No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

No Bake Chocolate Oat BarsSo it’s that time of year again…

I know what you’re thinking ‘ The time of year that you just totally neglect your blog?’  No.  And yes , because it’s that time of year that our weekends fill up with all sorts of parties and picnics where you’ll be expected to bring some form of baked good.  Yes, you should bring something.  Don’t just show up empty handed – you were raised better than that.   OK, maybe you weren’t, but now you know.  You’re welcome.

Over the last couple of weekends, I’ve had a couple of parties to go to and I have made this recipe for No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars.   It has been a huge hit each time.  The best part, I think, about this recipe is how easy it is.   And even better, you don’t even have to turn on your oven in this heat!

I did make a couple of small changes to the recipe per suggestions from the reviews, so here it is the way I made it.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

Directions:

First, grease a 9×9 inch baking dish.  Next  melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat and add the brown sugar and vanilla extract.  Mix in oats.  Let cook for a couple of minutes.

Press 1/2 of the oats mixture into the bottom of the baking dish.  Set other 1/2 aside.

Next, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth.

Pour the mixture over the oats in the dish.  (I saved a little  bit to drizzle over the top)

Crumble the remaining oats over the layer of chocolate and press down gently.

Drizzle extra chocolate peanut butter mixture over top if desired.

Refrigerate for a few hours.

Wait until back at room temp to cut into bars.

Really, everyone should try making these for their next party.   They went over really big the two times I’ve made them so far.   Also, despite all the butter, I like to think oats  = healthy.   I  would make a double recipe and keep some for yourself for breakfast.


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