Peanut Butter Bars

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Hi Everyone!
I hope you are doing great!
So today's recipe is "Peanut Butter Bars", I really love how these came out, they have the texture of a "Protein Bar", smooth and chewy. They are really sweet and peanut buttery.

I added whole old fashion oats and chocolate chips to give them some texture and a little bit of a crunch. I drizzled them with melted chocolate! So for me, these are the perfect snack, or even better, they are the perfect Breakfast!

I think they are amazing...however, my lovely husband didn't like them! Can you believe it? I seriously CAN'T! How dare he say he didn't like them!!!

He said they were too sweet for him... oh well... too bad for him... good for me. I get to eat them all!

Seriously I was really disappointed because I LOVED them! If you do give these a try, please let me know what you think! I would really appreciate some feedback on this particular recipe!

Makes 10 1½  x  4½ bars
1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
3 ½ cups old fashion oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup of chocolate chips (optional)

In a blender or a food processor, blend 3 cups of the old fashion oats for about a minute or so, or until you get a powder-like consistency. Combine the powder oats with the whole oats, mix well and set aside for a minute.

In a saucepan on medium low heat, add in the butter and the vanilla extract, cook for 1 minute or until the butter has melted a little bit.

Add in the brown sugar, stir together, and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.

Add in the peanut butter, stir together and continue to cook on medium low heat until all the ingredients are well combine into a very soft sauce.

Once all the butter is melted into a soft sauce, pour this sauce onto the oats, mix well until thoroughly combined.

Cover a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, (for easy cleaning), pour the peanut butter mixture onto the baking sheet. Use a spoon or a spatula to smooth the peanut butter batter into an even layer about 1 or 1½in thick.

Sprinkle some chocolate chips over the batter, use the same spoon to press down the chocolate chips into the batter. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Melt the rest of the chocolate chips and drizzle the melted chocolate over the peanut butter bar. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

After 2 hours the peanut butter bar should be firm enough to cut into smaller bars.
Make the bars any size you like. And enjoy!

Keep refrigerated!