Chocolate Revel Bars

1 Oct

Chocolate Revel Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
You’ll forgive me if this post is similar to the last one right? You wouldn’t deny an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie in bar form would you?

I told you that most of my baked goods need to be ultra portable, so I often resort to bars since they: a) pack easier, and b) hold up better to rough-housing Delta baggage handlers.

Chocolate Revel Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
While the Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Bars were new to me, these Chocolate Revel Bars have been a staple of my recipe collection for awhile now. Found them on that trusty baking mecca: It was love at first bite. The soft chewy oatmeal… the gooey, rich chocolate… the smell emanating from the oven.

Chocolate Revel Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
I’m not sure whether I like these warm out of the oven or after they’ve cooled a bit. The chocolate takes on a different texture. Warm, it’s like a chocolate sauce. Cold, it’s like fudge.

Chocolate Revel Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
So basically at any temperature, it’s all good. Straight out of the saucepan before you even get it into the pan is better.

Chocolate Revel Bars

3 cups quick cooking oats
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional, I’ve never used)

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, beat together 1 cup butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Mix in eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. In another bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt; stir into butter mixture. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, heat sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1/2 teaspoon salt over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in walnuts (if using) and 2 teaspoons vanilla.

Pat 2/3 of the oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread chocolate mixture evenly over the top, and dot with remaining oat mixture.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool, then cut into bars.

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