No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars
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No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

I was looking through some of the photos of dishes that I’ve uploaded but have yet to post to Big Flavors, and I realized that I forgot to post this tasty no bake dessert!

Since Christmas is 2 days away (already!), I figured this would be a great last minute option to share for your holiday table.

No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

These bars are simple to put together, and after chilling out in the refrigerator for a few hours, they’re ready to devour. They’re rich and decadent, so a little goes a long way.

They were a big hit with our friends the night that I made them along with Cauliflower “Caviar” with Frizzled Prosciutto, a batch of my Grandpa Henderson’s Beef Stew and some No-Knead Crusty White Bread.

No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

Original recipe makes 1 – 9×9 inch pan
Prep: 30 mins
Ready in 3 hrs 30 mins

1 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter

Grease a 9×9 inch square pan.

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla. Mix in the oats. Cook over low heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended. Press half of mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Reserve the other half for topping.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, and spread evenly with a knife or the back of a spoon.

Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently. Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars.

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


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