Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Snack Squares


         Monday I posted a recipe for Rocky Road Freeze and I told you I would come back today and post what I served it with..Well here it is.. oatmeal peanut butter squares. They are heaven. I've made these 3 times in the last few weeks..they are that good.

       
     There's no butter or eggs in this recipe..nothing but peanut butter, brown sugar, flour and oats..oh and some chocolate :). They are thick, almost brownie like and the peanut butter to chocolate ratio is spot on. You could add in nuts..I added in chopped walnuts in one of the batches and we really loved that. I think they are best served warm with a giant scoop of ice cream on top but if you don't have ice cream don't let that stop you from making these. They go great with a giant glass of cold milk  : )

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Snack Squares

1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour..I used All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 TBS Vanilla
1/2 cup Milk
1/3 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
Additional Add Ins: chopped nuts, cinnamon,various chocolate chip flavors.

Prea heat oven to 350 or 180 celcius. Grease an 8x8 inch sqaure pan,set aside. In a bowl of an electric mixer, add peanut butter and sugar and mix on high speed until fluffy-about 2-3 minutes. Add in vanilla and mix until combined.

Reduce speed to medium and add in the baking soda, salt, flour and oats. The dough will look crumbly and you want the peanut butter mix to be broken up into clumps. Reduce speed to low and add in the milk;mix until a dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts if using and make sure the chips are completely combined in with the dough.

Roll dough into a ball with your hands. Place ball in middle of prepared pan,pressing to fit. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until set and golden on top. Let cool on wire rack before cutting into 9 squares.

Yield: 9 big squares
Source: How Sweet It Is