This is a super easy recipe using ingredients that are usually on hand. Try using walnuts or butterscotch chips as a variation.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Spread the almonds onto a baking sheet; toast until the nuts are golden brown and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove nuts from baking sheet, and reserve.

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan placed over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar; cook, stirring, until sugar has dissolved and mixture is bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and oatmeal. Press mixture into an 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned and set, about 20 minutes.

  • Remove from oven, and allow to cool slightly. Sprinkle chocolate chips over surface; let chocolate sit until melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Spread chocolate evenly over oatmeal squares. Sprinkle warm chocolate with toasted almonds. Cut into squares when cool.

Nutrition Facts

183 calories; protein 2.4g 5% DV; carbohydrates 20.6g 7% DV; fat 11g 17% DV; cholesterol 15.3mg 5% DV; sodium 69.7mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2009
Oh man! These were so delicious and simple too. I had a houseful of kids over and needed a simple and quick snack. This fit the bill and I also like that it uses all oatmeal and no flour. Considering how easy and fast it was I figured if it was tasty at all it would be a keeper. But when I bit into it--wow! It was delicious! It's now one of my favorite desserts. The kids liked it too. Very sweet and chewy. I almost wish I didn't find this recipe because I can see it contributing to the spread of my waistline! These are the minor changes I made. I doubled the recipe and added a pinch of salt and a little cinnamon. I omitted the almonds and put it in a well-greased 9"x13" pan and baked for about 25 minutes. To make this recipe a little healthier like for a breakfast bar I might leave the chocolate chips off next time throw in some raisins and perhaps substitute some honey for the brown sugar. I could probably reduce the sugar to about 3/4 cup and it would still be plenty sweet. (Edited to add: If you find the bars too crumbly boil the butter/sugar mixture for about a minute before adding the oatmeal.) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/11/2009
Not terrible but would I make this again? Ya but I think it would be better if some dried fruit or other nuts were added to it. Maybe try honey instead of brown sugar so it doesn't crumble so easily. Read More
(13)
37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2009
Oh man! These were so delicious and simple too. I had a houseful of kids over and needed a simple and quick snack. This fit the bill and I also like that it uses all oatmeal and no flour. Considering how easy and fast it was I figured if it was tasty at all it would be a keeper. But when I bit into it--wow! It was delicious! It's now one of my favorite desserts. The kids liked it too. Very sweet and chewy. I almost wish I didn't find this recipe because I can see it contributing to the spread of my waistline! These are the minor changes I made. I doubled the recipe and added a pinch of salt and a little cinnamon. I omitted the almonds and put it in a well-greased 9"x13" pan and baked for about 25 minutes. To make this recipe a little healthier like for a breakfast bar I might leave the chocolate chips off next time throw in some raisins and perhaps substitute some honey for the brown sugar. I could probably reduce the sugar to about 3/4 cup and it would still be plenty sweet. (Edited to add: If you find the bars too crumbly boil the butter/sugar mixture for about a minute before adding the oatmeal.) Read More
(44)
Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2009
Yum these are great! Yes a bit crumbly but delicious. I left out the almonds and subbed dried cranberries you could put in almost anything and they would be great. Read More
(13)
Rating: 3 stars
03/11/2009
Not terrible but would I make this again? Ya but I think it would be better if some dried fruit or other nuts were added to it. Maybe try honey instead of brown sugar so it doesn't crumble so easily. Read More
(13)
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2010
What a tasty simple recipe! I made it a bit healthier by substituting almond butter in place of regular butter and 1/4 cup cocoa mixed into to batter in place of the cocolate chips. I didn't need to boil the butter and sugar but just mixed them together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2012
These are so easy to make and easy to adapt to your own tastes. To make it healthier I used half of the butter and half applesauce less brown sugar and added honey and I used less choc chips and added raisins. I also threw in a little cocoa powder. They turned out delicious! Read More
(4)
Rating: 1 stars
05/13/2010
not good Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2009
very easy and good! I used agave syrup instead of sugar as it has a lower G.I. index. I may try adding shredded coconut next time and a dash of salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2009
Fast easy and delicious. They are a bit crumbly even if you boil the caramel mixture for a few minutes but it's ok. Just be sure to cut into very small squares since they're incredibly rich! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2010
These are delicious and very easy. I baked them in greased mini-muffin tins. They did get quite hard and crumbly once cooled but the crumbs made an awesome yogurt topping! Instead of 2c oatmeal I used 1 1/2c oatmeal 1/4c coconut and 1/4c finely-chopped pecans and left out the almonds. Read More
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