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August 18, 2015

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bars

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bars

It is that time of the year where my son is almost done with his studies for the year. Only one more test and he can relax, meaning relax from his studies as he is also working full-time.

Every year around this time, he also ups his time spent in the gym and is always ravenous when he gets home - he goes to the gym straight after work and gets home a while before we have dinner. I like to keep these old-fashioned Oatmeal bars on hand for him, to grab whenever he feels the hunger pains can't wait any longer.

He would usually pack a couple of bars together with his lunch as well in the mornings.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bars

I, on the other hand, am a huge snacker and these gooey Oatmeal bars are just perfect for me to snack on, a little better than last nights leftover dessert, right ?

And it is Oatmeal after all, which is breakfast ...

You can leave out the Chocolate Chips and replace them with Raisins or dried Cranberries, which is also delicious in these snacks. I have to be honest, I would rather have either the Choc Chips or the Cranberries as neither myself or {especially!} my son are big fans of Raisins. Okay in some dessert and even savory dishes, but not in this kind of treat.

I bake the bars slightly longer than necessary as I like the extra bit of crunchiness it adds to the edges and I'm not talking 10 - 15 minutes here, only about 5 minutes at most. It is ready when the color is golden and if you press slightly down it should feel a little springy. On baking the dough will rise to about twice the size, but will settle back to the original thickness on cooling.

You might also want to slice the baked piece into bars when you remove it from the oven dish, but do not try to move the pieces apart as it will only break. This needs to cool down completely before you can safely handle them by hand.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bars

18 Servings     {depending on your cut}


1 cup Butter
1 TB Maple Syrup
1 t Baking Soda
1/2 t Allspice
2 cups Oatmeal   {Quick Cooking or Instant - I use Jungle Oats Instant}
1 cup Flour
1 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Chocolate Chips


1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - line a 20 x 30cm oven dish with baking paper {let the edges hang over the dish for easier removal}
2.) Melt together the Butter and Maple Syrup in a large mixing bowl {microwavable} - stir in the Baking Soda and Allspice.
3.) Add the Oatmeal, Flour and Sugar - stir until well combined - add in the Chocolate Chips.
4.) Press tightly into the prepared oven dish and bake 18 - 20 minutes - remove from the oven and let cool in the dish for 10 minutes - remove by firmly holding the sides of the overhanging paper and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
5.) Slice into rectangles or squares.

Keep in a sealed container.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bars

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  1. Gym food, my goodness just what I need, Samuel does the same eats us out of house and home. Good luck to D on his test!

  2. This looks so easy and it would be a great thing to keep on hand for my kiddos too! I like that it's a lot better than some of the other choices (like last night's dessert :D)

  3. These remind me of the Oatmeal bars Mom used to make except she didn't add the chocolate chips. I just have to try these! (with the chocolate chips of course:)

  4. Love this wonderful recipe...just what size is a 20 X 30 cm? 9" X 13"? Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

    1. Thank you ! The 20 x 30cm is slightly smaller than a 9" x 13", not enough to make any difference to the baking :-)

  5. I made these with half of the sugar, and they are still delicious!


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