This summer has been a hot one! I haven’t wanted to turn on the oven at all (can you blame me?) because we don’t have air conditioning. Every time I turn on the oven, the whole house heats up and becomes some sort of hellish heat-sink.
These are a great alternative to a baked dessert. They don’t take a lot of time to whip up, and they are delicious, and simple. Mine didn’t turn out exactly like the original post, because I overestimated the amount of oatmeal, and put a bit too much on the bottom, so there was a thin layer of oatmeal on the top.
I’m not going to waste your time in this heat wave! Go make these, because they are easy, quick, and taste amazing!
Yield: 12-16 bars (depending on cut size)
1 c. butter
½ c. brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. rolled oats
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt
1 c. chocolate chips
¾ c. chunky peanut butter
Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. Heat over low heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves.
Add the oats, cinnamon, and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Take off the heat.
Pour half of the oat mixture into the pan, spread out evenly, and press down.
In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave on 20 second increments, stirring constantly, until smooth and combined. Pour 4/5 of the chocolate mixture over the oatmeal.
Top with the remaining oats, then drizzle the remaining chocolate over the top of the oats. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set, then slice, and serve.