For someone who doesn’t like oatmeal I managed to acquire quite a bit. In what seemed like a one month period I won a giveaway, got some on a super sale at my local wholesale grocery store AND my neighbor dropped off a cafeteria size bag. Literally. She works in the school district and when they have food that they’re going to throw away they let the employees take it home. She knew that she wouldn’t be able to use all of it so she dropped it at my house. While I should have refused I couldn’t do that and figured I’d just make a bunch of oatmeal inspired goodies. I used up most of the bag by putting it in my morning smoothies but I still had a lot left over. What was next? Oatmeal chocolate chip bars.
Friday nights in our household is movie night. The kids look forward to it all week-long and so do I. We get to break the routine of bedtime, pick movies and cuddle. We almost always have a fun snack too which I think is the kid’s favorite part. Usually it’s popcorn that I let the kids put sprinkles on but this time I decided to switch things up. This time I wanted to bake with them. Something I haven’t done in a long time but really wanted to do. The kids were thrilled and totally okay with swapping out popcorn for yummy oatmeal chocolate chip bars.
They take about 10 minutes to prep (especially when you’ve got the kids helping) and about 20-25 minutes in the oven. When you pull them out it’s going to be very tempting to not let them cool and cut into them right then and there. I’m not going to tell you what to do with your life but you should let that temptation take ahold of you and eat one of these bars warm and gooey straight out of the oven. You won’t regret it.
They’re super chocolatey and really know how to hit the spot. And the kids? They loved them so much they didn’t even ask to have popcorn. Instead they took their oatmeal chocolate bar, devoured it and settled in to watch a movie.
I’m pretty sure this will be our new Friday tradition making something together, enjoying it together and watching a movie on Netflix.
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium sized bowl combine 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsps cinnamon.
- Add 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats to the dry mixture.
- Mix in 1 1/2 cups brown sugar.
- In a small bowl melt 1 cup coconut oil.
- Whisk together the coconut oil, two eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla.
- Add the wet mixture to dry mixture. Once everything is combined fold in 2 1/2 cups chocolate chips.
- Butter a 9x11 glass baking pan. Press the oatmeal bar into the pan.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown or until a knife inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
- Let cool completely before serving to make sure it doesn't break apart.