3 Layer (peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate) Bars!


These bars are a combination of some of my favorites…
The bottom layer is really these peanut butter cookies I made, sans chocolate chips…
The middle is amped up oatmeal…
And the top is unadulterated semi sweet chocolate…

But before I elaborate more about these bars…
There’s this story I came across a couple days ago…
Many of yall have probably already read about it…
But it so tugged at my heart strings and reminded me of the community I have met through my blog…
I simply had to share it here…


This story is about a family’s love and dedication for their patriarch, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in the spring of 2012, and given 6 months by his Doctors. The son in the family (Brandon) and other family members decide to make a last ditch attempt to show how very much they love, support and honor the father’s (Brian) life; and as Brian’s favorite color is “sky blue pink” which is described as a color “not found in crayon boxes, but rather, witnessed in beautiful sunsets and sunrises” they launch an online campaign – #SkyBluePink – that requests people to share pictures of their encounter with “sky blue pink”. Through tweets, emails and mailed in submissions over a year, 3500 people manage to take time out of their day to show love and empathy for a stranger. A Band Good Show Great Show even rights a song titled “Sky Blue Pink” for Brian.

Total strangers came together to shower this family with such love – “it may sound silly, but with media and politics often telling us we’re all so different, it was a great reminder — that despite any real or contrived differences — we’re all people and we actually have a lot in common,” Brandon says. “We all have feelings, emotion and compassion. #SkyBluePink was just one way to unlock this
The following quote in the article made me think about all of yall reading, some of who might have read this story before, but still continue to read on…
“…despite some dissent that technology and social media are making people less personal and ultimately more alone than ever — that people still care, that social platforms have the potential to bring the world together, one retweet, Like, comment, share and favorite at a time.”

Thank you so much for reading – Yall can check out the article by Brian Hernandez on Mashable here

Now back to these bars…
These bars are decadent…
They are not in the same category as the Muesli & White Chocolate Bars
Or the Oats, Pecan, Cranberry, Peach Yogurt & Chocolate Chips Breakfast Bars that I have made…
These are definitely dessert bars…
Decadently, delightful, dessert bars…
Only make them if you think you can handle an addictionDribble

3 Layer Bars
Yields 6
Decadently Delightful Dessert Bars!
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For the peanut butter (or any nut butter) layer
  1. 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  2. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. Spalsh of vanilla
For the oatmeal layer
  1. 1 cup oats-ground in a blender
  2. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  3. 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  4. 1 egg
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  6. 2 teaspoons honey
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 2 heaped tablespoons Chobani plain greek yogurt
For the chocolate layer
  1. A handful or two semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
For the peanut butter (or any nut butter) cookie layer
  1. Mix all the ingredients together till well incorporated and not "wet" and press into a parchment lined loaf pan (my idea of portion control)
For the Oatmeal layer
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and layer over the peanut butter layer
  2. Finally
  3. Sprinkle a handful or two or three (whatever your preference) of chocolate chips on top of the oatmeal layer and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Let cool and then cut - or do what I did and slice and faceplant into it STAT!
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I have no questions – but will entertain any and all thoughts on the bars – the story – the weekend…
I hope yall all have a wonderful weekend!

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67 Responses to 3 Layer (peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate) Bars!

  1. And the deliciousness only continues post-Halloweeen…these look soo much better than any Reeses variation- you know I’m a sucker for the choc & peanut butter combo. And given my love for oats, adding them to the mix only takes it to the next level! I bet you are a favorite amongst your daughter’s friends- your home is always filled with such yum baked goods :)!

    • Haha – You are so sweet – Thanks Khushboo!
      I had “Reeses” oatmeal this morning – threw in a couple of spoons of peanut butter in with oats and topped the concoction with chocolate chips…dessert for breakfast :)

  2. These bars look amazing Shashi! I love that last photo :) There is some truth to people becoming more isolated and unable to relate to real life experiences and conversations with the increase of social media. But at the same time, it has made this world so much smaller. The way we can make friends all around the world from just our blogs and then maybe even meet each other or friend each other on Facebook, its pretty amazing :)


    btw, Ive had a heck of a time commenting on your site, I couldn’t get any of my comments to publish, especially from my iPad. I’m on my Mac right now and its working, but usually I read on my tablet.

    • Thank You – You are so right Nazneen – beautiful bunch of people out there!

      Thanks so much for letting me know bout your issues commenting – I think I have to run a few updates…

  3. Beautiful story, Shashi, you always leave me pondering…and also hungry!

    Those bars….three times the perfection. I have a brunch I need to go to after exams and have a couple of desserts planned…I’m keen on adding these to the list too!

    • Thank you Arman!
      All these brunches and parties going on…I am thinking that the postal service over here needs a makeover as my invites keep getting lost!!! :O

  4. Oooh three of my favourite ever layers! And what a lovely story! I hadn’t actually heard it before so it was so nice to read all about it :)

  5. You always have the most uplifting stories to share, Shashi, and paired with your delicious recipes, your blog always makes for a great way to start the day. Although… I have to admit that being presented with that kind of sinful deliciousness at 5 AM is making it really hard to try and stick to a nice healthy oatmeal breakfast :P And then I want to justify it by saying that it’s Friday and I deserve to have a little fun, and… yeah… it all has the potential to go downhill very quickly.

    • Thank you Amanda! Knowing my blog contributed in a small way to a great start for you – well, that just makes MY day!
      But these – these are really healthy! Really! Like I mentioned to Kim – these have only 2 tspns of sugar in the base layer, no flour only ground up oats, no butter only nut butter, and if you used a light dusting of dark chocolate chips not the double fisted one I did – you would have had your daily intake of antioxidants – all by 5AM!!! ;)

  6. Such a beautiful story! And such beautiful bars! Far easier than I expected them to be when I read the title. I feel like these would make a great contribution to my next potluck :)

  7. Those bars look so good, the oozy chocolate and moist oats and peanut butter layer, love everything about these.

  8. Manj

    I think you should make these at Christmas :)

  9. Kim

    That story is incredible – those are the kind of news stories I like to hear (not all the negative stuff!!).
    And those bars look incredible – I’m afraid I would have to triple my running if I made them but it would probably be worth it.

    • Actually Kim – its all good stuff – no white flour – just ground oats, no butter – just peanut butter, only 2 spoons of sugar in the peanut butter layer and honey in the oatmeal layer and if you used dark chocolate – watchow! Antioxidants galore! :)

  10. DROOOOL! I am making these when I’m back in Miami next week. I’ll have to make sure I do so when friends are around because otherwise Vishnu and I will end up eating the whole pan! :)

    • Haha – Thanks Parita! Actually this quantity only made 6 smallish bars – I doubled the quantity to make a big batch – yes, as always, these bars have been made more than once :)

  11. Pam

    Wow, wow, wow! My kids would be so happy if I made them these bars.

    • Thanks Pam! They are actually quite healthy – Grinding up oats and topping em with chocolate is the only way I seem to be able to get my daughter to eat oats :)

  12. These bars are my dream team: PB, Chocolate, and Oatmeal! If I smother them in vanilla ice cream, would you approve? Thanks for sharing the touching story as well. You made my Friday awesome!

    • Aww – Thanks Erin!
      I would most definitely approve ice cream/fro yo (for those of us with sensitive stomachs) and these bars would be heaven! Actually the sugar content of these bars are not too high and mostly in the chocolate layer – so ice cream would SERIOUSLY be a wonderful idea!

  13. WOW the look of these bars is just incredibly good. 2 tablespoon of sugar… I can definitely afford! I’m drooling over your pics :)

  14. consuelohoneyandfigs

    My last comment got deleted because of my wifi conection uuugh. But basically it was just me screaming about how awesome these bars look.

  15. These bars look amazing! And, as decisive as social media can be, it truly is amazing to see the ways it can bring people together!

  16. A story I didn’t know till today and thanks for sharing Sashi.
    There are so many positive things all around. I do agree that social media is somewhat affecting the connectivity of people in a way. But, it also helps. Confusing.
    These bars are another story, three fantastic layers and absolutely delicious looking. A nice idea. Love it.

  17. OOOOO My 10 year old self who wasn’t a huge fan of oatmeal WISHES that she knew about this recipe because she would eat it every day!

  18. Peanut butter and chocolate…what’s not to love these gorgeous bars?! They are richly irresistible!

  19. I love ooey gooey bars like this… I could eat half the pan. :)

  20. Every layer of these gets better than the next!!

  21. Shashi,
    What a great looking treat these are, and accompanied by such a beautiful and meaningful story. Wishing you a great weekend and week ahead, thanks for this post!!

  22. Just made sure to pin this recipe. I cannot wait to try them out sometime this week.I already know my husband would be licking the pan clean if he could, Ha Ha!

  23. Dessert for breakfast might just beat breakfast for dinner ;)!

  24. kitchenriffs

    That’s a great story! Thanks for that. And thanks for these terrific looking bars, too. Peanut butter and chocolate? Yes, please. Oatmeal? So much the better!

  25. Great prose…very inspiring; just what I need in this otherwise dull day and if I could get my hands on one of those bars that it will be perfect!

  26. Shashi, you always manage to come up with more scrumptiousness with chocolate and peanut butter! Love, love, love it! And, thank you for sharing such a heart-warming and meaningful story with us. Have a fabulous week!

  27. Oh Shashi, these are great! I love all the 3 layers, I would eat so many of these bars!

  28. You are definitely a chic and pb queen!! Love these decadent layers!!

  29. omg that story just made me tear up. so beautiful, i love sky blue pink :) and those bars- omg- there should be a disclaimer on this post “do not read before bedtime, you wont be able to sleep without wishing you had these as a midnight snack” :)

  30. I love multi-layer bars like these! And because one of the layers has oatmeal, am I allowed to eat these for breakfast?

  31. this was a bad idea to check it now. I want a whole pan Shashi.

  32. What a beautiful story, thanks so much for sharing Shashi :) Yum, I love the sound of all these decadent layers in these bars! They look awesome and it would be hard to stop at just one.

  33. Oh my goodness!! These bars look heavenly!! So yummy :) I love peanut butter and chocolate… great combo!

  34. Shashi! These bars look so amazing! I would love to sink my teeth into one of those right now. Thanks for sharing the touching story! Always nice to remind people about love and devotion to family. It’s so touching. Thanks for a great post! My mouth is watering!!!

  35. OMG.. these look soooooooooo good, dude, and they aren’t that unhealthy. PB is good for you. I’m so baking this in DEC or Jan, once I need to tone down on the fats. I’m bookmarking this. So yummy!

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  37. Those bars look amazing! They’ve got to be somewhat good for you, right? They’ve got peanut butter and oatmeal! And the story you shared was beautiful. It reminded me of that Mother Teresa quote “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”

    • Awww- thanks for stopping by and for sharing that quote! What a beautiful quote it is!
      Yes – these cookies are definitely good for you – at least thats what I tell myself when I am having 2-3 of em :)

  38. What a nice story to go along with your recipe. I think the world is a much better place when you look at it through the eyes of connection rather than competition or comparison.

  39. Great post Shashi! Thanks a lot for sharing the short article and the recipe. Happy SITS day too!

  40. They look delicious but I would have to replace the oatmeal which is something my body won’t digest. Beautiful pictures. I can practically smell the bars. Thanks. Enjoy your SITS Day.

  41. Those look yummy! They are the kind of cookies that would appeal to anyone!

  42. Those look really good! Happy SITS Day!

  43. They look really good. I’m glad all the ingredients are so easy-to-find!

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