Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

chocolate oatmeal bars

When I made these chocolate oatmeal bars last week my husband couldn’t stop eating them. He said, “You can’t make these anymore.” Knowing he didn’t really want me to stop making them I simply said, “Okay.”  Then he answered, “Well…you can make them, just put some of them away.”

This recipe is adapted from Fudgy Oatmeal Bars by Betty Crocker. I changed the name from fudgy to chocolate because of a change I made in the recipe. The original one called for a can of sweetened condensed milk to be mixed in with the chocolate. I thought that would be way too much sugar so I left it out and added a little milk instead.

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
First and Third Layer:
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened (I used ½ butter, ½ coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2½ cups gluten-free flour mix (I used Bette Hagman’s basic mix)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 3 cups gluten-free quick oats
Second Layer:
  • 1½ Tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. With a mixer, beat the sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum. Add it to the mixing bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Remove beaters and stir in the oats. Reserve about ⅓ of this mixture.
  5. Pat the rest of the mixture onto the bottom of a greased jelly roll pan (15½ x 10½ x 1 inch). I used a plastic bag over my hand, sprayed with cooking spray to pat the mixture down.
  6. In a saucepan, melt the 1½ Tablespoons butter and chocolate chips.
  7. Stir in the milk, vanilla, salt and nuts.
  8. Spread over the bottom layer in the pan. Move quickly because the chocolate gets stiff as it cools.
  9. Drop the remaining oat mixture by spoonfuls over the chocolate layer.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cut while still warm.
If you don't have quick oats, you can use old fashioned, but first process them briefly in a food processor or blender.

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  1. Liz says

    Whoa. These look and sound great. Good call on taking out the condensed milk — I bet they’re even better this way!

  2. Gorgonzola says

    Just made these and they smell delicious. My only problem with them was that they took quite awhile to make, but that’s probably partly my fault. I didn’t use a blender or food processor but instead mixed everything by hand. For the oats, I used half real oats and half oat flour, and that seems to have solved the problem too. Make sure you use a tall enough pan, because mine rises a LOT. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Gorgonzola says

      Just tasted them. They’re delicious, but I’d definitely increase the ratio of chocolate.

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