Guilt-free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars with Melted Chocolate Frosting on top! You’ll love how easy this recipe is and how these bars don’t fall apart! These bars are great for breakfast or dessert and are packed with protein! To keep it light on calories substitute 1/2 cup Stevia Blend instead of sugar.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Whole Earth Sweetener Co.. All opinions are 100% mine.
I have a sweet tooth that can’t be contained right now. If life continues this way, the baby’s favorite food will definitely be donuts. Because I was craving something sweet but wanted to watch the calories (that means you can eat more!) I made these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars with Chocolate Frosting using Whole Earth Sweetener Baking Blend, which has less sugar and calories than traditional sugar per serving. In the recipe, I will give you both options, Whole Earth Sweetener Baking Blend and sugar, but I wanted to share with you how great this raw sugar & organic stevia blend has been for me and my baking adventures.
These bars are delicious. A few weeks ago my husband went on a Bachelor’s Party weekend to Vermont skiing. Because I knew the boys would need fuel in between skiing down the slopes and playing Magic the Gathering (it was a wild weekend), I sent Matthew on the trip with a whole pan of these bars. The bars were quickly gone, and the boys were happy. Lots of times when you do a chocolate frosting you worry that they will be messy to handle, but if these can take on a road trip – then you can imagine how great they’d be for your own road trip, school/work lunches, birthday parties, sleepovers, or just having some always on the kitchen counter ready to be enjoyed.
FAQs for this recipe:
Can I use whole rolled oats instead of quick oats?
I recommend using quick oats because they cook faster. If you can’t get quick oats, then throw your whole rolled oats in a food processor first to break them up as the texture will be different if you just use them whole.
Do I have to add chocolate frosting to the top?
No, you don’t have to, but chocolate makes everything better. You could also spread on a peanut butter frosting instead.
Where do I find Whole Earth Sweetener Baking Blend?
You can find Whole Earth Sweetener products at select Walmart Supercenters, Target stores, and other grocery stores nationwide. Check here to find your closest store: http://www.wholeearthsweetener.com/where-to-buy/. You can also buy it from my favorite store Amazon.
Can I use sugar instead of Baking Blend?
Yes, use 1 cup of sugar.
Do I have to put them in refrigerator to chill?
No, you don’t, but it helps set the chocolate and the bars.
How many servings does this make?
I like to cut mine up into small squares. By doing this, I can get about 30 bars.
I have really been loving using Whole Earth Sweetener products, especially the Baking Blend because it’s 50% less sugar and calories than traditional sugar. It’s super easy to use, just swap 1 cup of sugar for 1/2 cup of Baking Blend and you get the same amount of sweetness and 50% fewer calories. I’ve been using this in bars, brownies, cakes, cookies, donuts, etc. I’ve tried many different low calorie stevia sweeteners, but this one is my favorite. I’m also a big fan of their Nature Sweet packets for my afternoon tea. All of their products use the highest quality natural NON-GMO ingredients too! Mix your peanut butter, butter and sugar until creamy. Then add in vanilla and eggs. I like to use a hand mixer for this part.
Then add in your flour and quick oats. I’ll mix this by hand.
You are going to end up with a mixture like this. I know you are going to wonder how you’re supposed to spread this in a 9×13 pan, but trust me, it’s going to work out.
Spread the mixture out in a 9×13 pan. Keep spreading and patting down with a spatula so the full pan is covered. Here’s a before and after baking.
Now prepare your chocolate frosting, which is just melted chocolate chips.
Are you swooning yet?
Now add the frosting to your pan of bars and spread around evenly.
Lastly, I like to sprinkle a little sea salt on top. I love the combo of salty + sweet!
After a quick toss in the refrigerator your Peanut Butter Oatmeal bars will be ready to be cut and eaten!
I really love that the bars don’t crumble at all after cutting and hold up their shape well.
I hope you guys love these bars as much as I do! Enjoy!
- 1 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup Whole Earth Sweetener Baking Blend (or 1 cup sugar)
- 6 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix peanut butter, Whole Earth Sweetener Baking Blend (or sugar) and butter together. Add vanilla and eggs and continue mixing. Add flour and quick oats and stir with a spoon.
- Spray 9x13 pan with nonstick spray. Spread your dough out into pan, using a spatula to press it down and make sure that it completely covers the pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- While baking, put 1 cup chocolate chips in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds or until melted.
- Once bars are finished, remove from oven and add melted chocolate on top. Use spatula to spread chocolate out to cover completely. Sprinkle with a light amount of sea salt on top.
- Place in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Remove from fridge, cut into bars and enjoy!
- Makes about 30 bars.