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Everybody's working for the weekend!

Have you ever heard that track working for the weekend by Loverboy? The line "everybody's working for the weekend" holds so true for me I truly am working for the weekend. I love my weekends and I try my very best to cram as much goodness into them as I can. To me goodness is running, baking and spending time with my kids. Yesterday after my run I hung around the house and got things done and made some pizza dough for dinner. Once a week I typically make whole wheat pizzas for the family, which I started up in the new year. This post however is not about pizza dough it's about peanut butter and chocolatey goodness. Yesterday was a chocolate and peanut butter kind of day for me. For breakfast I had overnight oats that I made in an old peanut butter jar with what scrapings of peanut butter were left and added a little honey and cocoa powder. The idea of using the old jar had never occurred to me until I was checking out the blog of another PA runner Babfitrunlife. That being said I think I had peanut butter and chocolate on my brain all day yesterday. So once I had the second pizza in the oven I started mixing up a batch of peanut butter oat meal chocolate chip bars that I pinned to pinterest a year ago and never made until yesterday.

This recipe was adapted from love & olive oil



Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups light brown sugar
3/4 cups creamy peanut butter
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips 
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup mini Reese cups (the ones in the bag)

Directions: 
Mix all dry ingredients in small bowl. (Flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt)

In large bowl mix butter, peanut butter and brown sugar. Once smooth whisk in eggs and vanilla.

Fold in the dry ingredients but do not over mix. Then stir in mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and mini Reese cups. 

Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper and then press the mixture into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes until edges start to brown. Let cool in pan before removing cutting and devouring!

I enjoyed two of these bars with a cup of milk after my son and I returned from the sponge bob movie and it was a great way to end my day. I have not been eating many treats with refined sugars or white flour since the new year so my boys will be polishing them off throughout the week by packing them in lunches. Perhaps Leona may even get to sample a piece.

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