Peanut Butter Lover’s Monster Cookie Bars

 

I know, I know, this is definitely not even close to a traditional Christmas cookie, but we gotta mix it up every once in a while, right?!? I mean, when you get that chocolate peanut butter craving, you just gotta run with it— especially at Christmas time. (and when this happens, also make these lightened up buckeyes. you’re welcome.)

But we’ll get to these Peanut Butter Lover’s Monster Cookie Bars in a bit, because first I want to talk about my new favorite tv show.

Have you been watching This is Us???? I know, I’m totally late in the game but I’m just now binging those first 10 episodes and I am beyond HOOKED!

 

Peanut Butter Lover's Monster Cookie Bars {lightened up, vegan option} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

First of all, I just love this cast! Mandy Moore, I’m so glad you’re acting again because you are fantastic. And then of course we have Jess from Gilmore Girls, so there’s that.

And the characters are just so raw and real. I love the issues they’re tackling in this show and how the relationships are intertwined and connected. It’s so different from anything I’ve watched lately and I’m so totally in love with it!

If you aren’t watching This Is Us yet, please do! It’s totally worth it and you won’t regret starting a new show for a second. And if you are already way ahead of me, what do you think?!? I’m dying to hear!

 

Peanut Butter Lover's Monster Cookie Bars {lightened up, vegan option} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Peanut Butter Lover's Monster Cookie Bars {lightened up, vegan option} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

Ok, back to cookies now— the reason we’re really here. So this recipe is actually a remake of an older recipe I posted on the blog about a year and a half ago, but I’ve tweaked it so much since then so I decided to repost my updated version. Sound good to you? K, awesome.

I started with a lightened up whole wheat flour, oatmeal, and coconut oil base, which I then proceeded to pack with peanut butter, shredded coconut, dark chocolate chips, and chunks of dark chocolate PEANUT BUTTER CUPS! Talk about chocolate peanut butter heaven.

These bars come out chewy, soft, and chocolatey— with just that perfect bit of crunch from the shredded coconut and oats. When I last baked these, we made them extra decadent by piling on a scoop of vanilla ice cream, kind of like a cookie sundae, and it was literally my dream dessert!

So of course I recommend doing the same 😉

Enjoy your Wednesday everyone— and make it even better with a mid-week baking sesh!

 

Peanut Butter Lover's Monster Cookie Bars {lightened up, vegan option} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

The Peanut Butter Lover’s Monster Cookie Bars

Serves 12-16
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Dessert

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup quick oats*
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg (or flax egg)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk of choice (I used soy)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate peanut butter cups (chopped) or mini pb cups

Note

*You can make quick oats by pulsing old fashioned oats in your food processor just a few times (until slightly broken down).

**You can make these vegan by replacing the egg with a flax egg.

***This recipe is inspired by ambitious kitchen's whole wheat coconut oatmeal chocolate chunk bars

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 baking dish (I used coconut oil spray). Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl: whole wheat flour, oats, baking soda, and salt.
Step 2
In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: coconut oil, coconut sugar, milk, egg, peanut butter and vanilla. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix to combine. Fold in the shredded coconut, chocolate chips, and chopped peanut butter cups, reserving a few for topping.
Step 3
Pour the batter into the greased pan and use a spatula to spread evenly. Top with the last remaining chocolate chips and peanut butter cups. Bake for 15 minutes, then cool, slice, and eat!

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

6 Comments

  1. I’ve never seen This Is Us! Hm, maybe a new holiday show to binge? I just started watching The Great British Bake Off (VERY late to the game) and am totally obsessed…. These look amazing, Liz! Everything a cookie bar should be <3

    • Umm YES! Definitely the perfect holiday show to binge! I’ve never watched The Great British Bake Off but I may just have to check that one out soon!

  2. Peanut butter + chocolate is ALWAYS a good thing! These sound awesomeeee. I just watched the first episode of This Is Us and am loving it! Now I just need to find time to binge all the rest! 🙂

    • Definitely do it! I watched the whole season in 2 days— SO good!

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