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Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

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After playing around with the season’s fruit and the last recipe with pumpkins, I’m really looking forward to a chocolate break. The only thing is: which chocolate recipe to choose? My chocolate Pinterest board is already full of beautiful recipes which are waiting to be used. But, more and more, I was possessed by one dessert – Chocolate Oatmeal Bars.

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

I really like their divine look which give a beautiful contrast of chocolate filling between two oatmeal layers. Pure decadence. Only one look at the photo of this beautiful bars on Spicy Sourthern Kitchen and Averie Cooks blogs made the last dilemma disappear. The next thing on my menu were Chocolate Oatmeal Bars.

What was making things even better was that the recipe is very simple to prepare. Only a few simple and common ingredients like oats, flour, sugar and butter were enough for both oatmeal layers, while for the beautiful chocolate layer, I needed chocolate, sugar, butter and eggs. The only thing I left out this time is coffee, which for me, makes the chocolate too bitter in some cases.

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

And so, after only a solid 40 minutes of baking in the oven, you will have a really fantastic dessert waiting on the table! The only bad thing was that, by the look of things, I went a little too far with the layer of chocolate. It looked to thick to me, but the greedy bites of my degustators (husband, grandpa, grandma) very quickly made me think that it was simply a little mistake. My Chocolate Oatmeal Bars were not even close to making the next day, which is a good indicator that this is a good choice for dessert in any occasion. Just try it !!!

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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For Crust and Topping:

11/3 cups oatmeal

1 cup all-purpose flour

11/3 cups light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

101/2 tablespoons unsalted butter- melted

For Filling:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

4 tablespoons butter

3 large eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a 8x8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray the foil with cooking spray ( overhangs the edges of the foil to lift the bars easier from the pan) .
  2. Combine flour, oats, 11/3 cups light brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl, add 101/2 tablespoons melted butter and stir to combine.
  3. Press half of mixture firmly into the pan and bake about 8 minutes, cool it.
  4. To make the filling, melt the butter and chocolate chips together and stir until it’s smooth.
  5. Whisk together flour, sugar and salt in a bowl.
  6. Whisk eggs into cooled chocolate mixture, then stir in flour mixture.
  7. Pour chocolate filling over cooled crust and top with remaining oatmeal mixture.
  8. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.
  9. Cool completely before serving
Recipe Type: Dessert


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  1. I love these bars, but they are ridiculously difficult to cut. I end up with oatmeal all over everything! What can I do differently?

    1. Hi Joyce, I’m sorry that you had a problem, I don’t know what went wrong with your bars.Topping is a little crumbly but I did not have a problem with cutting.

      1. hi joyce, with the problem you had with the oatmeal all over, i think if you added a little more butter to the mixture they should hold together alot better for you….

    2. I wouldn’t add more but perhaps a little less oatmeal. Make sure to mix it it so there are little to no loose dry bits. 🙂

  2. These looked delicious when I saw them on Pinterest, but sadly, they have nearly 1 full cup of butter, 3 eggs, and over 2 cups of sugar. I know it’s a dessert, but WOW! They still look good, but with those ingredients, I’ll save myself the heart attack and find a healthier version.

    1. “Healthy Mama”, that was rude.
      Why even comment something like that??
      Don’t like it. Don’t make em’.

      Vera, I can’t WAIT to make these. Headed to the store to purchase a few ingredients right now.

    2. Healthy Momma. Dont take offence to that. I am glad you posted what you did. Some times some of us dont realize how bad things are for our health. And for those who like to endulge… have at it! She just stated the obvious and I am glad she did. These bars look AMAZING!!! TOO amazing for my belly 🙂 and if I understand this correctly this isnt a personal recipe so I am sure she is not offended 😉

  3. I made these yesterday and they were so good! I was still serving them up when I was getting yells of “This one’s a keeper!”. I had no problems cutting them, I did press the oat topping in gently, that may have helped. We even whipped some cream to put on top (and no heart attacks yet). It always blows me away when someone feels the need to leave a derogatory comment concerning the ingredients of a dessert. Especially on a dessert blog. One of the things I love about a rich, indulgent dessert, is that a little goes a long way *and* satisfies.

  4. After they finallllly cooled enough to eat…..they are SO deeeelish!!

    I forgot the 3rd egg (how the heck?), but they still tasted good!

    Great recipe, Vera. Definitely a “keeper”.

  5. I made these a few days ago and they are YUMMY! I was really curious how they would turn out because my grandmother gave me a recipe for a similar style bar but different enough to be a separate recipe. My grandmother’s recipe makes the chocolate into a simple fudge while your recipe’s chocolate filling reminds me more of a chess pie filling or custard.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. There is a healthier way to make these ot is called Stevia and reduced fat butter. Just saying. You want healthier options its out there you just need to know where to look.

  7. These look so good! But after trying to melt the chocolate 3 times now, it’s seized up every time and it’s frustrating. Advice? Could it be the brand of chocolate chips?

    1. I had the same problem. Even after cooking them for an additional 15 minutes they were still gooey in the middle. I think next time I’ll use a 9×13″ pan instead of an 8×8″.

  8. Vera, I’ve tried melting the chocolate twice (once in the microwave and once over a double boiler) and it has seized twice. I’m super frustrated and was hoping you’d have a solution. I use name brand chocolate so I don’t think it’s the type of chocolate. Thanks for any help you can provide!!!

    1. Hi Karina,I really don’t know why you had that problem,I would like to help you but I don’t undertand what hapened. When your chocolate seized, while you melting it with butter, or later when you combine it with other ingredients?

      1. Vera, the chocolate seized during the melting process with the butter. I tried it again and had the same problem. This dessert looks amazing but I just can’t seem to get it right. Maybe you could share your technique in regard to melting chocolate. Thanks!!

  9. Vera, the chocolate is seizing during the melting process. I tried it again and had the same problem. This dessert looks amazing! I wish I could make them. Maybe you could share your chocolate melting technique?

    1. I usually melt chocolate in a small sauce pan on the electric stove at the lowest temperature, because it’s much easier than to use a double boiler, but you have to be really careful or it will get burned on higher temperature. I really don’t know what hepens to your chocolate, maybe you could try to melt the chocolate first and then stir in softened butter, whisking until it’s completely smooth.

  10. Try melting butter in glass bowl first then add chips half bag at time storing after 25 second intervals…i actually use minis chips melting great….they bars are almost done baking now…but baking longer because it seemed squishy in middle some…they smell awesome

  11. I can’t wait to make these and I’m also going to try butterscotch chips and maybe dark chocolate chips as that’s what hubby likes, me I’ll take milk chocolate any day over dark chocolate any day…Thanks for awesome chocolate dessert for me to try…

  12. If your chocolate is seizing up add oil or more butter and constantly stir over low heat. But you need to move fast. When the chocolate gets to the right consistency get the eggs and flour mixture in quick. The chocolate seizes up because the heat is too high. My chocolate was seizing up and I added oil and now they are in the oven baking away!

  13. Hi! These look delicious and I’m so excited to make them. Just curious if the oats were quick cooking or old fashioned? And is it cooked oatmeal or just oats?

      1. Hi,
        From the recipe it was confusing to know if rolled oats or oatmeal (first oatmeal was listed as an ingredient, then oats as part of the preparation). I ended up getting traditional instant oatmeal. They bottom part was firm and crunchy after baked, but the top part was powdery and a bit messy. They are very good anyway, but you may want to clarify that from the ingredient list. 🙂 Great recipe!!

  14. I just found these and am so excited to try them! I know my daughter and her family will love them! I think I’ll make one batch as written and one with nuts in the crust and topping. My husband and I don’t have dessert but a few times a year and I think this may become a favorite! Thank you for this recipe!

    1. cocoa is a non sweetened, no fat added, powder of the cocoa bean. To make chocolate (like Chips) they add sweetener and a fat. You make chocolate chips with coconut oil, or lard or solid vegetable shortening, and sugar and cocoa powder. You could figure out the right proportions to make chocolate chips, or find a DIY on line and just not let it get hardened up. More work than a bag of chips.

  15. Hi.
    From the recipe I didn’t get if it was oatmeal or oats. I ended up using brand name natural instant oatmeal. I did not prepare oatmeal, only mixed the contents of the box with the flour , butter, and sugar as directed. The bars got a little messy when i tried to cut them. I’m still waiting for them to cool down to try them. I thin you mentioned oats in your comments? Anyway, Your recipe looks awesome! Thanks.

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