Since I’ve been sick, I’ve been eating the right things. Now that I’m on the mend, I wanted something sweet. Something besides fruit. I wanted CHOCOLATE!! I can’t have much with this darned med I’m on, but at least a little nibble was all I was looking forward to. So, I started looking around the net today. I had looked in my bag of tricks, but didn’t feel like an involved recipe, so I looked for a quick and easy “flash” dessert.
I came across a dessert online at one of the many, many recipe sites I frequent: allrecipes.com No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars. Yummy and just what I wanted!! It was so easy, a pre-teen aged child could actually do this!! So, tell those kids to get into the kitchen and create a semi-healthy dessert….
Below, I’ve inserted the original recipe with my changes in parenthesis “( )” and my photos. Enjoy!
Re-Created Recipe: No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars
Yields: 8 to 10 wedges
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used chocolate frosting)
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons peanut butter
Grease a 9×9 inch square pan. (I used an 8×8 round cake pan)
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
Stir in brown sugar and vanilla.
Mix in the oats.
Cook over low heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended. Press half of mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Reserve the other half for topping.(I melted butter for 1 minute and 45 seconds in microwave and then mixed in the sugar and vanilla. Replaced the mixture into the microwave for 1 minute. Then mixed in oats and combined. Cooked for another 40 seconds in the microwave.)
Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, and spread evenly with a knife or the back of a spoon. (I melted the chocolate frosting and peanut butter together in microwave for 30 seconds. Mixed.)
Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently. Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars. (I covered with aluminum foil and placed in refrigerator for 2 hours. I cut these into wedges since using a round cake pan.)
My love of cooking has taken over. I was on the net one day and saw an ad for a recipe contest. I entered. Then, I entered another. Then another, and so on and when I won a contest... an entire year's worth of tomato products, I was hooked. Since then, I've entered many many different recipe contests. I have won a trip to New York, entries into cook-offs, a recipe published in a Kraft/Paula Deen cookbook and many food products and food related items. I enjoy cooking and entering recipe contests. I hope I spark an interest in others to create something they can be proud of.
I'm always getting more ideas from the internet. Wow, I remember not having the internet years ago. It's a God send and I'm trying to cover every inch of the food sites!! Join me in my quest to keep fresh ideas flowing and creating new and exciting dishes.