Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars are a delicious and nutritious snack that combines the rich flavor of peanut butter with the wholesome goodness of oats. Packed with fiber, protein, and natural sweetness, these bars make for a satisfying treat that can be enjoyed guilt-free. Whether you need a quick breakfast option or an energy-boosting snack, these bars are a perfect choice.
– 2 cups old-fashioned oat– 1 cup natural peanut butter– 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup– 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)– 1/4 teaspoon salt– 1/2 cup chopped nuts or seeds (such as almonds, walnuts, or sunflower seeds)– 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal. This helps prevent the bars from sticking.
In a microwave-safe bowl or on the stovetop, gently warm the peanut butter and honey (or maple syrup) until they are easy to mix. Stir in the applesauce, vanilla extract, cinnamon (if using), and salt until well combined.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the old-fashioned oats with the wet mixture. Fold in the chopped nuts or seeds and dark chocolate chips, if desired. Ensure all ingredients are evenly distributed.
Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking dish and press it down firmly with a spatula or the back of a spoon to create an even layer.
Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan before using the parchment paper overhang to lift them out. Once cooled, cut into squares or bars.