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Fudgy Oatmeal Bars

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 1 hr, 27 mins
Yield Serves 28 (serving size: 1 bar)
Fudgy Oatmeal Bars are incredibly rich tasting. The oatmeal crust and topping of the bar cookies are a perfect complement to the gooey chocolately goodness

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Baking spray with flour
  • Filling:
  • 3.4 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso granules
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Nutrition Information

  • calories 172
  • fat 7.8 g
  • satfat 2.8 g
  • monofat 3.1 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 2.5 g
  • carbohydrate 25.3 g
  • fiber 1.6 g
  • cholesterol 19 mg
  • iron 1.7 mg
  • sodium 70 mg
  • calcium 25 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare crust, weigh or lightly spoon 5 ounces flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients (through baking soda) in a medium bowl. Add 1/4 cup canola oil and 2 tablespoons butter; toss with a fork until crumbly. Remove 3/4 cup of oat mixture; set aside. Press remaining oat mixture into the bottom of an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with baking spray. Bake at 350° for 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly.

  3. To prepare filling, weigh or lightly spoon 4 ounces flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl. Combine milk and espresso granules in a bowl, stirring with a whisk until espresso dissolves. Add 3 tablespoons canola oil, 3 tablespoons butter, vanilla, and eggs to milk mixture, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring to combine. Fold in chocolate.

  4. Spread batter over prepared crust in pan. Sprinkle with reserved 3/4 cup oat mixture. Bake at 350° for 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool in pan on a rack. Cut into 28 bars.