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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip and Oat Bars



Okay . . . I put my hand up. I confess. I JUST love (adore even) peanut butter.

If I had to choose only one thing out of everything possible to have as a food on a deserted Island . . . I would choose peanut butter. Seriously. Ok . . . umm . . . maybe chocolate would win out, but trust me . . . only by a narrow margin.



What could be better than peanut butter . . . or chocolate???



Peanutbutter and Chocolate together! The ultimate marriage of flavours . . . heavenly bliss . . . totally.



And when you combine that scrummy combination with the tasty crunch of buttery oats and chopped toasted nuts, well . . . I don't mind saying . . .



YOU HAVE SOMETHING TOTALLY IRRESISTABLY SCRUMMILY ADDICTIVE!!!

You just can NOT eat just one . . . I kid you not!



Rich. Decadent. Moreish.

Make them today. You will NOT regret it! Trust me on this.



Okay . . . so maybe your hips might protest, and eventually regret it a teensy weensy bit . . . but . . . you can always tell them that oats are healthy and cholesterol lowering. Very good for you in fact.

And that, my friends, is definitely the truth! ☺



*Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip and Oat Bars*
Makes 36
Printable Recipe

Deliciously oaty bars with a creamy peanut butter filling, and stogged full of rich chocolate chips and crunchy toasted walnuts. What's not to like??

18 ounces of rolled oats (2 1/4 cups)
12 ounces soft light brown sugar (1 1/4 cups packed)
140g of plain flour (1 cup)
1/2 tsp baking soda
8 ounces of butter, softened (1 cup)

Filling:
1 (397g) tin of sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
(NOT evaporated milk)
2 ounces creamy peanut butter (1/4 cup)
1/2 tsp vanilla
6 ounces semi sweet chocolate pieces (1 cup)
60g coarsely chopped toasted walnuts (1/2 cup)

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/Gas mark 4. Butter a 13 by 9 inch baking pan well, or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Alternately line with parchment paper and butter the paper, leaving an overhang for ease of lifting out when cooled.

Combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, baking soda and butter in a large bowl. Mix together at low speed with an electric whisk until crumbly. Reserve 2 cups of the mixture for the topping and set aside. Press the remaining crumbs into the prepared pan, evenly, to form the base.

Whisk together the condensed milk, peanut butter and vanilla. Pour this over the crumb base, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle the chocolate chops and nuts over top. Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over top evenly and lightly press down to adhere.

Bake in the heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. The centre will not be set. Allow to cool on a wire rack for about an hour and a half, or until completely cooled before cutting into bars. Fantastic!!

13 comments:

aimee said...

yummy goodness! i think ill make some for my friends and wrap them up special for each one. i love peaunut butter too and chocolate :) dark chocolate is my fave!
blessings,
aimee

Sheilagh said...

OMG so Scrummy, got to make as gifts for friends.
Thank you Marie.

Oh I am so glad you are back:)

Fuat Gencal said...

Çok güzel olmuş.Çok beğendim. Leziz ve iştah açıcı görünüyor. Ellerinize sağlık.

Saygılar.

jose manuel said...

Que delicia de chocoalte, esto se ve exquisito. Saludos

Shirley said...

Definitely one of the best blogs I've visited! I am now a follower - this recipe looks delish! : )

Lucie said...

Oh my goodness, these look heavenly Marie! These are a definite must bake for me :)

Allie and Pattie said...

Marie, this will be made before the day is out! We're in need of some comfort food around here and what better than peanut butter and chocolate!
xoxo Pattie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

All the ingredients I love! But I went to look at the light brownies and they are better for me...less sugar! Maybe I could frost them with peanut butter! heehee! ♥

Tracy said...

Peanut butter...chocolate chips...oat... LOVE all these! Must make these bars, and soon... WOW! Happy Day, dear friend--LOVE YA! ((BIG HUGS))

Chele said...

Oh you do treat us so! Will have to add these to my must make list ;0)

Anonymous said...

I would love to make these today ( NOW! ) but im afraid I havent got any sweetened condensed milk.
Any suggestions on a substitute of any sort?
Thanks

Marie said...

Hi Anonymous, you can make your own sweetened condensed milk. This version will store covered in the refrigerator, if need be, but just like the canned store-bought version, you should use it within three or four days to ensure its freshness.

To make your sweetened condensed milk, you'll need boiling water, non-fat dry (powdered) milk, sugar, butter and vanilla. You'll also need a blender to mix it all up.

In the blender, place 1/2 of boiling water. To the water, add 1 cup of nonfat dry (powdered) milk, 2/3 cup of granulated sugar, 3tablespoons of melted butter and a couple of drops of vanilla.

Put the top on the blender and blend the mixture on high speed for about 30 seconds or until everything is smooth. There you go. The homemade sweetened condensed milk is also good in coffee.

Hope this helps!

Ashlea said...

My husband is an inspector for pipeline companies, I sent these bars with him for his morning meeting, and he said they were a total hit with all the pipeline guys! All the other wives have been making treats for the boys as well being it's the holidays and by far my treats were the loved the best (hehehehe) Thanks so much!!