Microwave Oatmeal Bars
Total TimePrep: 20 min. + chilling
- 2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 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.
- 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.
- Refrigerate 15-20 minutes before cutting.
Editor's NoteThis recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts1 piece: 287 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 109mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.
May 8, 2020
Apparently all microwaves are not created equal! The largest square dish I have (8-inch, I think) won't turn on my microwave's turntable, so I used a 9.5-inch pie plate. I cooked mine longer than the two 1-and-a-half minute times, and it kept making wonky patterns in the oat layer, puffing up in certain areas. I still don't know if I got it done or not. I put the chips on the top and turned the power down and let it run for about 3 minutes, and when I came back, the top looked marbled; about half the chips had sunk under the oat layer. I wonder how they'd do in a regular oven... They look funny, but they taste pretty good. At least while they're warm, my son says they taste a little like no-bake cookies. We'll see how they are once they set up more.
Mar 19, 2017
Fabulous and easy! They need much longer than 15 min to set up in the fridge though.
Sep 13, 2015
Delicious and easy!
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 :)
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.