Nutritious Bars

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nutritious bars done good

What?  You don’t think they look nutritious?  Maybe not in a world of vitamin water, live-active culture yogurt and lycopene in the ketchup.  But in the 70s world of Wonder bread, Twinkies and bologna sandwiches these cookie bars were the picture of health food.  After all, they have oats and peanut butter in them.

In defense of the name, the original recipe only called for 1 cup of chocolate chips sprinkled on top.  I decided to dump the whole bag on top, melt them and smooth it out.  Chocolate is healthy, right?

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips

Grease a 9×13 pan.  In a mixer bowl, combine the butter, peanut butter, egg and vanilla.  Add in the brown sugar, flour, salt and baking soda.  Mix in the oats.  Spread this in the 9×13 pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and pour the chocolate chips over the top.  Pop the pan back in the oven for just a minute to soften the chips.  Spread the chocolate smooth with a spatula.  Cool completely before serving.

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  1. I double dog dare you to use half chocolate chips and half butterscotch chips on top next time… 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness… those are MY kind of nutrition bars.

  3. You know what I love about your recipes? The fact that 95% of them are made with things I already have in my kitchen. I love when you post something new because often times… I make it… like that day or that week.

    Yum! My kids will love this!

  4. This looks great for my boys! You could easily “healthify” these : ) I’ll let you know how it works out.

  5. Just so you know this is one of my favorite sites! I have made you biscuits a bazillion times and can’t wait to try these!

  6. Let’s face it, this is pretty much the same as a Luna bar which is supposed to be nutritious. Of course chocolate is good for you, as long as it’s dark 🙂

  7. Goss Family says:

    I’ve made these a few times now, my family loves them. We mix chocolate and peanut butter chips on top. These never last long after I make them, I’m lucky if I get one out of the bunch.

  8. These were really good. Wish I would have read the comments about peanut butter chips…!!! The whole pan was gone in two days. We shared it with the neighbors.

  9. MMMM! They look nutritious to me! I LOVE pb/choc/oats combo and this is an easy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Could you use applesauce on place of butter?

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