Microwave Oatmeal Bars Recipe
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Microwave Oatmeal Bars Recipe

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My mother shared this speedy recipe with me. There are not a lot of ingredients, so these chewy treats are easy to fix in the microwave. —Annette Self, Junction City, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 287 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 109mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine oats and brown sugar. Stir in butter and corn syrup. Press into a greased 9-in.-square microwave-safe dish.
  2. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-1/2 minutes. Rotate a half turn; microwave 1-1/2 minutes longer. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Microwave at 30% power for 4-1/2 minutes or until chips are glossy; spread chocolate evenly over top.
  3. Refrigerate 15-20 minutes before cutting. Yield: 10 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Microwave Oatmeal Bars in Quick Cooking November/December 1999, p7

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DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 263628
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2017

"Fabulous and easy! They need much longer than 15 min to set up in the fridge though."

wendykins User ID: 5990220 232827
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"Delicious and easy!"

kewellman User ID: 7182281 227450
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2015

"Super easy to make and quite delicious. I added cinnamon chips, nutmeg, and cloves to boost the flavor. They smelled and tasted like Christmas :)"

Galapagos User ID: 7170978 75154
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

"This recipe couldn't have been any easier to make. My microwave is a newer model so it only took 3 minutes to melt the chocolate chips. This is great for a last minute desert. I stuck mine in the freezer for a few minutes so we could try them out sooner. Will definitely make again! And I may try some Peanut butter in between the cooked oatmeal and chips nest time."

deana2431 User ID: 2655927 88907
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2013

"Only thing is, the recipe didn't say best way to store them, if you keep them in fridge, you have to let them come to room temp to slice easier"

deana2431 User ID: 2655927 36100
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2013

"This was so easy to make and everyone loved it!, half the dish was eaten rightup!, cooked it for a little less and also had added some peanut butter to the mix, tasted like a chewy pb chocolate granola bar!"

acooley1 User ID: 62623 88906
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2012

"These were easy and we both liked them quite a bit. I may add a little peanut butter next time to boost the flavor of the bars. For the amount of ingredients and the time it took, these were well worth making."

nkv16 User ID: 1003260 50625
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"Easy to make. Turn out perfectly every time for me. I make these often as an after school snack/ dessert for my family."

Michell408 User ID: 1234062 50624
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"This was similar to a chewy granola bar. It was easy and tasty. An alternate method would be to melt the chocolate in a seperate bowl and then drizzle on top for a pretty look. My chocolate chips sunk into the hot cookie batter and didn't spread well the first time I made it. Also, if you refrigerate this for too long (hours instead of minutes), the bars are extremely difficult to cut."

pizza lady User ID: 184850 25844
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"I really wanted to like this recipe, but the first time I made it it was WAY overdone. The second time I made it I decreased the cooking time which helped but it had sort of a raw oatmeal flavor. For me this recipe was a waste of chocolate chips."

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