Recipe Wednesday – Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

I recently had some cookies with craisins in them and thought they were fantastic.  So when I saw this recipe that was a mix of chocolate, oats, peanut butter, and craisins I was ecstatic about making it.  I made these for out Bible Study group and I really enjoyed them.  They’re not the perfect food for a gathering like that because they’re better served right out of the fridge.  The longer they sit out the more they melt as soon as you put them in your fingers.  But if you’re just looking for a sweet snack it’s nice that you eat them right out of the fridge.
These bars are almost fudge like but the craisins give them a really sweet taste and the oats give them texture.  I’m not normally a texture person in my cookies, etc (I really dislike nuts in my desserts) but I really enjoyed these.  Plus they’re no-bake so they were quick to mix together and pour in a pan.  You do need to let them sit in the fridge before serving but an hour will get them perfectly hard.  
If you’re looking for a new recipe for Christmas or the holiday’s this is a good one to consider.  I found the recipe via Pinterest and the recipe was from the blog, New Nostalgia.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
Makes a 9×13 pan of bars

1 cup Peanut Butter
2/3 cup Honey
1/2 cup Coconut Oil (no substitutes!)
2 cups Oats
1 1/4 cups Mini Chocolate Chips
3/4 cup Dried Cranberries

1. In a medium sized saucepan, melt together peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil.
2. Remove from heat and add oats, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries.
3. Stir until combined and chocolate chips are melted.
4. Spread into a 9×13 pan.  Refrigerate until hardened (about an hour).
5. Store in the refrigerator.

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