Monday, 17 June 2013

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip PB Bars

It's still cool enough here in Southern Ontario to bake so when I found out I had some people coming over yesterday, I whipped up a batch of these delights.

 I hadn't tried the recipe before, but it had all of the usual suspects in it... oatmeal, chocolate, peanut butter and condensed milk so I was pretty sure it would be just fine! It was especially delicious warm from the oven with Hagen Daz ice cream. YUM!
There is just a slight hint of peanut butter. You could add some nuts to crank it up a notch.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
Crust and Topping:
1 cup softened butter
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1 cup flour
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
2 1/4 cups quick oats

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 package chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts, optional

Combine crust ingredients in a large bowl until crumbly. Reserve 2 cups for topping, press the rest into a prepared, greased 9 x 13 pan.
Mix the condensed milk, peanut butter and vanilla in a small bowl and pour over crust.
Top evenly with chocolate chips, then cover with remaining crumbs.
Bake at 350F for 25 - 30 minutes until brown around the edges. Center might not be set but will firm up later. Cool somewhat if you can't wait and cut into squares.