Friday, September 28, 2012

Super Packed Snack Bars

I don't know about you, but I am a snacker. I cannot make it through the day without a few snacks along the way. One of my go-to's are oatmeal snack bars. I like to trick myself into believing that since they are oatmeal, they must be good for you. Below is my version of a great snack bar, but feel free to switch and swap out whichever ingredients/flavors you crave to make these your own. Have fun with them. Share them. I am sure it will be no time before you are getting requests to make them again!

Recipe yields about 12 snack bars

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup quick oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
14 oz (1 can) sweetened condensed milk (creates a gooey caramel layer, yum!)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees and set a rack in the middle of the oven. Place your butter in a bowl and melt in the microwave until liquid. Coat the bottom and sides of the pan with all the butter.

On top of the butter, create a layer of oats.

Sprinkle a layer of flaked coconut on top of the oats.

Top the coconut with a layer of chocolate chips and then a layer of peanut butter chips.

Pour the condensend milk atop the layer of peanut butter chips.

Sprinkle the chopped walnuts across the top to create the final layer. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

When you remove from the oven, allow to completely cool (about 45-60 minutes). I threw mine in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to speed up the process. Once it is cool, you can cut your tray into bars.

Serve anywhere, anytime. Store any extra bars in an airtight container for up to one week. Enjoy!