No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Ok, so the first batch that I made of these I thought These are kind of strange. I’m not sure that the kids will eat them. So, I’ll just stick them in the freezer for later.

A week passed and there was only one of these bars left! That’s when I realized they were much better straight from the freezer and that I was the one who been chowing down on them.

So at that point I decided to let the kids and hubby try the last one and they “LOVED IT!” to quote the 5-year old.

I have found many versions of this cookie, check the bottom for one with chocolate in it. So even though these are full of protein and fiber, they are a treat that you’ll be glad to share with your kids. Well, I don’t know about the sharing part, but you’ll feel good about eating them.

Shopping List:

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup peanut butter

2 cups quick-cook oats

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

1. Spray an 8 x 8 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a small saucepan on medium heat melt honey and brown sugar until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.

3. In a medium bowl combine oats, cinnamon and peanut butter mixture until oats are moist.

4. Press dough into prepared pan and then place wax paper on top to even out the top.

5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then cut into bite-sized pieces. Lay them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and freeze them for another 30 minutes. Once frozen on the tray, transfer them  to a freezer safe zippered bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. I prefer the firmness of these treats frozen, but for a softer texture leave them in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Check here for chocolate Variations from the Food Network and Brown Eyed Baker.

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