Crunchy For Me’s first featured recipe is courtesy of Cookies and Cups: 3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Squares. However, I put on my coaching hat and substituted the classic creamy peanut butter called for in the recipe for Reginald’s Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter.
- 1 cup Reginald’s Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3 cups rolled oats
Instructions (from Cookies and Cups):
- Line a 9×9 pan with foil. Spray lightly with non-stick spray.
- Melt the peanut butter and honey together until smooth, either in the microwave or stove top. Combine mixture with oats.
- Press into prepared pan. Place in refrigerator until set. Cut into squares.
Time to Prepare: 5-10 minutes (depending on how stubborn your honey is)
First, I’d like to give a little background into how I chose this particular recipe to feature Reginald’s Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter. First, for my initial Crunchy For Me recipe, I wanted to feature something that was easy to put together and that featured peanut butter as a primary ingredient. Second, when I came across this recipe on Pinterest, I thought that it could use a little bit of crunch. While I’m a huge fan of oats (oatmeal is my weekday breakfast of choice), the bars featured in the original recipe looked like they were missing an additional texture. That these bars don’t require any baking also convinced me that a little crunch would take the recipe to the next level. Reginald’s Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter fit the bill perfectly, as it adds just enough of a different texture without detracting from the bars’ chewiness.
Now, it’s time for the recipe. After lining and spraying your cooking pan, I combined the peanut butter and honey in a microwave-safe bowl. This was by far the most difficult part of the recipe, but it’s probably unique to my situation. See, I thought I had plenty of honey to satisfy the recipe’s 1/2 cup requirement. Well, it turns out that when a substantial portion of your honey is buried in the nooks and crannies of a little plastic bear, getting your 1/2 cup can be a pain in the ass. Three utensils, five minutes, and one sticky right hand later, I had my 1/2 cup! Lastly, in terms of microwave time, I did two 30-second segments, mixing the peanut butter and honey in between.
After my peanut butter and honey combined like two-fifths of Voltron, I added my oats and prepared for one last mixing session.
After mixing the ingredients together, I packed them into my foil-lined pan.
And there you have it! At this point, the recipe recommends refrigerating your squares to let the ingredients settle together. I was wary of the squares of getting too hard and crunchy like peanut brittle, but my fears ended up being unwarranted. I refrigerated my squares for about two hours, pulled them out, and dove in!
Two hours was the perfect amount of time. The ingredients had settled enough, and the squares were very chewy! Although Reginald’s Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter did not add the lite crunch I hoped for, it ended up being a non-issue. The squares’ consistency was perfect, as my teeth slid through each bite like a hot knife through butter. And this was just the tip of the iceberg.
Despite having only three ingredients, these squares pack a lot of flavor. The honey provides just the right amount of sweetness, which is complemented by the bourbon and molasses in the peanut butter. The pecan and roasted peanut flavors are relegated to a secondary role, but you can still taste enough of the smokey spiciness that I wouldn’t characterize these squares entirely as a sweet. In addition to being an obvious dessert choice, these peanut butter oat squares can also be enjoyed for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Two small squares were enough to fill me up for breakfast, and I didn’t even need my usual pre-lunch protein bar snack.
I highly recommend these squares to peanut butter enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike. They’re incredibly easy to make (well, depending on your honey situation), only require three ingredients, and are versatile in terms of when you can enjoy them!