The other night I had to bring dessert and I had no time for cookies. I was in the mood for something I wouldn’t feel too terribly about eating and oatmeal always makes me feel better about the 3 or 4 cookies or bars I know I will inevitably eat while baking. These bars are quick and delicious – a few people who tried them thought they had coconut in them – they do not – it must be the texture of the oats. These of course made a good breakfast as well (good meaning tasty not necessarily the healthiest breakfast of the year) and my kids loved them as a snack or dessert.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
1 cup flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
12 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
2 cups quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line an 8 inch metal pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and beat in the egg and milk. By hand or with lowest speed of mixer, stir in the flour mixture. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
Spread batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 28-32 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Lift from pan and slice into bars.
Makes about 16