Once again I got sidetracked and drawn in by fun groceries. I thought it would be nice to change up my morning oatmeal with the Bob’s Red Mill 5 grain hot cereal. NO. Just no. The flavor was fine, but my preferences of consistency were just not met. I was then distraught of how I would use the rest of these oats, because forcing them down in the morning was just not going to happen.
I noticed on the back of the packaging there was cookie recipe- I was instantly inspired to make oatmeal bars. They are a bit healthy, a bit indulgent, and an all around great snack- one of my taste testers ate a whole batch in one sitting. (Because snacking in front of the TV always seems like a good idea, right?)
So if you need a little snack but don’t want to feel terrible eat potato chips, try these healthier oatmeal bars!
Adapted from Bob's Red Mill 5 Grain Cookies
5 GRAIN PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE BARS
- 1 stick of unsalted butter at room temperature (can sub with coconut oil of equal amount)
- 1 cup of light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup of whole wheat flour (I used a blend of whole wheat and whole wheat pastry)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups of Bob’s Red Mill 5 grain cereal
- 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (use crunchy for some extra texture!)
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Then add in the water, eggs, and vanilla. Then add in the peanut butter.
- Next mix in small batches the flour mixture. Stir in the 5 grains cereal and the chocolate chips.
- In a parchment lined 8x8 pan, pour in the mixture. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow the bars to cool before moving them to a cooling rack.
- Let the bars fully cool before cutting.