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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

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.

Sunset OCTOBER 2006

  • Yield: Makes 12 bars
  • Total: 40 Minutes


  • 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


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.

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.

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.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 304
  • Calories from fat: 50%
  • Protein: 5.7g
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated fat: 8.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 36g
  • Fiber: 2.9g
  • Sodium: 226mg
  • Cholesterol: 39mg

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars Recipe