No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

This is the first recipe I learned to make from the Rookie Cookie recipe insert in the news paper when I was a 12 yr old 38 years ago, WOW 38!  It is a simple healthy no bake cookie treat.  Especially nice for an after school snacks for the kids or a special surprise in a lunch box.

No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars
Makes 16 to 20 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients
1 cup butter
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips
¾ cup chunky peanut butter

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Directions
Line a 8-inch-by-8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Heat over low-heat, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
Add the oats, and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes.
Pour half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread out the mixture evenly, pressing down.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and the peanut butter. Heat on high in the microwave, in increments of 40 seconds, stirring in between each increment, until melted and fully combined.
Pour ⅘ of the chocolate mixture into the pan over the pressed oats, reserving about ¼ cup for drizzling. Top with the remaining oats and drizzle with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate mixture.
Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set.

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Calling all Reese’s fans…..

Are you a Fan of Peanut Butter?  Do you have a family that’s crazy for it.  Reese’s are everywhere in this house.  My son comes home from wrestling practice and first thing he does is get a big spoonful of Peanut butter to eat while doing his chores.  I cannot keep enough peanut butter and Nutella in my house.

I have found the best recipe that is similar in flavor like a Reese’s peanut butter cups. With my family they are a big hit.  Very easy to make. You will be a hit at the next bake sale or potluck!

Enjoy!

 

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup mini Reese’s pieces

Chocolate Layer
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 cup mini Reese’s pieces

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Instructions
Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by lining with tin foil. Set aside.
Combine melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Mix together until combined.
Add in the Reese’s Pieces and stir together.
Dump into baking pan lined with foil and evenly press into the pan. Use your hands or a spatula to do this.
To make chocolate topping: combine chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute at a time, stirring after 1 minute (mine took 2 minutes).
Pour on top of the peanut butter bars and smooth out. Sprinkle with some Reese’s Pieces.
Refrigerate for 1-3 hours. Lift bars out of the pan by the tin foil and cut into squares.

Notes
This recipe can easily be halved. Use a 8×8 baking pan.
The longer the bars sit out at room temperature the softer they become. Store in fridge for best results. Leave out on the counter for a few minutes to soften if wanted or eat straight from the fridge.
You can find the mini Reese’s Pieces in the baking aisle by the chocolate chips.

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Coconut Chewy Delights

These bars are so simple but oh so good, I could just lick the inside of the sweetened condensed can.  I cannot keep them around long enough to enjoy them myself  with my sons and husband around..

These bars are so easy to make. Basically just crus dump and bake…They make quick gifts for friends, teachers, neighbors or potlucks.

Enjoy!

Coconut Chewy Delights

Ingredients

1 pkg crushed graham crackers ( one sleeve )
10 TBS stick butter (melted)
1 – 1/4 cups chocolate chips
1 cup pecans (chopped)
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 – 14. oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions
Preheat oven to 325-degrees.
Line a 9″ x 9″ casserole dish with tin foil. Spray the tin foil with non stick spray.
Crush the graham crackers in a bag and add the 2 cups to a bowl.
Add the butter and mix well.
Pour into the casserole dish and press down with your hand.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
Sprinkle the pecans on top.
Sprinkle the coconut on top.
Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk on top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are golden.

Oatmeal Fruit Crumble Bars

Looking for a healthier quick cookie bar?  These bars are the best!  So versatile, you can use what ever jam you have or pie filling.

Your family will come running when they get out of the oven.  They will even try to convince you that they are for breakfast.  You know what they are right, oatmeal, jam, you cant go wrong, right?

Enjoy!

 Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup old-fashioned whole-rolled oats (don’t use quick cook or instant, they’re finer and behave like flour and will make mixture too dry)
pinch salt, optional and to taste
about 12 ounces raspberry preserves (or your favorite jam or even pie filling)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
To a large, microwave-safe bowl add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
Add the sugars, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
Add the flour, oats, optional salt, and stir to combine. Mixture will have some larger, well-formed crumble pieces as well as some sandier, dryer bits.
Set 1 heaping cup mixture aside to be sprinkled on later as crumble topping.
Transfer remaining mixture to prepared pan, and using a spatula or your fingers, hard-pack the mixture to create an even, smooth, flat crust.
Evenly spread the raspberry preserves over the crust making sure there’s complete coverage. Preserves should be about 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick.
Evenly sprinkle with the reserved heaping 1 cup crumble topping mixture. Before sprinkling, I squeeze the mixture in my palm to encourage bigger crumble pieces to form.
Bake for about 30 to 32 minutes, or until edges are set and center has just set and is lightly golden browned. Place pan on a wire rack and allow bars to cool for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving.