Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Squares

Chocolate. Peanut butter. Combined.

Some do not enjoy this amazing flavor interplay.

I cannot fathom why.

While I was waiting for the oven to preheat, I made a chocolate chip design on top of these yet-to-be-cut squares. I’m easily entertained.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Squares

Recipe almost completely unchanged from How Sweet Eats

makes 16 squares (originally 9; but really, you’ll probably eat the same amount regardless. I just like small things)

1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cups natural creamy peanut butter

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup regular milk or soy/nut milk

1/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Cream the peanut butter and sugar until fluffy using an electric mixer, then stir in vanilla.

Add in flour, oats, salt and baking soda directly into the peanut butter mixture, on medium speed. It will look very crumbly. Add milk with the mixer on low speed, and mix until a dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips.

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 16 or 9 squares.

These were delicious. Even though I have no idea how long they actually baked for because I went upstairs into my room with the door shut and the air conditioner on (longer than 18 minutes at least) and my parents somehow didn’t hear the oven timer beep. They were deliciously crunchy, still moist inside, peanut buttery, and full of texture from the oats. Moral of this story: it’s okay to let them bake a bit longer than normal.

Oatmeal, peanut butter. Then, there’s the chocolate. All together in a dense, crunchy, chewy bar formation that can be enjoyed for dessert… and breakfast the next day. UNGH these were amazing. Paired with some ice cream… it’s like that cake and ice cream combination. Personally, to make these really over the top, I would add a pinch of cinnamon. Just because I really like cinnamon. And cinnamon + chocolate + peanut butter = WIN.

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