See something that looks familiar here? Perhaps you saw it first over at Family Home and Life, my other blog.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars After School Snack

My grand kids come home after school Starving with a capital S! Typical of most kids, am I right? And boy can they eat. If I am smart, I will have a tummy filling snack already prepared when they arrive and this one, Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars, is a favorite. They, along with their daddy's and papa, will finish off an entire recipe in one shot. It's easy and mostly healthy, so I am happy to make this for them often. My Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars recipe is a version of a no bake cookies recipe and very versatile. Leave out the chocolate chips if you want, use water instead of milk, add more cocoa; you get the picture.

Put oatmeal into a large bowl.

Heat sugar and milk to boiling and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add peanut butter, cocoa, salt, vanilla extract and oil.

 Pour onto the oatmeal and stir.

  You can add the chocolate chips here or let the mix cool a bit then add them so the chips will not melt as much.

I save some of the chocolate chips and sprinkle them on top pressing them into the mix gently. I add a sprinkle of sugar for more eye appeal.

When cool, cut the bars and serve. This will be a soft chewy bar and may not hold together well. If you would like it to be crisper and hold together, add an additional cup of sugar with the milk mix before boiling. I prefer to leave the extra sugar out. You need to be sure and boil the mix for 2 minutes or it will not hold together at all. Once I did forget and we had more of a peanut butter granola instead. I served it in a bowl with milk like cereal and the kids loved it. Some times they ask me to serve it this way instead of on a plate. 

It can be made in the microwave then you only dirty one dish. Boil sugar and milk in a microwave bowl for 2 minutes, add salt, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and cocoa. Mix well. Add in oatmeal, stir, then add chocolate chips. 

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars

3 1/2 cups of oatmeal
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of coconut oil or butter
1 Tb of cocoa
1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of chocolate chips

Place oatmeal in a large bowl.  Boil sugar and milk for 2 minutes in a sauce pan. Mix in the rest of ingredients except the chocolate chips. Stir and cool sightly then mix in chips. Press into a buttered 9 x 13 dish. Sprinkle with a sugar and chocolate chips; press chips into mixture with the back of a spoon. Cool, cut and serve. 

I link at these parties. 

 Copyright © 2013 by Hill House Homestead ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


  1. Yay! Thanks for bringing these to our party, Connie! Coconut oil, oatmeal, peanut butter...all my favorites! ♥

  2. yum! I'm totally going to be making these.

  3. Thanks for a great recipe! I sure can use this. The grandkids ask me for cookies (because it's grandma's of course!) but I hate to give them out before a good meal - this is the perfect solution!

  4. This looks sooo good. I can't wait to try them. Thank you for sharing it, glad I found it!

  5. These look great We will have to try them

  6. Yummm, reminds me of no-bake cookies, which are still one of my favorite cookies! Pinning, as I'm sure my kids would love these!

  7. These look great and can't wait to try them out. I think I'm going to add some dried fruit to the mix as well. Pinning :)

  8. Looks so yummy!!

    I am co hosting Fluster's Creative muster party! Thanks for linking up!!


  9. love me some homemade granola bars. they are so much better for our kids. i love using agave and wheat germ in mine too. Thanks for linking up to the all things pretty party. we love having you.

  10. I just want to thank you for sharing this good recipe! I have so many recipes that I have saved in my favorites, I will have plenty to choose from! Thats why I love blogging and meeting so many talented people like your self!
    Thanks Maria your HOST

  11. Thanks so much for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Have a great week!
    House on the Way

  12. These do sound yummy Connie. A great energy bar too! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. My kids will love these yummy bars!
    I just posted a sweet breakfast. It’s moist and yummy!

  14. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  15. This looks great - I found you over at "You're gonna love it Tuesdays" -Carole

  16. This is a perfect after school snack (my kids are usually starving, too) I like that I can easily adapt the recipe with your suggestions. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  17. These look delicious, so glad you shared on the HomeAcre Hop! I'm going to feature your post tomorrow! Stop by and link up again! - Nancy The Home Acre Hop

  18. My theory is that if there is oatmeal in a cookie I can justify eating more than one or is healthy, right ? :)

  19. I like "mostly healthy." They look delicious! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.


Gosh I love to read your comments! Thanks for leaving one :)