I’m starting to think this blog should just be called “Sugar” rather than “Sugar + Salt.” Not much salt going on here.
I promise I can cook real food too. My recent post history seems to suggest that I only know how to make sweet treats. As I’ve explained before, I have a severe sweet tooth and seek out any excuse to whip up dessert.
My excuse this past week was my sister Audrey’s lacrosse game. She plays for Centre College in Danville, KY, and her team had a game in Greensboro on Sunday. Being the amazing big sister that I am (I can hear her laughing now), I decided to make some homemade treats to gift her with after the game. Figured it would make her 8+hour bus ride a tiny bit more bearable…though I’m not sure if you can really do anything to make an 8+hour bus ride better.
This is one of my favorite no-bake bar recipes for two reasons:
1. They are incredibly easy to make. Can you melt butter? Can you melt chocolate? Can you stick a pan in the fridge? Okay great you have all the skills required to make these.
2. THEY ARE INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS. They are so smooth and chocolately and buttery and crunchy ALL AT THE SAME TIME!
You can make these bars in about 10 minutes and then just throw them in the refrigerator. They will be chilled and ready in about 2-3 hours, but you can keep them in there for several days. I topped mine with M&Ms because I had them on hand, but you could throw any other candy/crushed cookie/topping on them that you want! Be creative!
Everyone loves these bars and they will make you immensely popular.
- 1½ cups unsalted butter (3 sticks)
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- 4½ cups quick oats (this is important!)
- 1½ cups semisweet chocolate
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- M&Ms or other toppings of your choice (optional)
- Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray.
- Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add in brown sugar and vanilla. Stir until all sugar clumps are dissolved.
- Mix in the oats. Cook over low heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended and gently bubbling.
- Press half of mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Set aside the other half to top the bars.
- Melt chocolate and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly until completely smooth and melted. Pour the chocolate mixture over the oat mixture in the pan, spreading evenly.
- Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate.
- Sprinkle M&Ms or other topping of your choice over the oats and chocolate, pressing in gently so they stick.
- Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars.