Peanut Butter Snack Squares

Peanut Butter Snack Bars

Every afternoon around 3pm I run into the problem of something healthy to snack on. I’d usually just prefer a bag of M&Ms and some Reese’s peanut butter cups and call it a day, but apparently that’s not good for you(who knew?). I went ahead and tried to make a healthy snack since it’s a lot easier and cheaper than finding tasty ones in the grocery store. And wouldn’t you know you can still have your peanut butter and chocolate and eat well, too?

These definitely aren’t fudgy enough to be blondies or airy enough to be cake; that’s why I’d call them “squares” and say they’re the perfect afternoon pick-me-up when you’re not sure what to have. They’re filled with whole grains, peanut butter, and low-fat yogurt so they must be a better choice than anything from the vending machine.

Peanut Butter Snack Bars Healthy

If you want to make these really healthy, swap out the chocolate chips for raisins. Then again if you want to use both I won’t tell anyone.

Peanut Butter Snack Squares

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 9 squares):

  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour(or regular flour)
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 2-4 Tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Snack Bars Peanut Butter

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, and sugar.
  3. Add in the peanut butter, yogurt, and egg and beat well.
  4. Slowly add in water just until the batter is wet enough for you to stir with a whisk or spatula to mix it.
  5. Lastly fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the greased baking tray. Bake for about 25 minutes until the edges start to brown.
  7. Let the pan cool before cutting it into 9 squares. Store sealed in the refrigerator until ready to eat. 

Peanut Butter Snack Bars Serving

After a few days these start to stiffen up. Just pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds on a low setting and it’ll be just like they came out of the oven again!

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3 Responses to Peanut Butter Snack Squares
  1. Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    October 24, 2012 | 9:11 am

    Such a great healthy snack!! I always get the munchies around 3. I’m usually still stuck at school, though, so I’ve taken to carrying almonds with me. I figure it’s better than buying donuts (and we have GOOD donuts). I’ll have to make these and bring them instead now!

  2. The Candid RD
    October 25, 2012 | 6:37 am

    Yep, I run into that same problem around 3pm. What’s the deal?!
    Thanks for the recipe Evan!

  3. Norman
    October 31, 2012 | 5:25 am

    Fantastic, a recipe for which I have all the ingredients, in my cupboard, right now! My preschooler has been asking to bake with me and this seems simple enough! Thanks for the recipe.