peanut butter no bake oatmeal bars

Peanut Butter Oatmeal No Bake Bars
I took one bite of these and had that instant “what does this remind me of?” nostalgia.  I still can’t figure it out.  Doesn’t matter- they require zero oven time and they are yummy, that’s enough for me.

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This is Flour Loves Sugars’s busiest and best week of the year!  I get giddy over Valentine’s day anyways, but in the last few years the rush of all of the orders is an added bonus.  Granted, I don’t get much sleep, usually end up sobbing over something ridiculous like a dropped egg or a broken cookie, but it also is a huge reminder of how far this little business of mine has come.  The first Valentines day I had maybe 15 orders, all Etsy- and I remember feeling so excited.  This year I reached 100 local orders, which is both terrifying and awesome all at once!  Running a small business is as they say “like taking on a new baby” in every sense- very little sleep and millions of joyous celebrations.

So, as I sit here surrounded by naked sugar cookies, with flour in my hair and icing on my shirt, my heart is so full.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal No Bake Bars

Here is a simple classic recipe to dive into:

peanut butter no bake oatmeal bars
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (1½ sticks)
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup peanut butter (creamy/crunchy- your choice!)
  • 3¾ cup old fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
  • 1¼ cup semi sweet chips
  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Once melted, add the sugar, milk, vanilla, and peanut butter- and whisk to combine.
  3. Turn the heat to medium/high and bring mixture to a boil for about 4 minutes, continuing to whisk.
  4. Take the pan off the heat and add in the oats, stirring to combine.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly into a lined 9x9 dish.
  6. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. The heat will melt the chips, which you can then spread with the back of a spoon to even out.
  7. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.



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