I get very tired of the same old breakfast. There are days where I just want something really good to go with my coffee. This recipe for Oatmeal-Peanut Butter Trail Bars from Reader’s Digest really satisfies that craving.
The bar is only 2″ x 2″ so I wouldn’t consider these low in calories or Weight Watcher’s points. However, for a relatively healthy treat, I think this bar is a good choice. It’s also very versatile. You can add different nuts and dried fruits to mix it up.Oatmeal Peanut Butter Trail Bars
I didn’t have chocolate chips, so I added dates. These easy oatmeal bars came out really sweet and chewy. Terrific with my morning coffee!
Serves 24 bars
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup natural-style smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 large egg
- 2 large egg whites
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or almonds (2 ounces/60 grams)
- 1/2 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Coat a 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33-centimeter) baking pan with nonstick spray.
- Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the peanut butter, sugar, and honey in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer until blended. Blend egg and egg whites with a fork in a small bowl. Add to the peanut butter mixture, along with oil and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add reserved flour mixture and mix with a rubber spatula. Mix in oats, dried cranberries (or raisins), walnuts (or almonds), and chocolate chips. Scrape batter into the prepared baking dish. Use a piece of plastic wrap to spread batter into an even layer.
- Bake the bars until lightly browned and firm to the touch, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a rack before cutting into 24 bars.
Nutrition information per bar and a bar is 2 x 2-inch:
4 g protein
24 g carbohydrates
2 g fiber
8 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat
9 mg cholesterol
68 mg sodium
Weight Watchers Points 4