Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

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As much as I love baking sometimes it’s nice to take a break form using the oven. The oven we have in our apartment is tiny, I’m pretty sure some of my friends have laptop screens that are bigger. This are no bake oatmeal bars with a filling that taste just like peanut butter cups. This recipe is very simple, all you need to do is melt butter, add brown sugar and the oats. For the filling all you need to do is melt the chocolate and peanut butter together. I bought some all natural peanut butter from one of the market places on campus. I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal for breakfast but I do love experimenting with oats in my baking. Recipe is from All Recipes.

Ingredients
1 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter

Directions
1.Grease a 9×9 inch square pan.
2. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla. Mix in the oats. Cook over low heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended. Press half of mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Reserve the other half for topping.
3. Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, and spread evenly with a knife or the back of a spoon.
4. Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently. Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars.

Grade: A
These were so delicious and even better so easy to put together. However there was quite a large amount of butter in these and next time I’ll probably cut down. I put these out on the table and in a couple of days they were gone!

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