Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Breastfeeding has my sweet cravings still out of control. I've always had a sweet tooth, but between my need for chocolate 24/7 and my desire for a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, it's a miracle I'm not gaining weight. I know -- breastfeeding means I should be eating healthy but some days, you just have to make oatmeal chocolate chip bars and claim that the oatmeal is a necessity to help keep your milk supply up.  Kidding -- I know both of those are ridiculous, but hey -- a girl can try to rationalize sweets, right?
 
I actually wanted to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies but with a toddler and a baby, that just seemed like a risky move -- so I opted for bars instead.  Pinterest is full of ideas and so it was hard settling on just one.  I came across this one and thought it was a winner.
 
I gathered all of my ingredients but then realized I didn't have enough brown sugar. Between the advice of a good friend and my mom, I decided to just make my own with a cup of regular sugar and a tablespoon of molasses. It took about 5 minutes but it was so easy! 
 

 


The recipe I found is very easy and didn't take long to make at all.  
 
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars -- original recipe can be found here
(Adapted from Tastes Better From Scratch

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I actually only had one teaspoon and it turned out fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups chocolate chips 
Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 in. pan with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl cream together well the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the vanilla.





3. Gently stir in the salt, baking soda, baking powder, flour, rolled oats, and 1 cup chocolate chips, just until combined.



4. Spread 1/2 of the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining cup of milk chocolate chips on top. Carefully press remaining cookie mixture on top of chocolate. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely before cutting. (I baked for 35 minutes because I like a bit of a crunch).

It was hard waiting until the bars cooled, but my friends -- it's worth the wait!




After making this recipe, I would skip the last step of layering the second cup of chocolate chips and just combine all the chocolate chips into the batter. It was really difficult spreading the dough on top of the layer of chocolate chips. Apparently there's a special utensil out there to help with this according to my mom, but this mama doesn't own that tool.

I took one bite of the oatmeal chocolate chip bar and immediately cut some up for my husband to take to work. I can't have these in the house -- at least not an entire pan of them. I also brought some over to a friend's house so her family could enjoy them. 

Go out and make these bars -- they are good down to the last crumb!



 

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