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Big Family Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars | Make-Ahead Snacks

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When you’re craving a sweet and healthy on-the-go breakfast, try these Big Family Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars. They’re slightly crispy, a bit chewy, and full of flavor. Also, these snacks are easy to make ahead ahead to simplify your life!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Are you often in a rush when it comes to eating breakfast? You might not have much time to sit down and have a full meal after getting ready for your day. If so, you can prepare these Big Family Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars ahead of time and have them available for everyone to eat. Not only can you grab one of these bars and take it with you, but so can everyone else in the household. These bars are an excellent breakfast treat because they contain natural, fresh ingredients that taste delicious. A great anytime snack for on-the-go!

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Big Family Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars | Make-Ahead Snacks

Ingredients Needed to Prepare the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

When preparing the these bars, you’re going to need these important ingredients:

  • Old-Fashioned Oats. Make sure you’re using at least four cups of the old-fashioned oats to prepare plenty of oatmeal bars.
  • Peanut Butter. You’ll need creamy peanut butter to give these bars the perfect texture.
  • Vanilla Extract. Enhance the taste of these bars with a bit of pure vanilla extract.
  • Chocolate Chips. Include at least a cup of the chocolate chips when combining your ingredients.

You’ll also need eggs, cinnamon, whole wheat flour, salt, milk, and maple syrup. Once you’ve bought your ingredients, you’re ready to make these wholesome breakfast bars.

Which type of peanut butter do I need to use?

It’s important to use creamy peanut butter to give these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars the perfect texture. However, the exact brand and style doesn’t matter much. You can use your favorite brand of peanut butter, such as Jif, Skippy, or even a generic version.

Can I use any chocolate chips that I want?

It’s fine to use any chocolate chips you like, such as dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels. You can even add white chocolate chip morsels to your oatmeal bars.

Why do I need to add maple syrup to these bars?

Adding maple syrup to your Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars is the best way to give them a natural sweetness that makes these bars even more enjoyable. You don’t need to add a bunch of sugar to the bars. The maple syrup does the trick! It’s best to use authentic maple syrup when you’re preparing these bars.

Big Family Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars | Make-Ahead Snacks

Can I add extra ingredients to the bars?

Yes and Amen! You certainly can add extra ingredients to the bars! Chopped nuts, chopped pieces of marshmallows, and raisins are just a few great ingredients to add to them.

How can I save these bars for later?

After baking the Big Family Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars, you can slice them into individual servings and place them in an airtight container. You can leave the airtight container in the fridge for several days or freeze your bars for at least 3 months to make them last longer. If you’re going to freeze them, you’ll need to let them thaw for at least an hour before biting into them. These make a perfect on-the-go snack!

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Big Family Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars | Make-Ahead Snacks

Big Family Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars | Make-Ahead Snacks

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 45min
  • Yield: 18
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Oven

Description

When you’re craving a sweet and healthy on-the-go breakfast, try these Big Family Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars. They’re slightly crispy, a bit chewy, and full of flavor.


Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup creamy peanut butter

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup milk

2 eggs

4 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup chocolate chips

 


Instructions

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish (for thick bars) or 11×15 (for thinner bars) with parchment paper spritzed with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, and salt. 

  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the peanut butter in the microwave until melted, about 1 minute. Stir in the maple syrup, vanilla extract, milk, and eggs until well blended.

  4. Add the flour mixture and mix until combined.

  5. Fold in the oats and chocolate chips, reserving some chocolate chips for the top..

  6. Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Press reserved chocolate chips into the top.

  7. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes (depending on thickness) or until the edges begin to brown. Remove from the oven but allow to cool in the baking pan for 10 to 15 minutes before lifting with the parchment to remove from the pan. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars.


Notes

Freezer Instructions:
Once you’ve prepared the bars, and they are cut into individual pieces, you can put them in a freezer-safe container or even freezer bags. Don’t forget to add your label! You can leave these in the freezer for a at least 3 months before using. 
To thaw, take them from the freezer and thaw them on your counter until they reach your desired temperature. 
 
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy. It is based on third-party calculations and should only be considered general estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with food brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more factors.
 

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