If you like Seven Layer Bars, Hello Dollies and Magic Cookie Bars but find them a little too sweet, here’s an alternative. Adapted from an Eagle Brand recipe called Chocolate ‘N Oat Bars, Oatmeal Seven Layer Bars are a fun twist.
Oatmeal Seven Layer Bars
Traditional Seven Layer Bars have a crust made with 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs and a half cup of melted butter, whereas the crust on these bars is made with flour and oats. To make it, you pulse flour, oats and butter together in a food processor as you would for pie dough. You then layer most of the oat mixture on the bottom and save the remaining for a crumb topping.
The only drawback here is that Oatmeal Seven Layer Bars are less convenient. One of these days I’m going to try making them by just pouring melted butter into the flour and oat mixture. That would be way simpler.
Oatmeal Seven Layer Bars
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (135 grams)
- 1 cup oats, quick or old fashioned (80 grams)
- 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar (150 grams)
- 3/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, cold and cut into chunks (114 grams)
- 1 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup toasted and chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1 cup extra dark chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup butterscotch chips
- 1/3 cup flaked sweetened coconut optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick foil or line with regular foil and spray with baking spray.
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, oats, brown sugar and salt. Pulse to mix. Add butter and pulse until mixture is dry and sandy. Reserve 2/3 cup oat mixture and press remainder on bottom of the pan. Bake 10 minutes.
- Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crust. Mix together the nuts, chips and coconut and sprinkle in an even layer across the condensed milk. Sprinkle the reserved oat mixture over the chips and press down slightly.
- Bake on center rack for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and sprinkle a few more chocolate and butterscotch chips on top. Let cool completely, and then cut into bars.
Glad to hear the whole wheat flour tasted good. And yes, you can definitely freeze them. I usually wrap them in cling wrap, then put them in a freezer bag (make sure to remove any extra air) and freeze for up to 3 months.
Can you freeze these? If so how long?
Btw great recipe, I subbed whole wheat flour and they were still super!
Love oats, Love CHOCOLATE, love sweets.. I love how you tweaked the recipe, they sound delicious. I never thought to use a food processor probably makes smoothing things a lot easier.
Oh, my! These are right up my alley!
Perfect for a crowd! I would go for the food processor as well.
I would prefer the food processor, too! Looks good.