Between tooth pain and allergies/cold, I can’t eat or taste much lately. 😛 I wanted something soft but nutritious that would be a good meal substitute. I looked up breakfast bar recipes, and I found one for peanut butter and oatmeal. Peanut butter, yum. Plus, it has protein. Sold!
I can’t take credit for today’s recipe. 🙂 It’s from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I modified it in several ways, though, so I’ll write the whole recipe. Go to Sally’s web page for pictures, though.
I love chocolate, but this recipe had so much sugar that I didn’t want to add any more. I skipped the chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle. I also didn’t have any raisins, so I used minced apple and cinnamon powder. The result is surprisingly sweet (perhaps too much), so next time I will reduce the sugar.
1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
1 cup (250g) peanut butter (I used whipped because I like whippings…er, I mean whipped things. I mean…)
2 tsp (10mL) vanilla extract)
1 cup (127g) whole wheat flour
1 cup (80g) oats
1 tsp (5mL) baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (just sprinkle a bit)
Two big sprinkles of cinnamon powder (maybe 2 tsp?)
1/2 cup (120mL) milk (I used skim, but it’s not picky)
1 cup minced fresh apple (I think it tastes better without peelings, but it’s up to you)
If you have an 8×8 pan, use it. I don’t, so I used a 9-inch round pan. Line with parchment paper, if you have it, or grease/flour the bottom.
Whip…er, I mean cream…um…I mean mix the sugar and peanut butter together until it’s light and fluffy. The recipe says for three minutes. I didn’t time the mixing, but that sounds about right. Add vanilla and mix again.
The recipe says to add flour, oats, salt, and baking soda all at once. I think the baking soda and salt need to be worked into the dough more thoroughly, so I added ingredients one at a time (flour, salt, baking soda, oats, cinnamon). Then add the milk gradually, while stirring. When the ingredients moisten enough to form a dough, add the apple (or whatever mix-ins you want).
Press into the pan. If you use dry mix-ins, like the chocolate chips and raisins, you probably can bake for the suggested 17-20 minutes. The apple bits are so juicy, though, that the final baking time was probably 35 or 40 minutes.
The recipe says the bars will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, but I doubt these will last that long. 🙂