Oatmeal Bars with Chocolate and Marshmallows {Whole Wheat, Butter Free + Super Simple}

These Oatmeal Bars with Chocolate and Marshmallows are the easiest, 30 minute dessert that you will ever make! They are loaded with pastel marshmallows, chocolate and chewy oatmeal! 

Easter Chocolate Oat Square {Butter Free + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness

It’s Monday.  Again.

Why does it always come to this?

You get these awesome weekends that just fly by and then, BAM, Monday.

I cry. You cry. We all cry.

Easter Chocolate Oat Square {Butter Free + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness

What was the highlight of your gone-to-fast weekend? Mine was this Froot Loop Breakfast Square that my mom shared on Instagram. That, my friends, is what happens when my mom is sick and my dad makes breakfast.

My family is insane. And I totally and completely love them for it.

Side note: I am going back to visit them next week for the first time since we moved to Florida last November! I AM SO EXCITED. But, we’ll talk about that later.

Actually, I lied. We’re kind of going to talk about my family, my child hood and life growing up in Canada today.

Easter Chocolate Oat Square {Butter Free + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness

When I word it like that, it makes it seem like growing up in Canada was rough and hard. It’s not.

Unless one of your sled dogs got sick and you had no means of transportation. Then it was a rough day.

Anyway.

Like Apple platz, “square” was at every family gathering AND it was brought to every single Church potluck that I can remember. And that, peeps, is a lot of church potlucks. It’s just ALWAYS a hit and everyone always wants the recipe.

Easter Chocolate Oat Square {Butter Free + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness

Now, you are looking at me with questioning eyeballs and going “ummm, what’s square?” This Chocolate Oat Square is “square.” My brother and I (did you know that I have a twin brother? Now you do!) were teeny tiny (not much has changed for me…he’s 6’2) when we first tried these squares, and saying “Chocolate Oat Square” was just too long and confusing for our tiny little child brainsies.

So, we called it like is, and “square” was born.

I just didn’t think I should call the recipe a shape because it’s, you know, not very creative. At all. But, feel free to call it a geometric object. You could even get crazy and call it “triangle.”

Easter Chocolate Oat Square {Butter Free + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness

Just to, you know, confuse all the people.

Originally this square is made with milk chocolate chips and regular colored marshmallows. How-ev-er….it’s almost Easter, so white and dark brown just ain’t gon’ cut it in the FFF kitchen. AND I found these amazing pastel marshmallow bunny heads at Walmart!

Easter Chocolate Oat Square {Gluten/Butter Free + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness

Side story: I was beyond thrilled when I found them and I ran over to the huberoni and was all “THEY’RE SHAPED LIKE BUNNIES OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH!”

You know what he did?

“You know they are just gonna melt right?”

Whomp Whomp Whomp. Excitement = dead.

Easter Chocolate Oat Square {Butter Free + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness

Whatever. My stomach knows that they were cute before the meltage, which makes it like them even better. That makes sense right? Don’t answer that.

The best part about these squares is that they are SO EASY. Like they-are-made-and-baked-in-almost-30-minutes kind of easy. Like anytime-you-have-a-dessert-craving-you-can-make-them-except-you-probably-shouldn’t-because-you-will-want-to-eat-the-whole pan kind of easy.

Easter Chocolate Oat Square {Butter Free + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness

But really, I switched the all purpose flour and butter for whole wheat pastry flour and coconut oil, so you COULD eat the whole thing. Maybe. Don’t take all the advice I give you.

I bet you have everything you need right now. Except maybe the marshmallow bunnies. You should get those. They’re cute. And bunny shaped.

Easter Chocolate Oat Square {Butter Free + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness

And, If you take my crazy triangle advice, let me know how that turns out.

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Easter Chocolate Oat Square {Whole Wheat, Butter Free + Super Simple}
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • ¾ Cup Coconut oil, at room temperature (should be the consistency of softened butter, not melted)
  • 1 Cup Packed brown sugar
  • 1⅓ Cup + 1 Tbsp Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1⅔ Cup Old fashioned oats
  • ½ tsp Baking soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 4-5 Cups Marshmallow bunnies (or regular marshmallows)
  • 1½ Cups White chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. With an electric hand mixer, cream together the coconut oil and brown sugar until smooth.
  3. Stir in the flour, oats, baking soda and salt and mix until well combined.
  4. Set aside about 1⅓ cup of the crumbs and press the rest of the crumbs into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
  5. Sprinkle the marshmallows and chocolate chips over the pressed crust evenly.
  6. Top with the remaining crumb mixture and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the marshmallows are just turning golden.
  7. Let the bars cool in their pan before cutting, or else the won't set and will be a a lumpy mess.
  8. DEVOUR

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Comments

  1. says

    Monday does always come too soon. I’d love to ease the Monday blues with these pastel bunny squares…so cute! I can’t believe Easter is just around the river bend…I had better eat my fill in pastel bunny marshmallows before I can’t find them anymore for the next year!

  2. says

    Yay! So glad you get to go home soon to visit! That will be so fun! These Easter squares are ADORABLE! And so simple – love that! Haha your husband sounds hilarious – “you know they are just going to melt” haha so sad! Pinned :)

    • Tate says

      I am sooo excited!! Thanks for the pin and sweet words girlfreind!
      Haha he is! but I was devastated. Men…they just don’t get it!

  3. says

    How fun that you get to visit your family next week! And I had no idea you were a twin…I love learning new things about my blogging friends.

    These squares look like a fun family tradition. Would the sled dogs get one of these treats after a long journey? :)

  4. says

    These sound ridiculously yum! And seriously do we have to call these squares dessert and limit them to ONE after-the-meal-dish? When clearly they should be the star…and eaten like ALL the time – correct?

    Had no clue you had a twin bro, Taylor! And glad you get to visit your folks next week!

  5. Colleen says

    These look soooo pretty Tatey! They were and still are defs a family fave, and not only did they go to every potluck but they were the only sweet treat you and trev ever wanted to bring to school for your birthday! I am SOOOOO excited to see you in less than 2 weeks now, its been 5 months!!!!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Aren’t they the cutest though? You totally need to make one…it’s the season! Thanks for the pin! Right back at ya :)

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Easy recipes are the best, especially when they’re cute. I am glad that someone shares the excitement!!!

  6. says

    Sled Dogs? NO WAY!!!!! I cannot wait to hear more! And that part about Mondays…you cry, I cry lol, I feel you on that front!
    This recipe looks amazingly delicious and festive for the fast approaching Easter holiday.

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Haha, girl we don’t actually use sled dogs ;)
      Monday’s really are the worst….ugh! Thanks for the sweet words!

  7. says

    Awww I totally thought the same thing about the marshmallows! Pastels are my favorites, and bunnies? Absolutely adorable. Boys just don’t understand… My guy would’ve said something similar. Or just taken my culinary torch and made s’mores out of all of them instead. Gah.

  8. says

    LOL on your hubby’s response to the bunny marshmallows! Mine would have responded similarly! Your squares look wonderful…I know the family would love them!

  9. says

    Aw! I love the cute little story of you and your twin brother! My kids had little names for some things, and we still refer to those by the ‘little kid names.’ We may be the only ones that know what we’re talking about … but at least we know! :)

    I think the pastel marshmallows look so cute in here – the colors are so pretty! Can’t wait to try ‘squares!’

  10. says

    Hahaha, just as you were writing about finding these marshmallows, I was thinking “they are just going to melt”…. and then saw what your husband said!!!!!!!!! Hhahahahaha! Yes, tell the husband great job. Glad we are on the same wavelength!

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