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

I always reserve about 1/4 cup of the peanut butter chips and the chocolate chips to sprinkle on top of the bars before baking.

 

Readers have commented and said they used quick oats and it worked just fine.

 

Since moving to Utah, these cook for even less time now. If you are high altitude you may want to set the timer for 13-14 and watch it from there. Look for the edges to be light golden brown and pull away from the sides of the pan. The center should still look pale and slightly underdone. Let them cool and they will set up nicely. 

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  • Reply
    Carlee
    July 17, 2015 at 10:21 am 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!
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      Together As Family
      July 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm haha, thanks Carlee! I really want that sign up sheet too :) Thanks fo pinning! Hope you and your family have a great weekend.
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        Natasha
        March 30, 2016 at 7:34 pm They look great!
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          Together As Family
          March 31, 2016 at 12:53 pm Thanks Natasha :)
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    Liz
    July 17, 2015 at 2:07 pm Great recipe. Thank you and have another wonderful weekend as they come and go so fast.
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      Together As Family
      July 17, 2015 at 2:24 pm 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!
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    Laura
    February 1, 2016 at 9:12 pm 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!!!
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      Together As Family
      February 1, 2016 at 11:08 pm 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.
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        Anne
        August 11, 2016 at 4:25 pm 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!
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          Together As Family
          August 11, 2016 at 5:59 pm 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.
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    Tiyana
    February 3, 2016 at 5:07 pm 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!
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      Together As Family
      February 3, 2016 at 9:47 pm 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 :) :)
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    Megan
    February 17, 2016 at 11:40 am Do you think there's any reason I couldn't make these as cookies, as opposed to bars? Thanks in advance!
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      Together As Family
      February 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm 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 :)
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    Tricia
    March 26, 2016 at 10:46 pm 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!!!
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      Together As Family
      March 27, 2016 at 12:44 pm 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!
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    Shirley
    September 9, 2016 at 5:47 pm I checked my cupboard and had everything but creamy peanut butter. Can I substitute crunchy peanut butter?
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      Together As Family
      September 10, 2016 at 7:27 am 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.
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    ASHY
    November 8, 2016 at 3:37 pm 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!
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      Together As Family
      November 9, 2016 at 8:09 pm 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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    Janet
    March 11, 2017 at 1:07 am Made these tonight. Scrumptious!! I regularly made a similar recipe for my three sons when they were living at home. This one is better. Love the addition of pb chips. Thank you for sharing.
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      Together As Family
      March 16, 2017 at 10:41 am You're welcome! I'm so glad you loved these. I make them regularly for my 4 kids. They can't ever seem to get enough of them. Thanks so much for coming back to let me know!
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    Renee
    March 29, 2017 at 10:31 am Hi! I want to make these soooooooo bad cause I love chocolate chips and oatmeal and peanut butter together. It's like one of my favorite things. The only problem is I don't have any peanut butter chips and have no way of getting to the store. Can I sub in Reese peanut butter cups for the peanut butter chips if I chop them up and if so how many cups would I use?Thanks in advance for a reply!
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      Together As Family
      March 29, 2017 at 10:59 pm Hi Renee! These are our favorite. I hope you love them! Using peanut butter cups instead of peanut butter chips would be just fine. It sounds amazing actually 😀 Just use an equal amount (I think it's 1 cup) of the chopped up pb cups.
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        Renee
        March 30, 2017 at 6:25 am Thank you so much for the reply. I will be sure to try these today for sure!
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    Craig Anderson
    May 8, 2017 at 7:47 pm just came across this recipe and my husband is making them now as I read off the recipe.( I am recovering from shoulder surgery ) had all but the peanut butter chips soo chocolate only.... I am sure it will be yummy. Will post later🌻
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      Together As Family
      May 13, 2017 at 10:15 pm We love these bars! I hope you guys do too. Good luck in your recovery from surgery :)
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    Sunshine baker
    May 11, 2017 at 10:49 am These were ok. I used mini Reece's peanut butter cups and semi sweet chocolate chips. I baked them for 15 min and they were too dry.
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      Together As Family
      May 13, 2017 at 10:07 pm Darn! Yes, if you cook these for too long they will be dry. It took me a few tries with my oven to get the perfect cook time. You want to pull these bars out while they look underdone still. Once they cool they will come together nicely. Sorry they were dry. That's no fun!
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    Elaine
    May 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm I only have quick cook oatmeal.....will that work okay?
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      Together As Family
      May 18, 2017 at 7:28 pm It should work just fine. I have never used quick oats in this recipe but I am sure it would turn out just fine.
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    Judy K.
    June 17, 2017 at 9:36 pm I found this recipe sometime last summer, I think. And, oh my goodness these bars are so amazing! And the recipe could not be easier! On occasion I will use butterscotch in place of the peanut butter chips, just for variety. I have also used white chocolate chips in place of the semi-sweet before and that is also very good! Thank you so much for sharing this little slice of heaven with those of us on Pinterest!
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      Together As Family
      June 17, 2017 at 11:36 pm Thank you so much Judy! We love these bars too and I am so glad you do as well. I love your additions. The butterscotch chips sound heavenly and I need to try that when I make these again. Which is often :) Thanks for your sweet comment.
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    Roberta
    July 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm For the oatmeal choc chip peanut butter bars, do you use salted or unsalted butter? I'm going to guess unsalted since the recipe already has salt in it . When a receipe don't specify, do you use unsalted ? Thanks 😊
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    Roberta
    July 5, 2017 at 9:05 pm Do you use salted or unsalted butter if it's not specified
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      Together As Family
      July 7, 2017 at 2:42 pm I always use salted butter. My opinion is that if a recipe does not specify salted or unsalted then you use salted. I've tried using unsalted in baked goods and it just does not taste very good. Not as rich of flavorful with unsalted butter. Hope that helps :)
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    Myrsa
    July 20, 2017 at 5:42 am I would love to make these bars, but I don't have a 9x13 pan. Do you have a recipe for an 8×8 or 9×9 pan? Thank you so much...
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      Together As Family
      July 21, 2017 at 9:18 am I don't, so sorry. You could always use 2 8-inch pans instead of the larger one. Divide the dough between the 2 smaller ones.
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        Myrsa
        July 21, 2017 at 10:27 am Wow. Thanks for the reply. I would definitely try that.
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    Bethany
    August 10, 2017 at 6:29 pm Have you baked these and then frozen them?? I'm very much about preparing stuff ahead of time and freezing just about everything. Just wanted to know how you think it'd turn out. Thanks!
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      Together As Family
      August 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm I have never tried freezing these. Honestly, they don't last long enough at my house to freeze them :) I tend to not like freezing cookies or bars with flour in them.... maybe that's just my personal preference. I am sure they would be fine frozen. Let sit out on the counter for a bit or even microwave them for a warm treat. Yum! I freeze these bars all the time if you want to try them https://togetherasfamily.com/2017/01/no-flour-monster-cookie-bars-2/
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      Jen
      March 27, 2018 at 7:15 pm Did you freeze these and how was it\thawing etc?
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    Food lover
    August 11, 2017 at 6:03 am Sooo yummy ....😍.... waiting to try those awesome mouth watering bars....😋
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      Together As Family
      August 12, 2017 at 2:11 pm :) Waiting is always the hardest part!
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    Amy
    August 26, 2017 at 2:45 pm Have you ever made a double batch of these? Would the recipe be altered at all or just simply double everything?
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      Together As Family
      August 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm I have never made a double batch but it can easily be done. Just double all ingredients and either used a cookie sheet (13x18 roughly) or use 2 9x13 baking pans. I've never doubled it but when I do double a 9x13 recipe it usually works just fine in a cookie sheet. You'll just have to watch the cooking time. Unless of course you cook one 9x13 at a time :)
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    Nancy Cowan
    September 19, 2017 at 7:12 am These were AMAZING!! I did see why you suggested letting them cool before eating. I couldn't wait and had to taste while still hot from the oven. I was disappointed! However, after these cooled completely, they were absolutely delicious! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!!
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      Together As Family
      September 20, 2017 at 11:00 am Yes, it's amazing how much better they get while cooling. You're very welcome and I am so happy they turned out well for you :)
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    Amanda
    January 5, 2018 at 10:59 am I made these twice this week for my family! I live at 5,000 ft altitude so I had to use about 2 tbs less sugar and I had to add 1/2 of water. I also added chia seeds for the second batch- to add in some extra antioxidants! So good!!!!
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      Amanda
      January 5, 2018 at 11:00 am 1/2 Cup of water that is!
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    Dawn Geneman
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      Together As Family
      January 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm Hi Dawn. I actually don't have a newsletter right now, they are quite a bit of work to send out every week. It is something I'm planning on getting very soon. I've had lots of requests for one. Thank you for being here ☺️
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    Julie
    January 29, 2018 at 8:42 pm These bars are FABULOUS! And, you are spot on when advising us to not over bake. I forgot put sprinkle some chips on top, so I drizzled with warmed peanut butter. Definitely a keeper!
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      Together As Family
      February 4, 2018 at 7:35 pm Oh my, drizzled with pb!!! I think I am going to have to try that. So glad you loved these bars, they get made all the time at my house :) Thanks for coming back to leave your comment and rating.
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    Nicole
    February 7, 2018 at 4:20 pm I need these in my pie hole right now! But I only have natural PB, if by that you mean the kind with no added sugar and that needs to be in the fridge. Any suggestions on making it work?
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      Together As Family
      February 11, 2018 at 10:31 pm I have hear from readers who have made these using the natural pb (no added sugar stuff) makes them dry. I don't know how to compensate for that in the recipe if that's what you choose to use. I made them one time, mistakenly, with natural pb (although it was not the refrigerated kind) and I thought the texture was different and the bars were drier. You could always experiment and see what you think about it. Maybe I am just picky, and the bars will actually be delicious to you :)
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    Cindy
    April 12, 2018 at 3:23 pm Why do you use one egg yolk instead of just 2 whole eggs? I don’t like to waste and I don’t like fussing with separating. Would it work ok with 2 whole eggs?
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      Together As Family
      April 15, 2018 at 8:11 pm The point of the egg yolk is to add richness and moisture to the bars. I personally love the addition of an egg yolk but yes you could try making these with just two eggs. Although, I don't think they would turn well because the 2 eggs would make them more cake like. With the added egg yolk, they are soft and rich, and just really delicious. I make eggs almost very morning so when I only use an egg yolk, I will save the egg white and scramble it in with the eggs in the morning. Just a thought if you don't want to waste the egg white part :)
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    Sonja Whitchurch
    June 3, 2018 at 8:35 am these are going on the list to make for camping this weekend. They sound great and something everyone will like. I do enjoy reading the comments. You are very patient with your answers to some! I didn't know separating an egg was a fussy job. It literally takes 2 seconds with an egg separator. :) Take care~!
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      Together As Family
      June 3, 2018 at 6:35 pm I love when people comment, good or bad comments, etc. It seriously makes my day. I want my blog to help people so I am ok with the "fussy comments" haha :) I bet these bars won't last long camping! I hope you all enjoy them as much as we do.

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