Thursday, July 16, 2015

Gluten Free No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars


















Do you ever have a craving for a food you absolutely hate? I know, it's weird... but probably about as weird as the fact that I detest peanut butter. It's just really gross, and the way it sticks to the roof of your mouth. Blechhh! So I contracted this annoying unusual hankering for peanut butter that demanded to be satisfied, but instead of grabbing the nearest jar and a spoon, I made no-bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars.


No-bake recipes are my best friends in the summer. No one wants to labor over a hot stove in the middle of the summer, it's incredibly unpleasant (if you do like that.... well, whatever floats your boat). I guess you could technically make this over the stove if you have some sort of dislike towards microwaves. (SHOUTOUT TO THE PERSON WHO INVENTED MICROWAVES! YOU'RE SERIOUSLY AWESOME!) Anyhow, these take like 5 minutes to whip up in the microwave, and all they do is sit in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then vuala! Perfect peanut butter oatmeal bars that taste fantastic, and not gross, even though they're full of peanut butter.

GLUTEN FREE NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL BARS:

Yield: About 20 bars 

TIME: 35 min
PREP: 5 min
CHILL: 30 min

INGREDIENTS: 

1 stick butter, melted

2 cups sugar

4 tablespoons cocoa

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup creamy peanut butter

3 cups instant oatmeal

DIRECTIONS:

Combine butter, sugar, cocoa, and milk in a bowl, and microwave for about 4 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved, and mixture is boiling.

Mix in vanilla, peanut butter, and oatmeal. Scoop into an 8x8 pan, and chill for about 30 minutes, or until hard. 

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