Jim Henkens
Total Time
40 Mins
Makes 12 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.

How to Make It

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.

Ratings & Reviews

runmom23's Review

November 15, 2012
These were a huge hit with my friends. I baked them during the recent storm when my friends were seeking refuge from the power outage. Two friends were here when they came out of the oven and loved them. Then I served the rest the next evening when I had more friends over for dinner. They went crazy for them and renamed them Blizzards in honor of our unexpected early November storm. I didn't have wheat germ on hand so I used Grape Nuts cereal. I attempted to grind them down in my mini food processor, but they were too hard to fully grind! I also used white whole wheat flour which I sub in nearly every recipe one for one with white flour. These were easy, delicious and somewhat nutritious so I didn't feel quite as guilty indulging. I will be making these often!

KittyD22's Review

February 22, 2011
Amazing! I also didn't have any wheat germ so I added extra oats. It was perfect. I will make this one again and again!

cookiemunster's Review

November 07, 2010
I've made these over and over. This last time I made them in to cookies - baked at 360 for about 13 minutes - turned out great! I was out of wheat germ this time so just added extra oats.

Raykei's Review

December 14, 2013

cmata1's Review

January 30, 2011
Delicious!! This recipe didn't need any tweeking.

nknapp's Review

January 28, 2010
We really enjoyed these bars. They are easy to make, taste great, and use mostly whole grains.

DesireeD's Review

December 30, 2008
I made these tonight and they are amazing. I ate a lot of the dough before it even went in the pan. The wheat germ was a little hard to find. This recipe is a keeper!