I let you all in on my deep love for chocolate right from the get go, so it’s only fair that I now share my second, though by no means less significant, obsession.
Ohh…peanut butter. I eat it everyday. At least twice a day. I smear it on apples, bananas and celery. I drizzle it over yogurt and my morning bowl of oats. I spread it on slices of toasty bread and freshly made pancakes. I eat it straight up from the jar. You may think I’d tire of the nutty treat, but no. You may ask, why don’t I give other nut butters a chance? Switch it up a bit! Oh, believe you me, I’ve tried branching out – almond butter, cashew butter, etc. But nothing beats the original PB. I heart you PB.
Clearly, it was only a matter of time before peanut butter made an appearance on this blog. It was just waiting for the right inspiration. And then that inspiration came. And so I made Crumbly Peanut Butter Oat Bars.
I love the combination of peanut butter and oats, so I was really excited about making these bars. Here’s the recipe:
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
2/3 cup oats
2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons skim milk
Preheat the oven to 325*F. Spray an 8 x 8-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a bowl, stir together peanut butter and honey. In a separate bowl, mix together oats, whole wheat pastry flour, turbinado sugar, salt and baking powder. Drizzle canola oil and milk over oat mixture. Mix with a fork until evenly moistened and crumbly. Set aside 1/2 cup for topping and press the remaining oat mixture into the prepared pan. Spread peanut butter mixture over the top – I microwaved it first to make this easier. Sprinkle reserved oat mixture over peanut butter mixture. Bake for about 25 minutes.
OMG. Peanut butter goodness! The top of the bars are perfectly crumbly and the peanut butter middle is deliciously sweet and gooey and oozing with rich peanut butter flavor. SO. GOOD.
Since there are oats in there, I can eat these for breakfast, right? Right?
Do you have a favorite peanut butter baked treat?