April 13, 2009
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bars
Sometimes you just get a hankering for particular foods. (My parents grew up in the country so I learned to use words like “hankering”.) The other evening I had a hankering for peanut butter, which I don’t bake with often because peanuts upset my husbands stomach. However, he was out for the evening, and I really had a hankering for it. But not only peanut butter, it had to have some chocolate with it, and oats sounded mighty good too. These bars are the result of my cravings, and they hit the spot!
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bars
- 1/2 c. butter, softened
- 1 c. peanut butter (check ingredients)
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 3/4 c. brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 c. gluten-free flour mix (I used Bette’s mix)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 c. gluten-free oats*
- 1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
With your mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the peanut butter and mix well. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat well. Mix in the flour mix and baking soda. By hand, stir in the oats and chocolate chips. Spread into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Cool, at least partially, and enjoy!
*You can read information on gluten-free oats at the end of this post.
That link goes to all the posts about oats, not to a specific one.
Can't wait to try the recipe!
FYI: I found out recently from a Dr friend of mine that the reason why peanut butter can upset some folks stomachs is that for peanut butter, most companies use the reject peanuts that can't sell as the whole nut. These she told me have a tendency to grow a certain bacteria in them that is hard on the gut.
What she suggested is to get the peanut butter you grind fresh yourself at the local specialty grocery store. Those will be better grade nuts, sans the bacteria.
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