Oatmeal Peanut Butter Snack Squares.
I know you really need another one.
Because the other 931 versions just don’t tickle your fancy.
Because I just… know you.
Because what’s more fun that a humongous ball of dough?
I know that you like to take a bite of a pretzel then a bite of a brownie, preferably double fist style. Maybe you like to squish potato chips on your sandwiches like I used to do at Mother Lovett’s house on Sunday afternoons? Yes, yes… you probably do. We’re like peas and carrots.* But really, nothing like peas and carrots since you won’t find either of those items in my house nor would I ever want to be one. Ever. I’d much rather be peanut butter and chocolate, bacon and eggs, or cheese and wine.
I know that you like pizza for breakfast and beer in weird things, like marshmallows and pasta, and sometimes… in breakfast.
Hey… don’t shoot the messenger.
And I don’t really feel like making a big stink to convince your that these bars are amazing, because um… I’m watching Sweet Home Alabama for the millionth time and 932 variations of peanut butter oatmeal bars is no exaggeration. You’ll make them if you want to. Hopefully you’ll love them too and won’t pay me to go away a la A+ F and the Situation. Speaking of, can I just tell you that I’ve had to watch Regis and Kelly each morning for Regis’ Mother Lovett-isms, like yesterday when he called the Situation the “Satisfaction?” I sat and laughed to myself for about four full minutes. Then I cried.
So I like these bars because they are: peanut buttery, oatmealy, dense, sort of sweet, kind of cake-like and non-granola like. Plus, they are snacky type bars and… I really love snacks. I also put about 8000 mini chocolate chips inside because they are mini. Which is probably another giant reason that I like them. Which means that there are tiny bite sized antioxidants in here and I really need some of those. Don’t you?
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Squares
makes 9 squares
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cups creamy peanut butter, like Skippy Natural
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add peanut butter and sugar and mix on high speed until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in vanilla extract and mix until combined.
3. Add in flour, oats, salt and baking soda, mixing on medium speed. The dough will look crumbly and you want the peanut butter mix to be broken up into clumps. Add milk with the mixer on low speed, and mix until a dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips.
4. Make sure dough is completely combined, and roll it into a ball with your hands. Place it in the middle of an 8×8 baking dish, pressing it to fit. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until set and golden on top. Let cool completely, then cut into 9 squares.
351 Comments on “Oatmeal Peanut Butter Snack Squares.”
Yeah…..pretty sure I’m gonna be making these today. Thanks for always posting the goodness, Jessica! :) (And good morning!)
I’m convinced, I need to make these! Love that they are perfectly acceptable for any time of day:-)
I have redone my bars about that many times too! Theyre so fun to adjust! These look tasty. Regis is out of control-what does he call snookie? Always makes me laugh
Hahah doesn’t he call her Snoozi or something??
I’m pretty much, one hundred percent sure, these are incredibly healthy for you, what with the oats and peanut butter…and such…
I’d better go make them immediately, so as to not miss out on all the healthful goodness that awaits…sometimes I like to put words together even if they don’t totally make sense.
*Side note, isn’t it pretty bad when A&F wants you to STOP wearing their clothes??? It makes me wonder what this society has come to…I better eat these to make the bad feelings go away.
I like this part “kind of cake-like and non-granola like.”
I like granola and all but bars are bars and granola is granola. And anything that resembles cake is good by me.
And truth be told, I wouldn’t have even baked these! There’s no egg in them, why bake? :)
Then again, I am the raw dough ball queen. So when I saw that giant raw dough ball, I immediately got super excited! Of course the baked squares look perfect….and yes, now I see why you baked them.
932 time is a charm!;) these look Amazing!
Wow..awesome looking squares..and what a healthy way to enjoy PB and oats! Lovely recipe.
The world could always use another oatmeal peanut butter bar recipe, and this one looks fabulous! I will definitely be making these to eat for snacks… and breakfast/lunch/dinner/dessert ;).
These look *so* good – love the combination of peanut butter, chocolate and oatmeal although I might put some white chocolate chips in there too just for colour (obviously).
These look delicious…and I love that you use brown sugar and there really isn’t a ton of it, so honestly, these are pretty darn healthy! Great snack for the kids, too. I have to laugh at your *Ew at the bottom….peas and carrots..ha ha.
LOL – The Satisfaction! That’s hilarious! If I had time before work I’d be whipping up a big batch of these! Here’s to antioxidants!! :)
Wow no eggs? Looks like I can quite easily veganize these delicious looking squares. Yum!! That big ball of dough pic is amazing.
The pictures speak for themselves…They look amazing! And there is no shame in watching Sweet Home Alabama numerous times!
I DO need a new peanut buttery snack in my life. No question. So, these are perfect for me!
Yum yum yum and yum… I would have eaten them before cooking them. Obviously.
What I love most is that you used a 8X8 pan and is made 9 bars! I hate hate hate when I see recipes that use a 8X8 pan and the serving is 16…way too small!!
oh my gosh… seriously!
Um yum! These are obviously super healthy because they have pb, chocolate chips (antioxidants!) and oatmeal, right?
Can I please have permission to eat that ball of dough?
i’m still laughing about the Satisfaction….amazing!
On an unrelated note, your Facebook OpenGraph plugin is set to a default image, and makes me sad I can’t share a link to the recipe in all of it’s gooey glory…
I’m aware, but do you have any idea how to fix it? I’ve been trying for months and have sent multiple emails to Facebook without hearing back. I don’t use a plugin to post to Facebook and manually do it myself… any ideas??
Now these look delicious and easy! I love anything with oatmeal in it.
These look so incredibly gooey that I can’t believe there isn’t more butter in them!
YUMMMMY!! That looks like a nice and sturdy bar cookie.
These look so delicious, Jessica! I was sad to see that the recipe only makes 9 bars, though. Oh well, I will just have to double the recipe! :-)
It’s adorable the Regis reminds you of Mother Lovett!
I think you could easily double and do them in a 9 x 13. :)
Wow, lady, I think you just made something vegan- and it was a baked good! ;) well done!
I didn’t even realize… haha!
I wish I had this recipe last night when I was making granola bars. Oh well, they’ll be gone within a few hours and then I can make these! :]
Perfect weekend recipe to wow the in-laws….. Maybe if I leave the dough ball out they will realize how great I really am as a wife. HA! :)
This kinda reminds me of one of my favorite snacks from way back in kindergarten, and yes, I still make them all the time. You should try them out sometime:
2 C Oats
1 C Peanut Butter
½ C Raisins
¼ C Honey
Mix it all together and roll into balls, then let them get cool in fridge and eat till your hearts content!!
Doing it! I may add chocolate chips…
I have to admit, the best part of this recipe is that it doesn’t have any eggs. That way I can faceplant into that huge ball o’ dough. It looks soooo goooood! :-)
I love it when I have everything in my pantry to make something like these!
One question though – I noticed that the ingredient list calls for baking soda but the instructions mention baking powder. Which is it?
Ah sorry! It’s soda. Fixed!
These were in the oven 15 minutes after I saw this post. So good!
So glad you like them!! :)
GAH! I need to stop reading these posts in the morning because then from 8am on all I want is cookies, brownies and cupcakes!
This is my kind of bar – I will definitely be making these in the future!
Oh, my! These look incredible! I love that they have peanut butter, chocolate chips and oatmeal! My favorites. You better believe I’m going to be making these. Perhaps this weekend?! Yum! :)
i have all of these ingredients in my pantry….i think i know what i’ll be making today!!!!!!
YUM! I would totally put potato chips on my sandwiches. A sammie always need that extra CRUNCH!
Yay!!! It’s the “new” granola bar!! They look divine!
OMG, Regis is SSOOOOOO funny…”the SATISFACTION”, how hysterical is THAT??!! I would have been laughing for a good four minutes, too!! I tried to You Tube it, but to no avail. I did read that a year ago on another episode of their show that he referred to The Situation as “The Arrangement”. LOL He is so freakin’ hysterical!
OMG I think he did!! LOL!!
i always want to make bars like this, but i never have creamy pb (we like crunchy!) and i’m too lazy to try to mix in chunky pb :)
For some reason I am not a crunchy PB fan, but I bet it would work in these!
well, then these could be trouble :)
When you have a kid, he/she will never run out of snacks to choose from. I’m jealous!
And I just had pretzels in my pb fro-yo yesterday, and there was absolutely nothing weird about it :)
I want that!
I stalk you here every day, and I’m waiting for you to say, “Aimee @ ShugarySweets, I’m sending these to you.” Because in my house, nobody cooks for me. Plus those look good. And I’ve already told you I love you. And you made me watch Dear John because you talked about how you hate the ending. I hate it too. See? I’ll sit by my mailbox and wait….
1. No one cooks for me either. Granted there is only one other person in this house, but you just gave me nothing to look forward to.
2. And Dear John… UGH!! I just like to pretend the last scene means they are together. :)
First of all, you are hilarious. Second of all, I can’t wait to make these! I have some time to kill this morning and was thinking of what I would bake and this might just be it!
Alsooo, I LOVE Regis and Kelly too and saw Regis talking about Satisfaction haha. And I love how he calls Snooki, “Snoozy”. I’m going to miss Regis so much!
I know… I love that he calls her that because he really can’t remember what her name is.
I think I should get my doctor to thank you for providing me with this vehicle for oats and antioxidants. And protein! There’s protein in peanut butter! Psh, who needs those other 931 varieties? :)
Love it that these are made with whole wheat flour and has loads of oats :)
Mini chocolate chips swimming around a big ball of oatmeal -peanut buttery goodness? Let the party begin!
You really can’t have too many peanut butter bar recipes, in my opinion. I’ll try them all! And my daughter will thank you. :-)
Regis is out of control. While it’s definitely past his time to retire, I’m definitely going to miss his ridiculous remarks.
I love how these look more “cakey” than your typical snack bar, definitely my preference :)
“Welcome to the 932nd variation of a peanut butter snack bar.” You seriously crack me up ;)
Wow! these look really delicious and great for road trips!
These look amazing and since I’m newer to the blog this was my first variation…off to find the other 931!
I’m definitely on a chocolate and peanut butter kick right now…..you made my morning!
I am laughing so hard at the * note. Because I KNEW up top when you MADE the * thingy, that it would be something like a joke. And guess what, I WAS RIGHT. Because you joked. About hating carrots and peas. That was a joke, right? Wasn’t I right?