Peanut Butter Bars
- prep time30 min
- total time 30 min
- serves 8
Simple to make and delicious to eat! Only 157 calories per slice.
2 100-calorie packs Oreo thins, finely ground in a food processor (scant 1/2 cup)
½ cup old-fashioned oats
⅓ cup confectioners’ sugar
½ tsp salt
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
¼ cup creamy reduced-fat peanut butter
1 ½ oz reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1. Line a 9- by 4-inch loaf pan with wax paper, leaving a 2 inch overhang on the long sides.
2. Combine the ground cookies, oats, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the butter until everything is evenly moistened. Stir in 1 tablespoon peanut butter until mixture forms large clumps. Transfer mixture to lined loaf pan and press into an even layer. Refrigerate until firm, about 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla, remaining 3 tablespoons peanut butter, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and beat on medium speed until pale and nearly doubled in volume, about 7 minutes. Transfer to the loaf pan and spread in an even layer over cookie crust. Freeze until firm, about 10 minutes.