No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Don’t these sound amazing? Well, it’s true. They are. They also come with a warning label (see below). I made them for a party and they went FAST! Definitely keeping on my bring-to-parties/potluck/work/make-for-me-on-Tuesdays list.

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Serves: 24
Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

WARNING: You will eat all of these. You will also lick the bowl because chocolate and peanut butter only combine to make addictive goodness. So don’t make them and leave them lying around the house unless you want to consume thousands of calories; which, if you do, is your business. I take no blame! Consider yourself warned.

Ingredients:
Cooking spray
9 ounces chocolate wafers (or chocolate graham crackers, about 40 wafers), ground (2 cups)
1 1/2 cups oats
1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup chunky peanut butter
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
10 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 ounces milk chocolate chips, melted

Directions:
1. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the 2 long sides.

2. Combine wafers, oats, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, then add chunky peanut butter and 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter, whisking until well combined. Add peanut butter mixture to wafer mixture, stirring until combined. Transfer to baking dish, and use the bottom of a measuring cup or an offset spatula to firmly press mixture into an even layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Pour melted semisweet chocolate over chilled mixture and, using an offset spatula, spread into a thin layer that covers the entire surface. Refrigerate until hardened, at least 15 minutes.

4. Heat remaining 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter in a small saucepan until runny. Drizzle peanut butter over chilled chocolate. Drizzle melted milk chocolate over peanut butter. Refrigerate until hardened, about 15 minutes.

5. Use parchment to lift out chilled block of bars. Run a sharp knife under hot water, dry well, and cut into 24 squares, wiping knife between cuts. Let bars stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. (Sliced bars can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month.)

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~ by spontaneoustruth on August 24, 2009.

One Response to “No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars”

  1. Isn’t that the truth. I’ve had these before and it’s hard to stop eating them once you start!

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