If you grew up eating Oh Henry bars, and you’re looking to make one at home yourself, these chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars are for you!
I love visiting old fashioned candy stores. I attempt to stop time as I carefully select pieces of my favorite penny (OK…quarter) candies from big glass jars; recklessly peel sugar dots away from long pieces of paper, popping them into my mouth with sweet abandon, and placing over sized wax lips into my mouth to bare a goofy grin. I wonder…Does that make me nostalgic or just plain old? Makes no never mind to me if you call me old, I’m a kid at heart and when it comes to consuming my favorite sugary sweets, I don’t ever wanna grow up! One of my favorite candy bars was the Oh Henry!
There’s just something amazing and wonderful about chocolate and peanut butter combinations, and when nougat, caramel and/or something crispy is added to the mix, I’m all over them. Oh Henry! bars fit that bill really well. With as many as I’ve eaten through the years, I find it kind of odd that I couldn’t recall exactly what was in them, but I did remember how much I loved their chewy, crispy crunch and that smooth peanut butter and chocolate topping. When I was perusing Pinterest the other day for something sweet to make, I followed a couple of links and finally came across this knock-off recipe for Oh Henry! bars. I was super excited to give it a try. So excited, in fact, that I didn’t read anything past the ingredient list. BIG MISTAKE. You guys, learn from my error and ALWAYS read a recipe completely before you dive into it for the first time. If I had spent even 30 seconds paying attention to the ingredient list, I would have learned that this recipe wouldn’t even remotely resemble an Oh Henry! bar. How would I know that by reading an ingredient list? Well, for starters, the real thing has caramel in it, but there’s no caramel to be found in this recipe. I would’ve also learned that peanuts were missing from the action. In fact, the recipe I found didn’t even call for crunchy peanut butter, but I kind of lucked out on that, since that’s all I had available. So what DID I make? Well, something absolutely yummi, but nothing at all like an Oh Henry! candy bar. Let me show you what I put together and maybe then you’ll be willing to help me come up with an appropriate name. Are you ready? LET’S BAKE!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
What do you get when you combine crunchy oats, crunchy peanut butter, and chocolate? A treat that’s completely yummilicious!
- 4 cups rolled oats (not instant)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 if using convection oven)
- Lightly grease a 13″ x 9″ baking pan
- In a medium bowl, mix oats and both sugars. Pour melted butter over and mix well to combine.
- Use back of wooden spoon to press mixture into bottom of pan
- Bake in oven for 18 minutes (don’t overbake)
- Place pan on cooling rack and cool completely.
- In microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together. Spread over cooled oat mixture and chill in refrigerator until set.
- Cut into squares for serving.
SO…. Please leave a comment below! What do YOU think I should name this recipe?
This recipe was shared with the THURSDAY TREASURES LINKY PARTY