Monday, January 30, 2017

Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

Hello again! It has been a long time.  We are still here.  Barely. January can be summed up with one statement.  Fighting illnesses, viruses and colds.  Despite hunkering down inside we have all been battling nastiness. 

It was not fun. Hopefully we are all on the mend now and stay that way till Spring.  I actually made these bars way back in December but never got around to posting about them.  (I considered getting laundry down a win last month.)

These bars are so good. They make a ton and are super filling. The fact that there is so much oatmeal in them makes me think they are healthy too.  :)  You get a hint of cinnamon and the sweetness of the chocolate.  Because even a small pan makes so many it is a great option for potlucks and any group gathering. Super Bowl party?

Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert biscoff chocolate oatmeal bar
Ingredients (16 bars)
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk (from 14-ounce can)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons butter, softened
Heat chocolate chips and milk in 1-quart heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth; set aside.

Heat oven to 350°. Spray square pan, 8x8, with cooking spray.

Mix flour, 1/2 cup oats, the cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl; set aside.

Stir brown sugar, oil, vanilla and egg product in medium bowl with fork until smooth; stir into flour mixture until blended. Reserve 1/2 cup dough in small bowl for topping.

Pat remaining dough in pan. Spread chocolate mixture over dough. Add 2 tablespoons oats and the butter to reserved dough; mix with pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Drop small spoonfuls of oat mixture evenly over chocolate mixture.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until top is golden and firm. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.
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