This is one of those recipes that I LOVE(d)! BUT had to rework to lower the sugar so I could have just 1 bite! I now cut them into really small squares so they are easier for me to eat without a reaction and they actually last longer too 😀
Here’s the original recipe that I believe came off the box of graham crackers many moons ago. I will follow it with the “NEW” recipe with a much reduced sugar.
MAGIC CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BARS
2 1/2 cups crushed Honey Maid graham cracker crumbs
1 cup melted Land O’ Lakes unsalted butter
1 cup Jif creamy peanut butter
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup milk chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon butter
- In a LARGE mixing bowl, stir together the butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar.
- Fold in graham cracker crumbs.
- Press into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.
- Place the chocolate chips and butter in a measuring cup and microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Spread the chocolate over the peanut butter layer.
- Place in the refrigerator until set.
- Cut into bars and serve.
AND the new recipe:
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER OAT BARS
1 cup butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (milk chocolate chips work well too)
3/4 cup peanut butter
- Lightly grease a 9-inch square pan, or line with parchment paper.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
- Stir in brown sugar, vanilla and salt.
- Mix in the oats. Cook and stir over low heat for 2-3 minutes, until ingredients are well combined.
- Press half of the oat mixture into the prepared pan. Reserve the rest for topping.
- Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the oat layer in the pan and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer and press in gently.
- Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm enough to cut.
- Cut into bars and serve at room temperature.
NOTE: If you are in a real hurry fold the chocolate mixture into the oat mixture before pressing into the pan. Personally this is my favorite way to make this as it distributes the flavors better.