Soft and chewy peanut butter oatmeal bars made with healthy, wholesome ingredients.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup chunky or creamy peanut butter

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 milk (Can use almond milk, or whichever you prefer)

1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (or regular chocolate chips)

1/2 cup raisins (or whichever mix-ins you’d like)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Mix together the brown sugar and peanut butter until light in color and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in the vanilla, scraping down the sides as needed. Add in the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda. The dough will be very thick and clumpy, but it will come together. Slowly add the milk in a steady stream, mixing until a dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips and raisins. Use your hands to make sure everything is combined, if needed. Once the dough is completely combined, press it lightly into the prepared baking dish. Bake for about 17-20 minutes until the bars are lightly golden and set. Allow to cool completely and cut into squares. Keep in the refrigerator in a covered container. Bars will be good stored for up to 2 weeks.

Notes:

Chocolate Drizzle: I melted 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter for the chocolate drizzle. This is completely optional. Be sure to use whichever mix-ins you like instead of the called for chocolate chips and raisins.

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