Let me introduce the easiest Chocolate Oatmeal Bars. Layers of oats, chocolate, dulce de leche and walnuts make up these irresistible bars!
- 2 cups (270g) all-purpose flour
- 2 cups (180g) traditional oats
- 1 cup (200g) packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (225g) unsalted butter, melted
- 10 oz. (280g) semi-sweet chocolate, chips or chunks
- 1 1/4 cups (150g) walnuts, chopped
- 1 1/4 cups (300g) dulce de leche or thick caramel sauce
- Preheat oven at 350ºF / 180ºC.
- Spray or butter a 12x8-inch (20x30cm) pan and line bottom and two wider sides with a strip of wax or parchment paper.
- In a large bowl mix flour, oats, sugar, baking soda and salt.
- Add melted butter and mix with a spatula or wooden spoon until it’s all wet, no dry parts remaining.
- Reserve 1 1/2 cups of this mixture, and press the remaining onto the bottom of the prepared pan.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, until it starts to dry and color a bit.
- Take it out of the oven and immediately scatter the chocolate chunks over the hot base.
- Spread with a spoon or spatula and sprinkle chopped walnuts evenly on top.
- Add the dulce de leche or caramel by spoonfuls on top of the walnuts. It will not cover the whole surface. That’s OK.
- Scatter the reserved 1 1/2 cups of oatmeal mixture and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, until it bubbles and starts to color.
- When you take it out of the oven, run a smooth knife along the sides to separate any dulce de leche that might have stuck and make it hard to unmold later.
- Let cool completely on a wire rack.
- Lift the paper to take out the whole block from the pan and cut into squares or rectangles.
Use pecans if you prefer.
Keywords: oat bars, oatmeal bars, chocolate oatmeal