Granola Peanut Butter Icebox Bars with Oatmeal Cocoa Streusel



Author Notes: I winged it with this one today after trying a grits cheesecake version (I'll enter that too if more than one recipe is allowed). I wanted to try making a graham cracker-type crust out of granola after running it through the food processor. Then I baked some cocoa-dusted oatmeal to serve as a topping. In between is peanut buttery, because almost everything is better with peanut butter. I imagine this would work with crunchy peanut butter, but I was working with what I had on hand. It might also work better in a springform pan.Kristin Irani Myruski

Food52 Review: I had made my mind up about this recipe before I finished reading the ingredients. Peanut butter, chocolate, and just enough nuttiness from the oats to take you back to the no-bake oatmeal cookies you had as a kid -- how can you go wrong? I took Kristin's advice and used crunchy peanut butter, plus the granola I happened to have on hand. Granola crust is a revelation: it's simple, yet adds depth, cutting the sweetness of the peanut cream and chocolate. This easy-going, refreshing indulgence is just what the doctor ordered, and it's sure to please a crowd.The Omnomnivore

Makes: an 8x11 pan

Ingredients

For Granola Crust and Oatmeal Topping

  • 1 cup granola (I used vanilla), ground in food processor
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup oatmeal, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt

Peanut Butter Ice Box Cake

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate
In This Recipe

Directions

For Granola Crust and Oatmeal Topping

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine granola, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 4 tablespoons of butter and press into an 8x11 pan. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the oatmeal, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, pinch of salt, and remaining tablespoon of melted butter, spread on sheet pan, and bake (also at 350 degrees) for about 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Peanut Butter Ice Box Cake

  1. Cream together the cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, butter and vanilla.
  2. Fold in whipped cream and peanuts, spoon over granola crust, and chill (ideally do this a half day or day ahead so it can set up)
  3. In the microwave, heat chocolate for 1 minute. Stir and return to microwave in 15 second intervals until melted. Allow to cool slightly.
  4. Spread chocolate over the peanut butter and sprinkle oatmeal streusel over top

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Reviews (4) Questions (1)

4 Reviews

Patrick February 24, 2014
Reviewing the recipe I noticed there's a tablespoon of butter in the PB mix but it's not included in the instructions. I'm guessing the butter is added with the CC, PB, and Sugar?
 
Author Comment
Kristin I. February 25, 2014
Patrick, yes, thank you for catching! I edited the directions for the ice box cake to include the tablespoon of butter when creaming the cream cheese, PB and sugar (and vanilla). Cheers : )
 
LE B. January 24, 2014
this recipe looks very inventive, but it also looks VERY sweet. Have you thought of cutting the sugar?
 
Author Comment
Kristin I. January 24, 2014
I think you could cut the sugar in the peanut butter mix by 25%, and possibly change to a darker chocolate on top and sprinkle some flakey sea salt into it when you distribute the streusel. That might be more a profile you're looking for : )