Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

peanut butter smores barsIn first and second grade, one of my best friends was Martha. She was a tiny little thing. And Martha’s mom sent her to school every day with a giant chocolate chip  walnut oatmeal cookie in her lunchbox. Bigger than one little girl could possible eat. Those cookies were dreamy.  Crisp on the outside and ooey gooey on the inside and packed with walnuts and chocolate. Her mom seemed to make a weekly batch because Martha’s lunch was never without one. And, being the great friend that she was, would share 1/2 of that cookie with me on occasion. I loved enjoying every bite alongside my little 25 cent carton of white milk.

In every lunchbox, there’s always room for just a bite of something sweet. This month’s Recipe ReDux theme made me think of those cookies.

The Recipe ReDux theme for August is:

Bars & Bites for Brown Bags: Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag or a retro cartoon character lunch box, don’t forget the bars and bites. Small squares or round bites can pack nutrition into a sweet or savory taste. Show us your favorite way to jazz up any type of lunch box.

For awhile now, I’ve been trying to duplicate those cookies, but still have a ways to go. In my striving to make the perfect chocolate oatmeal cookie or some version thereof, these Peanut Butter S’mores Bars were born. These bars are hearty, packed with oats and peanut butter and full of chocolate goodness. They’re darn good. And a small square is just enough. Pack one for your kiddos for lunch, your husband/wife/significant other, or in our case, wrap a few up and pop in the cooler to take to the beach.

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Go on, dig in.

peanut butter smores bars

Here’s how to make these decadent bars:

Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

Makes: 30 bars

  • ½ cup Olivio spreadable butter with olive and canola oil
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup chunky natural peanut butter
  • ½ tbsp. vanilla powder (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup instant oats
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt (we use Chobani)
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows, loosely packed
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, chunky peanut butter and vanilla powder together. Beat in the egg. Then combine whole wheat flour, oats, baking soda, salt, yogurt, ¾ chocolate chips and marshmallows. Mix into creamed mixture. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Top with ¼ cup mini chocolate chips. Bake at 350° for 17-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and slice into small squares. Enjoy with a glass of milk. Freeze any extras, as they’ll quickly thaw in a lunchbox or picnic basket.

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  • Kylie @ immaeatthat August 21, 2014, 12:15 am

    These look super tasty and doughy! Anything with a PB+chocolate combo has a warm place in my heart;)

    • admin August 22, 2014, 10:29 am

      @Kylie, thank you! Totally agree re: the choc/PB combo. Give me those two things and I am a happy girl 🙂

  • Sarah Grace August 21, 2014, 12:40 am

    peanut butter plus smores?! Could it possibly be healthy?! Oh my, looks amazing. Great recipe for this month!
    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

    • admin August 22, 2014, 10:28 am

      @Sarah Grace, I know right?! Quite a tasty combo!

  • Wow! These look so good – great texture!

    • admin August 22, 2014, 10:27 am

      @Kelly, thank you. They did have great texture, so satisfying. And better with a cold glass of milk 🙂

  • Elizabeth August 21, 2014, 2:16 pm

    great minds think a lot 😉

    • admin August 22, 2014, 10:26 am

      @Elizabeth, Ahhhh I love it! Want to try your Smores bars now!

  • Meal Makeover Mom Janice August 21, 2014, 3:55 pm

    Yum, these look so good. 🙂

    • admin August 22, 2014, 10:26 am

      @Janice, thank you. They are deeeelish.

  • Jessica @ Nutritioulicious August 21, 2014, 4:51 pm

    those look amazing! I want to reach through my computer to have one!!

    • admin August 22, 2014, 10:26 am

      @Jessica, thank you! Don’t you wish we could virtually share? 🙂

  • Carrie August 21, 2014, 6:47 pm

    These look seriously delicious! Perfect for a summer BBQ!

    • admin August 22, 2014, 10:25 am

      @Carrie, absolutely! BBQ, picnics, beach coolers – they’ll be a hit.

  • Alex @ DelishKnowledge August 21, 2014, 7:30 pm

    OMG, my husband is going to go crazy for these!!! Sharing and swapping was the best part about elementary lunch 🙂

    • admin August 22, 2014, 10:24 am

      @Alex, hope you and your husband try them! My hubs loved them. Agree on swapping in elementary school. The good old carefree days :).

  • Nikki @ The Kids Menu August 21, 2014, 7:38 pm

    Yum – choc and nuts, can’t go wrong!

    • admin August 22, 2014, 10:23 am

      @Nikki, totally agree. Best combo.

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche August 22, 2014, 11:03 pm

    loving the sound of a peanut butter and smores bar.. these look delicious!

    • admin August 27, 2014, 6:40 am

      @Thalia, thank you! Great combo.

  • Sarah Jane @ The Hungry Musician August 23, 2014, 12:17 am

    These look super chewy, and I can already taste the PB just by looking at the pic, haha! Delish 🙂

    • admin August 27, 2014, 6:42 am

      @Sarah Jane thank you! They were chewy and hearty and just really yummy.

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) August 23, 2014, 9:58 pm

    Oh my goodness. Smores + peanut butter?? You just blew my mind.

    • admin August 27, 2014, 6:43 am

      @Deanna I know right?! The combo we will definitely be repeating.

  • Danny @ VRAI Magazine August 25, 2014, 9:44 pm

    You had me at peanut butter and then you had to go combining it with S’mores 🙂 Love it. By the way, you’ve really been thinking of those cookies for quite some time now — bet they are amazing as you remember them to be!

    • admin August 27, 2014, 6:44 am

      @Danny, ha! I have been thinking about those cookies – because I just haven’t found any that were quite the same :). Thanks for stopping by.

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