Yup! Just like Nature Valley’s, but better!

Now I know I posted these copycat Nature Valley Oat’s ‘n Honey Bars a few months ago, but those were just the original. I mean we love the original over here, but we equally love the peanut butter.

Really though, did you think we wouldn’t?  They’re sweet, crunchy peanut butter bars!

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And I mean it is pretty obvious we love us some peanut butter over here.

Wasn’t it just last week that I posted this heavenly, insanely delicious, perfect warm weather treat?  Yeah, I am talking about you, Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge Brownie Ice Cream! And exactly one week earlier I post this crazy Grilled Banana Bread Peanut Butter S’more Sandwich!

Oh fudge, this is getting embarrassing. Not even four days earlier I posted these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Special K-bars. Yeah, those bars have an entire peanut butter layer!

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So I think I need to lay off the peanut butter for a while…..

Unless of course I come up with yet another delicious way to use it. Then I will just HAVE to tell you about it. Cause really I can’t hold in the excitement. It’s pathetic.

Really, sometimes after I take pictures and I feel like the picture turned out just the way I wanted them to, I get SO excited to share the recipe with you guys. Like I think to myself “oh, they are going to LOVE this!”.

Seriously, could I get any weirder?

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I actually made these because Asher wanted some more bars to have as snacks. The girl loves her snacks. She has been asking for me to make these for days. I finally gave in……like always.

That girl knows exactly how to work me.

Really she has got me wrapped around her cute little muti-colored painted finger nails, that she keeps reminding me, “Tiegy, they really need to be redone”.

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These are really simple.

No, really they are. Five minutes prep, one bowl and 20 minutes in the oven. DONE!

Really you can’t get to the store and back faster than that. Plus, these things are awesome! They taste better than the ones from the shelf. Asher approved. And trust me, she’d tell you if they were bad.

I know from experience.

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Crunchy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Oats ‘n Honey Bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: about 12 bars

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats (use gluten free oats for a gluten free version)
1 cup rice crispies cereal
1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons peanut butter, divided
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 9x13 inch pyrex dish with parchment paper (do not skip this step).
  2. Combine the oats, rice crispies, chopped peanuts, salt and baking soda in a medium size mixing bowl. In a glass measuring cup or microwave safe bowl mix the honey, 1/2 cup peanut butter and coconut oil. Place in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir to melt the coconut butter then add the vanilla and brown sugar. Whisk to combine and then mix the wet with the dry ingredients. Transfer the oat mixture to the prepared pyrex dish that is lined with parchment paper, and press down hard. I used the back of a measuring cup (spray or oil the bottom so it does not stick and press hard!) and it worked awesome!
  3. Microwave the remaining 2 tablespoons of peanut butter for 30 seconds. Drizzle over the top of the bars.
  4. Place in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. The bars will be golden on top. Remove the bars and let the bars cool in the pan for 10-20 minutes then remove from the pan and then cut while the bars are firm, but still somewhat soft. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in a sealed container or wrapped in plastic wrap.
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Peanut Butter, Crunchy, Oatmeal goodness!

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