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Chocolate Oat Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.

Makes

2 dozen

These chocolate oat bars are one of my favorite go-to snacks. I love that I usually have all the items on hand and can whip them up quickly. —John Kleckner, Muscoda, Wisconsin
Chocolate Oat Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Set aside.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan over low heat, combine the condensed milk, chocolate chips and remaining butter and salt. Cook and stir until smooth. Add the nuts and remaining vanilla. Press 4 cups oat mixture into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan; spread with chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 391 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 210mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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