Creating a delicious and perfect-from-the-oven Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bar has never been easier!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
Sometimes life just calls for ooey-gooey-falls-apart-in-your-mouth chocolate bars. I may be in the minority, but I tend to prefer a slightly under-done bar… one that is best eaten with a spoon. One that is amazing on its own but even better when friends and family can join together around the baking pan with a fork in hand. Have you ever done that? Just let the kids dig in with a fork? It is a bonified memory-maker… one of those things that the kids never forget and will definitely ask for again!
To achieve this ooey-gooey bar, bake for a few minutes less than the recipe suggests. Top with some vanilla ice cream and you have created a magical bar that everyone will love!
Rolled Oats vs. Quick Oats
I used Old-Fashioned oats in my recipe but you can certainly use Quick Oats. We love oatmeal so love the consistency, texture, and flavor that an old-fashioned rolled oat adds. Most people use quick oats and never notice the difference, though!
PRO TIP: Make sure your pan is prepared really well. I like to use baking spray for this specific recipe, but you can also use GOOP, or homemade pan release. If you are using GOOP, make sure to coat the sides of the pan as well.
Homemade Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
This recipe comes together really quickly and is a super fun treat for after school, bake sale, or special event. I like to use good quality ingredients when I can, but I also like to clean out my pantry! 😂 I have made these with different chocolate morsels, quick oats, whole wheat flour, even all granulated sugar instead of brown sugar. They are a hit EVERY time no matter how we modify the recipe!
This is one of those classic recipes that you can modify to fit your tastes. Add raisins or walnuts or white chocolate… even caramel or toffee!Make up a batch now, let the family dig in, then send the leftovers to school with the kids. I promise this will be one of the best things you will do today!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13-inch baking pan with baking spray, parchment, or the butter/flour method.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (can also use hand-held mixer) beat the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until well mixed, about 3 minutes.
- Add in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- With mixer on low, add in the vanilla extract.
- Remove bowl from stand mixer and add in salt, baking soda, baking powder, flour, rolled oats, plus semi-sweet chocolate chips.
- Stir by hand to moisten all ingredients.
- Spread 1/2 mixture into the prepared baking pan. Pour milk chocolate chips on top of mixture. Carefully press remaining cookie mixture on top of chocolate.
- Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 24 to 30 minutes.
- Let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before cutting into bars.
Last time I made these bars they went for $5 each at the bake sale and SOLD OUT!
UPDATE: I made these for another charity event and packaged them the exact same way I did in this post for Fancy Christmas Cakes. (Except that I used white ribbon) They sold out FIRST!! One trick when packaging is to use very chilled bars. I simply cut the bars while they are still in the pan and then chilled them in the pan for about 2 hours in the refrigerator.
Another thing you can do is display them on a cake stand. Get them up higher than all the rest of the treats! Here are my tips for how to find and buy the PERFECT Cake Stand as well as where I store my cake stands! These tips work like a charm and who doesn’t love raising money for charity?
Want to see how I organize my pantry to accommodate all these staples? Here is my Kitchen Pantry Before & After.