Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars - Soft and chewy oatmeal peanut butter bars that are filled with peanut butter taste and M&M’s. Like a monster cookie bar, but much healthier, with only 1/4 cup honey to sweeten them!

These oatmeal peanut butter bars.  Oh my, yum.  Seriously, so good.  Plus – they’re secretly quite healthy.  Which means you can eat lots right?  No?

Yeah, okay, there’s still peanut butter, and quite a bit of it, in them.  And I suppose you shouldn’t really consume truckloads of that stuff.  It’s healthier than a lot of things though, and a little bit is definitely fine.  So I’m declaring these oatmeal peanut butter bars healthy.

Because I said so.

Seriously though, there’s no refined sugar and no flour.  The entire 8×8 inch pan of bars has only 1/4 cup of honey to sweeten them, and they’re sweet enough!  Yes, there’s some mini M&M’s in there, because I couldn’t resist making them into a monster cookie like bar (for the kids – obviously).  You could easily reduce the number of M&M’s to 1/4 cup for the whole pan from the 1/2 cup I noted.  I did that for one batch and it was chocolatey enough, so it just depends on how much chocolate you want in there.  I think they would even be quite tasty without any chocolate in them at all.  Which is saying something since we all know how much I enjoy my chocolate!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars - Soft and chewy oatmeal peanut butter bars that are filled with peanut butter taste and M&M’s. Like a monster cookie bar, but much healthier, with only 1/4 cup honey to sweeten them!

These oatmeal peanut butter bars even worked quite well with natural peanut butter if you prefer that.  I did find they were a bit drier with the natural peanut butter though, so just be very sure not to over bake them if you go that route.  We did prefer the regular peanut butter for these (although I wouldn’t say no to one with the natural stuff, so there’s that!).

Also, cold out of the refrigerator?  Divine.  A soft and chewy oatmeal peanut butter bar that can be mixed together in 10 minutes and is much healthier than the monster cookie bar it resembles?  Yes please.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars - Soft and chewy oatmeal peanut butter bars that are filled with peanut butter taste and M&M’s. Like a monster cookie bar, but much healthier, with only 1/4 cup honey to sweeten them!

I also shared this oatmeal peanut butter bars recipe over on Food Fanatic, so be sure to check it out over there too!

 

 

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars - Soft and chewy oatmeal peanut butter bars that are filled with peanut butter taste and M&M’s. Like a monster cookie bar, but much healthier, with only 1/4 cup honey to sweeten them!

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Comments

  1. says

    There is nothing wrong with a sprinkling of M&M’s for fun especially if you have slashed the sugar. These look absolutely scrumptious and peanut butter anything is tops in my book. That said, I tend to consume more almond butter. Do you think these would work with that?

    • stacey says

      That’s what I figure, M&M’s are just plain fun! I haven’t actually ever baked with almond butter so I couldn’t say, but if it generally bakes the same as peanut butter I would imagine it would be just fine. Let me know if you try it! Thanks Lynn!

    • stacey says

      Yup, unfortunately our school is nut-free so I can’t send them, but they work well for after school so it’s all good!

  2. says

    These look amazing! And the oatmeal definitely makes them secretly healthy. Sure, they have candies, but they are minis so that counts too, right? Yummy!

    • stacey says

      Exactly! Besides, I really do think they’d be great without the M&Ms and then they’re definitely pretty healthy – just not as fun and pretty! :) Thanks Rachel!

    • stacey says

      Hahaha, my kids would have loved if I had let them eat them for breakfast. PB and oats though, why not?! Thanks Cate!

    • stacey says

      Totally means you can eat more of them, that’s always what I decide! :) Thanks Manali – I was pretty happy to finally change up the design!

    • stacey says

      Good for the soul hey? I’m on board with that! And I’m definitely still considering these healthy – I just compare them to everything that’s much worse and then they look super healthy! :) Thanks Jess!

    • stacey says

      That’s what peanut butter stuff is around here too, the kids can’t bring it to school. So we make sure to get our fill of it at home! Thanks Kacey!

    • stacey says

      Yeah, I wouldn’t really understand wanting to omit the M&Ms, but they would still be pretty good. But better with, definitely! Thanks Mir!

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