Every so often, I go on a particular baked good kick. I become obsessed with ways to make healthy muffins and begin to scour the internet and play with my own recipes in the attempt to create a healthy, tasty muffin for my family. Then, I usually move on to a healthy cookie kick, during which I scour the internet again (as though I’d never done it before) for healthy cookie recipes. This pattern usually continues throughout the year. So, I’m currently on a healthy cookie recipe kick. And, since we have about 25 pounds of organic rolled oats in our pantry right now (thanks to joining a co-op and getting an amazing deal on oats), I’m looking for recipes with oats!
So, I found one similar to one I have made in the past. But, the picture looked irresistible. I HAD to try it. (Heads up, the Pinterest picture looks nothing like mine!) Anyway, I gave it a try with some modifications of my own. We don’t like to use sugar. So, I generally substitute honey or maple syrup for sugar in most recipes. I also prefer to use coconut oil whenever possible. In this case, I used half coconut oil and half butter.
Here are the ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup butter
pinch of salt
1. Line an 8 or 9 inch square pan with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and vanilla extract.
3. In a small saucepan, combine honey, milk, butter, coconut oil, and salt. Bring to a full boil and keep boiling for 2 minutes.
4. Pour the hot mixture over the oat mixture and stir to make sure it is well blended. Then, pour the entire mixture into the lined pan.
5. Let cool for 30 minutes before cutting into squares and storing in the refrigerator.
My bars look fine, as you’ll see. However, the original recipe looked like it was an oat bar with chocolate chips mixed in. Pouring the hot mixture over the oats and the chocolate melts the chocolate so that you have chocolate oats, not oats with chocolate sprinkled in… Next time, I’ll make it the same way minus the chocolate. I think that once I blend the hot and dry ingredients, I’ll sprinkle chocolate chips into the mixture (in case you are curious) 😉
In any case, they are delicious and pretty healthy too!
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