Recipes for the Runner: Oat’s Peak Cookie Bars

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Oat’s Peak trail is a favorite among local trail runners. It has everything: grueling uphill, technical descent, a mass of connecting trails, and an awesome view at the top. With a balance of salty and sweet, smooth and crunchy, these bars remind us a little of favorite trails like this.

These are a great alternative to your usual ‘energy bar’, as they have similar ingredients and are loaded with cookie-like flavor. They whip up in a matter of minutes, and will go from ingredients in your cupboard to out of the oven in less than an hour. With that, enjoy our Oat’s Peak Bars, inspired by a good trail run and Skratch Lab’s cookie recipe.



Oat’s Peak Cookie Bars

Makes 16 Bars

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt (or scant 1 TBSP kosher or sea salt)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp instant espresso powder
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter, or any nut butter
  • 2/3 cup mini pretzels, roughly crushed
  • ½ cup dark or milk chocolate chips


Line an 8×8” baking pan with parchment paper, or grease thoroughly. Preheat the oven to 350F.

Combine everything except the pretzels and chocolate chips in a medium bowl.

Mix using a pastry cutter or your hands (yes, your hands work just fine). You are looking to combine the ingredients into a crumbly mixture, with butter and nut butters generally incorporated but not yet clumped together like a dough.

Pour about ¾ of the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Spread the pretzels and chocolate chips over the top of the batter, then spread the rest of the batter over the top.

If desired, top the bars with more pretzels and chocolate chips, and/or drizzle with honey if you feel crazy.

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the bars are slightly puffy and golden brown.

Let cool, slice, and enjoy! You can wrap them up for storage as well; they keep for about one week at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

Approximate per serving: Calories 287 Fat 15 grams Saturated Fat 7 grams Cholesterol 36 mg Sodium 387 mg Carbohydrates 35 gramsFiber 2 grams   Sugars 16 grams Protein 5 grams

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