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No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars

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These no bake chocolate oatmeal cookie bars taste just like your favorite oatmeal cookies.
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  1. No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars Ingredients
  2. How To Make This No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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These no bake chocolate oatmeal cookie bars are easy and delicious dessert bars. The chocolate and oat combination is heavenly and with just 5 steps, they are a quick and easy snack that gets gobbled up almost as fast as you can make them.

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No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

NUTS: While the recipe calls for chopped pecans, you can substitute this for many different kinds of nuts. If you prefer, you could use chopped almonds, walnuts, cashews, or macadamia nuts instead.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: As with the nuts, you can substitute the semisweet chocolate chips. You could use milk chocolate chips, white chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter chips instead.

GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS: You can make your own graham cracker crumbs by placing them in a Ziploc bag and using a rolling pin to crush them. You can also opt to buy store-bought graham cracker crumbs if you prefer.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

This is a fantastic recipe to make and freeze. Make a double batch of this great treat and keep the extras for later.

STEP ONE: Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

STEP TWO: Add milk, sugar, and butter to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, constantly stirring. Allow to boil for one minute and then remove the mixture from the heat.

milk, sugar, and butter combined in a pot

STEP THREE: Add the chocolate chips to the mixture and stir well.

chocolate chips added to the pan of milk, sugar, and butter

STEP FOUR: Add in the pecans, oats, graham cracker crumbs, and vanilla. Stir all of these ingredients together well.

pecan, oats, graham cracker crumbs, and vanilla added to the pot

STEP FIVE: Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread in an even layer. Allow to completely cool, about 1 to 2 hours. Then, slice into cookie bars and serve!

PRO TIP:

Make sure you don’t skip the cooling time for the bars. They need time to set and it will make them much easier to cut after they cool.

chocolate oatmeal mixture poured into a baking dish then chilled

How To Serve

These delicious bars are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and fill you up when you need a snack. They resemble a granola bar and will give you a great boost of energy on the go.

We think our chocolate chip cookie bars and chocolate peanut butter bars are also the perfect treat! Make sure to add them to the ‘must-make’ list.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: After these delicious chocolate cookie bars have completely cooled, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

IN THE FREEZER: For longer storage, place the no-bake chocolate oatmeal bars in a container in the freezer. They can last for up to 1 month this way.

close up shot of Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars in a baking dish with a piece missing

Can you believe that just five simple steps and a handful of simple ingredients are all it takes to make these tasty dessert bars? They are so easy to make and so delicious with the perfect combination of crunchy and soft.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I add other ingredients to this recipe?

This great recipe is perfect for customizing with your favorite mix-ins. Try chia seeds, flax seeds, or coconut.

Can I freeze these cookie bars?

This no bake dessert recipe will freeze well stored in an airtight container for up to one month.

Could I turn this recipe into cookies rather than bars?

We have not tried making them this way but I can’t see why you couldn’t scoop them onto a baking sheet flattened into cookies and chilled instead.

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These no bake chocolate oatmeal cookie bars taste just like your favorite oatmeal cookies.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 15 bars

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs

Instructions
 

  • Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Add milk, sugar, and butter to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Allow to boil for one minute and then remove mixture from the heat.
  • Add the chocolate chips and stir well.
  • Add pecans, oats, graham cracker crumbs, and vanilla. Stir well.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Allow to completely cool, about 1 to 2 hours. Slice into cookie bars and serve.

Notes

  • This is a fantastic recipe to make and freeze. Make a double batch of this great treat and keep the extras for later.
  • Make sure you don’t skip the cooling time for the bars. They need time to set and it will make them much easier to cut after they cool.

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg
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