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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

Makes 12 bars

Total Time
40 mins

We can't quite call these sinfully rich chocolate chip peanut butter bars "health food," but with whole-wheat flour, wheat germ, and rolled oats mixed in, they're much more respectable.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

Jim Henkens
 1/2 cup butter, softened
 1/3 cup sugar
 1/2 cup light brown sugar
 1 egg
 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
 1/4 cup wheat germ
 1 cup rolled oats
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1 package (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter with sugars until smooth. Beat in egg, peanut butter, and vanilla until well blended.

Step 2

In another bowl, whisk together flours, wheat germ, oats, baking soda, and salt; stir or beat into butter mixture until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Stir in chocolate chips.

Step 3

Spread dough evenly in a buttered 8-inch square baking pan. Bake until pale golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on a rack about 10 minutes, then cut into 12 pieces. Let cool completely.

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 304Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g27%

Saturated Fat 8.4g43%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 226mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 36g12%

Dietary Fiber 2.9g12%
Protein 5.7g12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.