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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
And, If you take my crazy triangle advice, let me know how that turns out.
- 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
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- With an electric hand mixer, cream together the coconut oil and brown sugar until smooth.
- Stir in the flour, oats, baking soda and salt and mix until well combined.
- Set aside about 1⅓ cup of the crumbs and press the rest of the crumbs into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
- Sprinkle the marshmallows and chocolate chips over the pressed crust evenly.
- Top with the remaining crumb mixture and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the marshmallows are just turning golden.
- Let the bars cool in their pan before cutting, or else the won't set and will be a a lumpy mess.
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