Healthy Peanut Butter and Raisin Oatmeal Bars

29 Jun 2015

Healthy Peanut Butter and Raisin Oatmeal Bars

Healthy Peanut Butter and Raisin Oatmeal Bars


While I was making these bars, I was thanking my lucky stars that I am not allergic to peanuts. This was of course while shoveling spoonfuls of peanut butter into my mouth.

Because if you are looking for a peanut butter loaded recipe, look no further.



Healthy Peanut Butter and Raisin Oatmeal Bars


I have always been the kind of girl who will take a spoon right to the peanut butter jar and just go nuts (no pun intended). The only problem is, my sister was also that kind of girl.

But like the weirdo my sister is, (just kidding, you!) she would eat peanut butter from the jar... using a FORK! Which means everyone could tell when she was snacking on peanut butter.



Healthy Peanut Butter and Raisin Oatmeal Bars


And so, a little peanut butter war between my sister and I ensued. Whenever I saw fork marks in the peanut butter, I would take out my spoon and eat as much peanut butter as to smooth out the surface.

But whenever the surface was smooth, it seemed like my sister needed to rough it up again with her fork. And the cycle continued.

It seems like without my sister around, I am eating way less peanut butter.


Healthy Peanut Butter and Raisin Oatmeal Bars


But not today!!

These bars are eggless, butterless and made with ingredients that I am sure you all have in your house. And of you don't like raisins, that is fine! Replace it with chocolate chips, or whatever mix ins you want!

Now. Time to buy more peanut butter!


Healthy Peanut Butter and Raisin Oatmeal Bars


Healthy Peanut Butter and Raisin Oatmeal Bars
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What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (or chunky)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 1 cup raisins 


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 8x8 baking dish and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the sugar and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, and mix until smooth.
  3. On medium speed, mix in the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda. 
  4. Slowly add in the milk until fully combined.
  5. Fold in the raisins, and mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Press the dough into the prepared baking dish, and bake in the preheated oven for around 17-20 minutes, or until the bars are golden and set. Allow to cool, and cut into squares.

Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction



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21 comments:

  1. You must have known that I bought 3 bottles of peanut butter! These look so delicious.

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  2. These are right up my alley! I love peanut butter right out of the jar, too :)

    Sues

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  3. I'm sold.... I love your peanut butter bars! I have to try this recipe!

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  4. Those sound delicious! They look so gooey and peanut buttery :D

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  5. You and I are on a similar peanut butter-wavelength today! These sound SO good! :)

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  6. We go through a lot of peanut butter here too. But no one uses a fork.

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  7. Aww I love the peanut butter cycle, sounds like fun! Do you not think some things tastes different depending on how you eat them though? Hands, spoon, fork? I do! But peanut butter is best with a spoon, and then another one :)
    These squares look amazing Cathleen :D I am so glad I grew into liking peanut butter - YUM! And raisins are fantastic in bakes too :D
    I hope you have had a great start to your day Missy :) xx

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  8. Looks so tempting and delicious. ..must try

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  9. I have never tried raisin and peanut butter combination but these are two of my favorite things :)

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  10. you and your sister sound hilarious! im always on the hunt for a good peanutbutter recipe :)
    www.sweatyandfit.com

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  11. We love peanut butter at our house and are quite thankful to not have allergies! Sun Butter is a great alternative for those with allergies.

    This recipe looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. These look amazing!! I know my 2 year old daughter would devour them :)

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  13. These look so amazing and so moist! I love peanut butter and raisins, they're such a great combo!! What a delicious dessert, yum!

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  14. OMG drooling and it's only breakfast time here!!!!

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  15. This looks terrific! Healthy never looked so delish. ;-) Good stuff -- thanks.

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  16. Hi Cathleen,

    These PB bars look so moist and irresistible... Yum! I'm loving them :D

    Zoe

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  17. anything PB is a winner here! And love the little squares.

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  18. These bars looks delicious and moist! Addition of raisins sounds YUM!

    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

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  19. They look delicious! Fork for peanut butter? Spoons I believe were designed thinking of peanut butter, to dive in :)

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  20. These sound like a really comforting treat :)

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