These bars are SO quick & painless to make! They couldn’t be any easier to whip together. The hardest part is waiting to eat them while they chill in the fridge. They are a no bake bar & only require some ingredients to be heated up on the stove. EASYYYY!!
They have a delicious rich fudgy chocolate peanut butter center & a chewy brown sugar oat crust/topping. We are talking YUM-tastic!
They are so easy that I had my toddler helping me stir the ingredients on the stove! I thought to myself, “aww look how cute he is! I’m going to take a photo”!! While trying to capture his face as he stirred, I held my iPhone above the pot… BAD IDEA. I captured a lovvvely picture as my phone fell into step #2: melted butter & brown sugar. Fuuuuuuuuuuck man!!!
Luckily I was way overdue for a new phone anyway. Yes, I was forced to get a new phone that very same night. I am 100% shaking my head at myself guys!
Even though this recipe will go down in history as the one that forced me into a new phone, I STILL love it, & I’ll make it again.
Let me know if you guys give this a try! Remember not to hold your phone like an idiot over a pot of melted butter like I did. May the odds be ever in your favor <3
Serves: 8” x 8” pan
Prep Time: You tell me…
Recipe courtesy of: http://sugarapron.com/2017/04/25/no-bake-chocolate-oatmeal-bars/
SHIT YOU’LL NEED:
1 cup unsalted butter
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup semisweet OR dark chocolate chips (I used a mix of both)
½ cup peanut butter
HOW TO DO THE SHIT:
1. Line an 8” square baking dish with foil & set aside; overhang the edges of the foil to lift the bars easier from the baking dish!
2. Melt butter & brown sugar in large saucepan over medium heat, until the butter has melted & the sugar has dissolved. Stir in vanilla & mix in the oats.
3. Cook over medium-low heat 3 to 4 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended.
4. Pour half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread out the mixture evenly, pressing down. Reserve the other half for the second layer.
5. To make the filling, melt the peanut butter & chocolate chips together in a small microwave-safe bowl & stir until its smooth.
6. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, reserving about ¼ cup for drizzling, & spread what’s in the pan in an even layer.
7. Pour the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently & drizzle with the remaining chocolate mixture.
8. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. NOTE: I find it easiest to cut the bars in nice clean lines if you cut them when they’re chilled. Either way—these bars rock!