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Today, I’m pleased to have Anna of Feminine Adventures guest posting at Little Natural Cottage…

Chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal. Some of my very favorite foods.

Before moving, I tutored Literature and Western Civ to a small group of high schoolers. We had many wonderful discussions of great literature and historical exploits over cookies.

It was fun. Not only because the topics were wonderful and I had amazing students, but because just about anything discussed over a plate of cookies is fun.

My students liked the cookies, but when I brought out a plate of Mrs. Thompson’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars they really got into the discussion. (After a brief bunny trail in which we agreed that foods named after a person are among the best.)

These bars may not qualify as a health food, but as far as desserts go, they are pretty good.

Plus, they don’t have any eggs or gluten, so are a great choice for serving friends with those food intolerances. Or for times when you’re entertaining guestsbut happened to run out of eggs or flour. (Please don’t ask how many times I’ve made this recipe because that’s happened to me!)

Recipe from Mrs. Thompson, with slight alterations to make it healthier.

Mrs. Thompson’s Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar (or raw sugar or white sugar with added molasses. The molasses helps it stick together. I add about 1 T.)
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups oatmeal (As I learned from a friend, oatmeal itself doesn’t contain gluten, but if it’s grown too close to grains that contain gluten, the oatmeal might get “contaminated.” So if you need it to be completely gluten-free, buy certified gluten-free oatmeal.)
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • Extra chocolate chips and peanuts to sprinkle on top

Instructions:

  1. Grease a 9×13 pan well. Really well. Otherwise it will stick. I guarantee it.
  2. Mix brown sugar, butter, honey and vanilla.
  3. Add oatmeal and mix well.
  4. Spread into the pan and press firmly.
  5. Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes, or until the edges are just slightly golden.
  6. Cool slightly.
  7. Meanwhile, melt chocolate and peanut butter over low heat.
  8. Spread onto slightly cooled oatmeal crust. Sprinkle on additional chocolate chips and peanuts.
  9. Cool and cut. (I usually stick it in the fridge to harden the chocolate before cutting. Just don’t leave it in too long or else it will be pretty difficult to cut. If it gets too hard to cut, just set it on the counter and let it soften a little.)

These are great for entertaining. You can make them ahead and freeze. Just place in an airtight container in the freezer. About half an hour before you’re ready to serve them, pull them out of the freezer so they can soften a little.

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Anna is redeemed through grace so boundless she can’t begin to comprehend it…but stands in awe of God’s mercy to her! She is a blessed wife and mother of three precious children.  She is a full-time homemaker and believe building a home for God’s glory is a high and noble calling. She seeks to capture the daily adventure of this calling on her blog, Feminine Adventures. There she writes about her passions: Christian womanhood, mothering the little years, homemaking, frugality and natural living. You can also join her on Facebook or Twitter.
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4 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars {recipe}

  1. Oh these look wonderful!! I can’t wait to try them. Thank you 🙂

    Posted on December 6, 2012 at 8:29 am
  2. Yummy! I need to make some of these. Oatmeal/pb/chocolate combo is my favorite as well 🙂

    Posted on December 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm
  3. These look so good, Anna! You can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter! 🙂

    Posted on December 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm
  4. These look delish!!! 🙂 If only Anna were still close enough by to share them with me.

    Posted on December 5, 2012 at 10:39 am