Friday, September 21, 2012

No-Bake Peanut Butter & Chocolate Oat Bars

I'm really getting into this no-bake dessert thing.

No, I'm not about to give up my oven. (I could if I wanted to, I just don't okay? Get off my back). But I love being able to prep a dessert without having to heat up the kitchen, or accomodate an extra dish while I'm making dinner. 

These no-bake peanut butter & chocolate oat bars only take about 15 minutes to prep, and the clean up is minimal as well. (I can't be the only person who cares more about clean up time than prep time?) They remind me of those omgtodiefor oat fudge bars at Starbucks. But surprisingly, these are less sweet and less dense, which I found pretty awesome. Because I could eat more of them.

If you aren't a peanut butter fan, I'm sure another nut butter would be just as tasty. Okay, I'm not actually sure because I've never been able to eat any, but it sounds nice from afar. What I'm trying to say is, there's hardly an excuse not to make these, so go on and no-bake a batch!

No-Bake Peanut Butter & Chocolate Oat Bars
adapted from Sweet Remedy

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup peanut butter

 In a fairly large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and vanilla, and stir until smooth. Add in the oats, and mix until combined. Cook, stirring occasionally, over low heat for a few minutes.

While the oat mix is getting toasty, mix the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a bowl and melt until smooth in the microwave. Be sure to do this on a low power setting and in increments so neither burn.

Grease an 8x8 pan. Press 2/3 of the oat mix into the bottom to create the bottom crust. Pour all of the melted chocolate and peanut butter mix over top for the second layer. Crumble the remaining oat mix over top.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, then cut the bars and eat up!


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