Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Oat Cookie Bars

by Jess on July 7, 2014

in Dessert, Recipes

Chocolate Raspberry Oat Bars First, a moment to celebrate the fact that the little ladies slept from 7pm to 3am last night.  I fed them, declared them the best babies that ever lived, and put them back to bed.  The good night’s sleep resulted in lots of smiles when they woke up again at 6.  I ate half of one of these Oat Cookie Bars and daydreamed about getting more sleep.

Of course, who needs sleep when there are these little faces to look at?  (And because the grandmas will ask….Clara is the top pic and Molly is the bottom).

Clara and Molly July 7

Small victories around here.  A few hours of sleep.  A home-cooked dinner (well…from the freezer).  An hour to bake and blog.

After several years in the land of eternal summer, I still get nostalgic for American summers with cook-outs and sunroofs, flip-flops and sprinklers.  Over the weekend, I missed home.  I wished we could take the girls out for their first Fourth of July celebration with family.  Although, let’s be honest, the girls aren’t exactly in the market for barbecue or fireworks.  The stuffed animals that dangle over their playmat are more than enough stimulation at the moment.

Chocolate Raspberry Oat Bars

Had we attended a Fourth of July event this weekend, these bars would have been my contribution.  Summer berries and extra dark chocolate give them a hint of that bitter/sour thing to balance the sweetness.

The recipe is part of this month’s Secret Recipe Club and is adapted from one shared by Lisa over at Sweet as Sugar Cookies.  I loved everything about it.  Although the bars were originally meant as a holiday dessert, their simplicity and endless possibilities for variety (I substituted summer-friendly fruit and chocolate where the original used M&Ms) would make it perfect for any time of year.

Chocolate Raspberry Oat Bars

The best part about this recipe is that creamy dark chocolate layer between the chewy crust and the crumbly topping.  Thank you for the great recipe, Lisa!!

Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Oat Cookie Bars
 
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Chewy oat bars with a layer of creamy dark chocolate and topped with a raspberry and chocolate crumble.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 200g (8 oz.) dark chocolate, roughly chopped and divided into two portions
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter or spray a 13x9 pan and line with parchment paper, so that paper extends over the long side of the pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir until evenly combined. Add melted butter and stir with a wooden spoon (or use your hands if the butter is cool enough) until the mixture is crumbly. Set aside 2 cups of oat mixture. Press remaining oat mixture into prepared pan. Bake crust for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  3. Put half (100g) of the dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 15 second intervals until just melted. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk until well combined. Pour the chocolate-condensed milk mixture over the cooked crust.
  4. Add the remaining dark chocolate (100g) and raspberries to the uncooked oat mixture. Sprinkle over the top of the bars. Bake until golden brown, 28-30 minutes. Cool completely and refrigerate before cutting into squares.
Notes
The chocolate layer in these bars turns extra creamy at room temperature, so it's a good idea to refrigerate these before cutting them into bars.
Recipe generously adapted from Sweet as Sugar Cookies.

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1 Sawsan@ Chef in disguise July 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm

It is all about small victories with kids :)
I remember daydreaming about more sleep :) Hang in there. It will get better soon

I love everything about these cookie bars! If I had chocolate I would make them immediately! Pinned to try soon, thank you for the inspiration Jess
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2 Katie (The Muffin Myth) July 7, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Ooooh, these look good! I’m headed back to Canada in a couple of weeks for some family time and my sister’s wedding. I’ve got these bookmarked for the girl’s night before the wedding – they look pretty much perfect!
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3 Neuf July 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm

These look awesome! Champion sleepers! It only gets better from here!

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4 Sarah July 7, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Those are beautiful. And look delicious. I’m not sure we need a holiday BBQ to give those a try!
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5 Katrina July 7, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Those look delicious! Raspberry and chocolate is one of my favorite combos! I feel like I could and should and need to make these gluten free.
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6 Francesca July 8, 2014 at 1:52 am

These look great Jess. And the Oat bars, too :)

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7 Anna July 8, 2014 at 2:42 am

These look absolutely amazing! I am definitely going to have to try them soon.
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8 Sara July 8, 2014 at 3:22 am

YUM! These look amazing! Such a great SRC pick.
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9 Debra July 8, 2014 at 3:49 am

Wow, simply divine looking. I am also imagining these with cherries, blueberries, or blackberries. Peaches and white chocolate?
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10 Ashley July 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Gosh they are so so adorable!!! I love seeing all these pictures of them :)

And these bars look amazing – chocolate, raspberry, crumble topping??? I’ll take a few please!
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11 Leigh July 9, 2014 at 9:51 am

What gorgeous little girls you have and what a wonderful pick for this month’s recipe! :)
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12 krisitne July 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Oh boy these look amazing~ I need to try them!

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13 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings July 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm

These bars look delicious and your little ones adorable!

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14 sarah k @ the pajama chef July 10, 2014 at 2:09 am

awww, your little girls are too cute! these cookie bars sound great- can’t go wrong with berries & chocolate!
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15 Jamie July 12, 2014 at 10:21 pm

These look so good! I love berries that are in dessert bars!
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16 Thalia @ butter and brioche July 23, 2014 at 4:37 am

these look seriously SO good.. definitely going to go and bake my own batch right now. love it!
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17 Karista July 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Awww… I love seeing pictures of your darling little girls. Fabulous oat bars too! but I must say, your darlings steal the show. :)
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18 Tracy | PeanutButter and Onion July 31, 2014 at 1:47 am

Yay for sleep and smiles! Gonna get on these bars, after I tweek the wheat out.
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