No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

2 cups sugar

Dash of salt

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)

1/2 cup milk

1 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups uncooked oatmeal*

2 cups (12-oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Waxed paper

Line a 13x9 baking pan with waxed paper; set aside.

In a large saucepan bring to a boil the sugar, salt, butter and milk. Boil mixture over medium heat for 1 full minute. Remove from heat immediately.

Add peanut butter and vanilla; stir well. Add oatmeal and stir until thoroughly incorporated. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and spread with a rubber spatula until level. Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over hot oat mixture. Let chocolate chips rest for 5 minutes to melt and become pliable then spread chocolate evenly over oat mixture.

Cool, uncovered, for several hours until set (you can refrigerate once pan is at room temperature). Remove “slab” from pan by lifting up on waxed paper then cut into bars. Store at room temperature in an air-tight container.

*I prefer quick-cooking oats vs. old fashioned in this recipe but either will work!