Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

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How stocked is your pantry? Do you have the ability to make a dinner or dessert mainly or entirely from the ingredients you have hanging around in there? I do. I'm starting to think I'm an ingredient hoarder because I've seemed to amass a collection of chocolate chips, chocolate baking bars and various varieties of sugars in my pantry.

I saw this recipe and was immediately intrigued because of the oatmeal. Chocolate and oatmeal aren't commonly mixed together and I knew I had copious amounts of both in the pantry. It just so turned out that I had every ingredient for this recipe in the pantry. Well, except for the eggs just because they reside in the fridge.


Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
Source: Half-Baked Harvest
Servings: 18 bars
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Ingredients:
    • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
    • 8 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flours, sugar, baking soda and salt. Then stir in the coconut oil, eggs and vanilla until the mixture has formed a soft, oily dough. Stir in half of the chopped chocolate.
3. Turn out the dough into the prepared pan, pressing down with the back of a wooden spoon to spread dough evenly to the edges. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped chocolate.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes then allow to cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

When I was at the store last, I noticed that next to the different varieties of baking chips, they were carrying pre-chopped dark chocolate. Chopping up a chocolate bar is one of my least favorite activities since it requires such force to chop through a baking bar. I'd highly suggest purchasing this pre-chopped dark chocolate chunks and just using those in the recipe.



So, would you believe me if  I told you this recipe was relatively healthy? It is. Dark chocolate is better for you than milk chocolate. Old-fashioned oats are always a good thing. Coconut oil in place of other oils or butter is definitely better for you. But you absolutely can not taste the healthiness in this recipe at all. Which was enough justification to myself to have them for breakfast that week. Plus with the oatmeal, they're really filling! 

1 comment:

  1. I love bar cookies--such a time saver! These look fantastic!

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