These Oatmeal Peanut Butter Squares straddle the line between breakfast, snack, and dessert!
Shameful things I did yesterday:
Put Sun Chips on a salad. Like a really straight up healthy salad. All it was lacking was Sun Chips.
Perused Thought Catalog for twenty minutes when I was supposed to be looking for… something… I forget.
Shot dagger eyes at the cashier and bagger at the grocery store for arguing with each other while my baby cried in my arms, then going home and arguing with a three year old and one year old while my baby cried in my arms.
I am not ashamed to have eaten these oatmeal peanut butter squares. They are marginally healthy while still incorporating almost all of my current culinary obsessions. Oatmeal? Check. Peanut Butter? Check. Chocolate? CHECK. There was a moment where I considered fashioning some sort of chocolate peanut butter concoction to smear on top, but decided I would go the healthier route. These squares are satisfying and not too sweet. They are perfect as a snack or even a quick breakfast.
I often scoff at the idea of letting something cool completely (or even ENOUGH) before cutting into it. I would rather eat something messy and ugly than wait to savor the fruits of my labor. This is one recipe where I will admit, I enjoyed it better when it was completely cooled. The flavor and texture just came together better once they sat for a while.
Yesterday was a little rough. Hopefully today will be better and I’ll be able to refrain from putting chips (might as well be poison) on my salad.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Squares
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix peanut butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla extract and mix until combined.
- Add flour, oats, salt, and baking soda and mix on medium speed. The dough will look crumbly. With the mixer on low speed, add the milk and mix until a dough forms. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- When the dough is completely combined, press evenly into the prepared baking dish. Bake 18-20 minutes or until set and golden on top. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.