Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
5 min
1 hr
25 min

10 bars

  • 3/4 cup baking mix (recommended: Bisquick)
  • 2 cups quick oats (recommended: Quaker)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray an 11 by 7-inch or 9 by 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.

In a mixing bowl, stir together baking mix and oats until well blended. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.

Press dough into prepared baking pan. Use oven mitts to place pan in oven. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Cool completely before cutting into bars.

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    They came out pretty good! I like them husband liked them and kids. The only change I made was I used 1/2 cup of busquick like the show not this recipe! they were perfectly moist! yumm!
    I made mine in a 9x9 pan, I had no applesauce so I substituted 1/4 cup orange juice, I also added 1/4 cup brown sugar, a dash of salt and cinnamon, a tsp vanilla extract and increased the choc chips to 3/4 cup. They were chewy awesome.
    A delicious treat. However, I think I will omit the honey and use nutella or a special chocolate syrup next time. The honey tasted like it overpowered the whole idea of a peanut buttery oatmeal experience. Tasty! But I'm going to experiment with these. I will use organic crunchy peanut butter next time. And gotta say, the raisins, and rich chocolate are awesome in these.
    Mine turned out nice and chewy. I used 1/2 c. Bisquick, used old fashioned oats, and omitted the chocolate chips. Next time I will add a little salt and some brown sugar.
    Made this recipe yesterday (actually got it from Sandra Lee's kids cookbook). Came out moist and smelled delicious. I used an 11x7 pan, if that makes a difference.

    I would like to try it with the reduced fat Bisquick and reduced fat peanut butter at some point. I also think it would be good with cranberries and rasins or chocolate and butterscotch chips as a variation.
    I also added more of the applesauce. Also, after bars are cooled and cut, place a dollup of whipped cream on top of each. Definately, brouht out the flavors.
    I followed this recipe exactly, with the exception of the raisins and chocolate chips because I did not have any on hand. I found them to be very dry and difficult to eat. I really like the concept, so I will probably try them again with some modifications. I will try adding some brown sugar, and maybe pressing the dough into muffin tins. I had to use a lasagna pan that was too large, so my bars were probably too thin.
    This came out tasty with my tweeking a bit. I used 1/2 cup of regular flour instead of bisquick, didnt have any on hand. I used 1/4 cup of honey instead of 1/3, I used banana, cranberries, chocolate chips, and walnuts instead of raisens, and everything else the same. Wait and I added a dash of salt and a dash of vanilla extract and omitted the applesauce (didn't have any on hand). Next time I will add about a 1/3 or 1/2 cup of brown sugar just to add a bit more sweetness. But otherwise this was fantastic!
    After making a couple of adjustment I have gotten these down pat. I use 1/4 cup flour plus 1 teaspoon baking powder instead of bisquick and yes still equal in carbs. The nominal amount distributed in the bars makes them a very healthy and great tasting snack. Also for the right amount of wet ingredients use 2 single serve natural applesauce. I just added cinnamon powder 1 tsp. . I then do everything else the same with the exception of using regular oats instead of quick oats. The result great bars that do not fall apart. They taste amazing and kids love them. Packaged granola bars are all sugar and do contain more flour.
    These are ok but are very very dry and crumbled when i tried to cut them, i think next time i will experiment with adding a little bit of milk
    I think this recipe needs one to two tbsp of salt, I also think it would be better without the raisins and more chocolate chips. It is a very filling tasty treat.
    This recipe is soooooo very moist. I don't know why other people said it was dry. Mine was very chewy and moist and I love it. I am going to try and make a lower fat version
    These did not turn out as well as they should given that all of the ingredients are tasty. I did not tell my husband what was in them and he was so excited bc they looked so good but then he got upset that I fed him 'healthy bars' without telling him! This is the only sandra recipe I have tried that didn't turn out well. Probably won't try these again.
    I followed other's advice and used less Bisquick, but these just didn't have the taste I expected. Actually they didn't have much taste at all. Would not bother to make them again
    Made this last night when I was just in the mood to bake something healthy. I used cran-raisins instead of raisins. I used ONLY 1/2 CUP BISQUICK as the other reviews suggested. I figured out 1/16 (USED 9X9 PAN made 16 squares) of the recipe at about 160 calories. They taste very good, although my kids were mad about the cranberries and picked them out! I will make them again maybe with nuts instead of fruit to get my kids to eat them. I used whole grain oats (the long cook kind). Very good, as we try to eat very clean. The only "unhealthy" ingredient was the Bisquick... try them!
    I was looking for a basic recipe for making an oatmeal bar that would do well using Nutella hazelnut spread. So I substituted Nutella for peanut butter, added chopped walnuts instead of raisins, used white chocolate chips and regular applesauce (no cinnamon). First I made these with the 3/4 C of baking mix, (actually used Jiffy). Good, but dry. I then looked here and saw that the measurement was wrong. Second time around AWESOME!
    I just saw this air today so I haven't mad them yet. I scored it high since I have high hopes for this recipe. I have read the reviews on how they were dry and I replayed her show. Sandra only puts in 1/3c of baking mix and not the 3/4c of baking mix that the Food Network has on the website. It's a misprint. I hope this helps out and I hope mine turn out good.
    I made these exactly to the recipe and was surprised that they came out very dry and dense. There was not enough moist ingredients to keep the bars from becoming grainy. I might try these again with less Bisquick. Thanks Food Network!!!
    I saw this on the show and had to make it, because it had all of my nephews fave flavors in it!. I doubled the recipe. I beat the eggs first, and added vanilla. I didn't have any applesauce but I had 4 old bananas, so I mashed them and used them instead of the applesauce. I didn't have any problems with dryness. I added some cinnamon for flavor. I think the honey is too much, so I would cut back on that next time. I am not a big fan of raisins, so I used all chocolate chips. So this ended up being oatmeal, pb and banana, and it came out really good. My nephew LOVED them, and they have good fiber and protein for after school, and as someone else mentioned a good on the go breakfast bar!
    I took everyone's advice and cut the baking mix to 1/2 cup. I also used my regular applesauce and just added cinnamon (that I may leave out next time). I doubled the recipe so that I could freeze them up for "on the go" breakfast bars. The only thing I think they need is ice cold milk - yummy!!
    I've made these twice now. The first time was months ago when I first saw it air on Sandra's show. The second time was today, after I was searching for a recipe that could incorporate both Peanut Butter and Oats. As I was making these bars, they were sounding familiar and I thought, I think I've made these before! When I tried them again today and saw that I had the recipe saved in my online FN recipe box, I realized that I had. (My point in mentioning this is that the recipe obviously sounded good to me, not once, but twice!

    Anyway - with all the comments on the confusion of how much Bisquick to use, I met in the middle and used 1/2 cup. I recalled the first time I made these, they were rather dry and perhaps because the recipe misquoted Sandra. So this time I used a little less and my bars were not dry at all. I think 1/2 cup is the perfect amount for this recipe. Also, I didn't have raisins in the house, so I substituted with dried cranberries and they worked lovely. Between the chocolate chips, the honey and cranberries, this was plenty sweet. I know some people were complaining it wasn't sweet enough, but I think the sweetness of the cranberries really added that extra touch. And I even used unsweetened applesauce (because that's all I had in my fridge), and it was still delicious! (It wasn't cinnamon applesauce, so I sprinkled in some cinnamon on my own - about 1/2 TBSP.)

    It's a satisfying snack - good for the kids too. I would make this a third time.
    I loved this simple recipe....used 1/3 cup of bisquick -- mine needed to be a little firmer -- but the taste was great!
    These bars were a huge hit with my friends and family. They were so easy to make and were very delicious. I didn't have honey, so I substituted light corn syrup and it worked great. I'll definitely make these again!
    I made this with 3/4 cup of Bisquick. It was very dry and had no flavor. My husband said there was an after taste. I will not make this again.
    These aren't very good...... we won't be making these again. And we did follow the recipe exactly.
    I'm not a fan of Bisquick so I substituted it for 1/2 of wheat flour, used crunchy peanut butter, chunky spicy apple sauce and the Golden Berry Blend (raisins, cranberries, blueberries & cherries - both from Trader Joe's) and it turned out great. Also because I need to watch my cholesterol, I used egg substitute. Would totally make this again.
    I used 3/4 cup of wheat free baking mix in place of Bisquick. Replaced raisins with cranberries and didn't have applesauce so used strawberry preserves. I also replaced the honey with agave nectar. Came out delicious I really used what was in my pantry. Thanks
    I agree with you. I plan on making these in the future, and was very dis-
    about recipes posted!! Sandra did, indeed say 1/3 cup of mix. Kudos to you
    for catching that ingredient amount.
    I just watched this episode....went to my computer to print recipe and noticed that the amount of Bisquick (3/4c) was different from what Sandra said on the show. I rewound and sure enough she says and measures out 1/3 cup of Bisquick. Think I'm going to try it with 1/2 cup and see how it comes out. Maybe the 3/4 cup is what made some of the outcomes "too dry"?
    Very good--- my batch wasn't dry at all-- Delish!
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