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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

By Chef Megan Joy / January 11, 2015

Excuse me, while I keep easing into January. Now that we’re about 1/3 through the month, I think I am finally switching out of “holiday mode”.

The first week into this month, I didn’t bake anything sweet. In fact, I didn’t really cook anything at all either. Lots of take-out or dining out.

But life has gone on. And our snowy weather today ushered in the need to produce something hearty, salty, chewy, and garnished with chocolate: oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter bars.

Besides the chocolate-peanut butter thing, these go down easily because they have oats in them. So they’re not straight junk…

Happy new year, all.

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How to make this high altitude adjusted recipe:

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
Adapted from Patricia Stoudt/Taste of Home

5.0 from 1 reviews
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
Recipe type: High Altitude Baking
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ + ⅛ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Line a 9 x 13" baking pan with aluminum foil and coat generously with baking spray.
  3. Cream the soft butter, sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter together until light and fluffy,
  4. Beat in the egg.
  5. Add the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Mix until smooth.
  6. Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan.
  7. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes until the top is a light golden brown.
Note: This recipe was adapted for high altitude baking. To make at sea level, increase the baking soda to 1 teaspoon. Baking times may vary slightly.

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4comments
Emily McMurray - January 31, 2015

So. Good.

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Tara Mcnamara - March 23, 2015

These were fantastic! TY for this super easy, delicious recipe. I’m always looking for new high altitude baked good recipes living at 8500 ft…..and thus one doesn’t disappoint!

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Jen Beck Seymour - August 5, 2015

Hi – thank you for this recipe, just made them and they taste SOOOO good (how can you go wrong with peanut butter, oats and chocolate?)! Just one question – mine do not seem to “hold together” that well, a bit crumbly… maybe I should add another egg next time? Thanks so much. 🙂 (I’m at an altitude of 4700 ft in Costa Rica).

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    Chef Megan Joy - August 16, 2015

    Hi Jen, I agree with you- adding another egg will definitely help these hold together and stay a bit softer 🙂

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