Nutella and Peanut Butter Oat Bars

I have been baking at work for the last few weeks. Coming in early and baking and icing the cupcakes. It has been so much fun! Baking is what I love to do and working in the kitchen side of things at work just feels right.

The early starts are hard to get used to but they leave me with most of the afternoon and evening off, which I love.

Those afternoons give me lots of time for blogging and baking. But not that much energy after those early wake-ups. So this was a great recipe to stumble upon the other day. A no-bake recipe!

I was really craving something sweet and all I had to do was mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan, pour them into a pan and stick the whole thing in the freezer. That sounded great – so easy and so perfect for my sleepy self to make.

Then I was kidding myself all evening while eating these that oats and rice bubbles totally make these bars healthy. Which they are totally not.

I love the crispy, airy surprises of rice bubbles (rice krispies over there in the states?) in all that rich, chocolate-y Nutella goodness.

Do the oats and rice bubbles mean I can call these breakfast, too?

Inspired by Love Veggies and Yoga.

110g unsalted butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup milk
6 tbsp Nutella
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 cups oats
1 1/2 cup rice bubbles
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Line a 8 x 9 inch tray with baking paper.

In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, both sugars, cocoa and milk. Place the saucepan over a high heat and bring the mixture to boiling point, continuously stirring. Boil for 90 seconds, still stirring, then remove from heat.

Mix in the Nutella and peanut butter well, then stir in the oats and rice bubbles to coat.

Pour into the lined tray and spread the mixture out evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top.

Place in the freezer for about an hour, until set, then slice up and enjoy. Makes 16 bars.

24 Thoughts on “Nutella and Peanut Butter Oat Bars

  1. God I love the title of your blog. Seriously, so fun and creative and just…perfect.

    And these look fab! I love Nutella.

    Thanks for the linkback!

  2. I’m so jealous of you working in a bakery. What time do you wake up? Is it super stressful with people yelling and all that? Does your back hurt at the end of the day? These were the excuses I just gave my colleagues for not opening a bakery. I have to make sure they’re valid! Although, I really hope that you wake up at 7am, it’s totally stress free and you feel fantastic at the end of the day.

    I can’t get over the term rice bubbles. Hahaha. I keep scrolling up just so that I can see “rice bubbles” and chuckle. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I think I must be really tired. Rice bubbles! :)

    These look really yummy! Peanut butter and Nutella is kind of an evil combination. It’s just so good. When I’m having a horrible day I make Nutella peanut butter toast. It makes things better for a few minutes.

    • Erin you’re so funny.
      I work in a cupcake shop, not a bakery, so it’s a little more relaxed. I get up at 6 and start work at 7. Then we spend a few hours scooping, baking and icing cupcakes.
      The shop I work at is a kiosk in a mall, so we serve customers and make coffee while we’re doing the cupcakes. And sometimes I have baking shifts and other times I have shop shifts and at other times I stay the whole day and do both.
      An no one yells at me haha! The owners and all the girls that work here are super lovely, I’m really lucky! And my back doesn’t hurt because I spent years working in retail and am really used to standing all day. When I did my pr internship though, and had to sit in an office all day, my back killed me! Funny, isn’t it?
      I’d like to open my own bakery too, but I have so much to learn first. I think you should go for your dream. Open a little American bakery in Berlin. Call it “cake” lol and sell lots of pies :-)
      What’s wrong with rice bubbles? They are like little bubbles! Haha!

      • Hahaha. I like your “Cake” bakery idea. It’d be a good way to cause confusion. :)

        Starting work at 7 is still early! But at least it’s to do something you really like. I found out yesterday that my entire body structure is incorrect (haha, yeah) so maybe that explains why I’m always complaining about back pain. It sounds like a really nice job you’ve got. :)

  3. These look and sounds delicious, but how can you go wrong with nutella and PB? Love it!

  4. clareen on November 4, 2012 at 6:25 am said:

    What are rice bubbles? Are they like puffed rice or rice crispies?

  5. Do you think its possible to substitute the white sugar for Splenda baking sugar? My dad always feels a little left out at the holidays but the protein in the pb and nutella plus the fiber in the oats do make this almost dueable if I can cut way down on the sugar. Thanks

    • Hi Lynn. I’m sorry but I have never used splenda or any of those sweeteners in my baked goods, so I couldn’t tell you. I could only assume that since this isn’t no bake, it would turn out fine. But no promises! Good luck :-)

  6. These look & sound awesome! Peanut butter & Nutella are pure heaven together! I discovered Nutella years ago while living in Germany….oh, I miss the street vendors making crepes & bratwurst! I got spoiled & refuse to eat American brats-they’re plain gross compared to the real thing! Anyway, I’m allergic to rice. Could I just use all oats instead, and if so, how much?

    • Thanks Nicole! Oh I completely know what you mean, I used to love picking up those same crepes in Paris, and in Greece they would put cookie crumbs in there too. Yum! And the bratwurst and currywurst in Germany are amazing! Yes you can replace with oats, just replace the same quantity directly so use 3.5 cups oats :-) enjoy!

  7. The recipe above says : 110g unsalted butter How much butter do you use?

  8. 110g equals 1 cup

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  10. Thanks for the recipe! Do you use sweetened or unssweetened cocoa?

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