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


Recipe Type




Hannah's Bananas

Prep time:

20 mins

Cook time:

30 mins

Total time:

50 mins


18 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


  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Then add in the water, eggs, and vanilla. Then add in the peanut butter.
  3. Next mix in small batches the flour mixture. Stir in the 5 grains cereal and the chocolate chips.
  4. 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.
  5. Let the bars fully cool before cutting.