Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bites

You would think that avoiding going outside into the cold would mean that I have been baking up a storm around here. Sadly, that’s not the case. It seems that I’m lacking at least one ingredient for everything I want to make. Thankfully, groceries are being delivered this afternoon. But, in the meantime, I made use of what I did have in the pantry to make these delicious little treats.

These guys are so ridiculously simple to make. There’s actually no baking involved. You just need a handful of ingredients, a saucepan, a couple of minutes of stovetop time, and a spoon. Plus lots of peanut butter and chocolate chips. Sounds good, huh?

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bites | Bake or Break

I had these mixed up in mere minutes. Honestly, the step to allow the initial mixture to cool took longer than the rest of the steps combined. I can’t even offer much advice for making them. They’re about as straightforward as it gets.

I suppose I do have one bit of advice. In a great case of “do as I say, not as I do,” I would recommend using mini chocolate chips. I used standard-sized chips, and while they’re fine, I think mini would work better. I chose not to go out for mini chips for these not only because it was cold, but also because our hallway was filled with people dealing with the water pipe that burst next door. And, the elevators weren’t working. I think you can see why I cut myself some slack on that.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bites | Bake or Break

In any case, I really, really like these little treats. They are just sweet enough with a nice crunchiness and chewiness. And, geez, they are addicting! I ate two just while I was trying to photograph them. I’ve put them in the back of the refrigerator now so that I can hope for some semblance of restraint. Wish me luck!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24 bites

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bites

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped salted peanuts*

Instructions

Place butter in a medium saucepan. Melt over medium heat.

Remove pan from heat. Stir in peanut butter, confectioners' sugar, honey, and vanilla. Stir in cereal and oats. Allow to cool.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Form mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll each in chopped peanuts. You may need to press the balls gently into the nuts to get them to stick.

Place in an airtight container and store in refrigerator.

Notes

*If you're using unsalted nuts, add a pinch of salt to the oat mixture. Also, you can use dry roasted or plain, whichever you prefer.

Recipe adapted from All You and MyRecipes.

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2014/01/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-oat-bites/

11 Comments

  1. Sarah Toasty January 9, 2014 Reply

    I’ve had the same problem, even having a target with a grocery on my block (thanks, city living) is too hard when it’s single digits out!

    Your bites look darling! I wouldn’t be able to resist during the photo shoot, either!

  2. ooooh these little lovely bites look SO yummy!!!

  3. JEP January 9, 2014 Reply

    This recipe looks easy enough for me and my granddaughter to prepare this weekend. Has lots of kid-friendly ingredients, too.

  4. Joanne January 9, 2014 Reply

    I guess the one good thing about the cold is that it has deterred me from buying random grocery items on random grocery trips. But…I have all the ingredients for these! WIN.

  5. Becca @ Crumbs January 10, 2014 Reply

    I hate that feeling when you don’t quite have the ingredients to hand that you want! These look like a seriously good improvised treat though – yum!

  6. Janine January 10, 2014 Reply

    What an awesome lunch box snack. The peanut butter and peanuts making it an awesome snack on the run until lunch can be had. Take a look at my blog, I just shared millionaires shortbread.

  7. vanillasugarblog January 10, 2014 Reply

    Pop em bites!
    Geez J these would be kind of dangerous around here.
    So easy to pop em while having just your morning espresso!
    Happy Weekend!

  8. Shin Chang January 11, 2014 Reply

    This is really an awesome Snack..You have just ultimate Collection of recipes. I would love to try this.
    Thanks for sharing..
    Keep posting

  9. Renee January 15, 2014 Reply

    Seriously putting crisp rice cereal on my shopping list so I can make these tasty bites. Peanut butter and chocolate lovers unite!

  10. Stephanie January 15, 2014 Reply

    My husband made these for me the other day and OMG so yummy! I have an oatball everynight after dinner :). Filling and satisfying :)

  11. Anita at Hungry Couple January 16, 2014 Reply

    Um…I have no restraint when it comes to chocolate and peanut butter. :)

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