M&M Chocolate Oat Bars

Have I mentioned that I like to bake?! ;)

I’ll pretty much take any excuse I can get to try out a new dessert. I made a ton of desserts back home, but I feel like I get to make even more now because we’re trying to branch out and meet new people, which means we’ve invited several families over for dessert. I usually try to shy away from trying a new recipe for when guests come just because I have no idea how it will turn out, but thankfully, I have my hubby’s students to try them out for me first. Last week I decided to make some M&M Chocolate Oat Bars, which was a recipe from Betty Crocker, and they were a hit!! Lorin said they were literally gone in minutes when he took them to his students. He insisted I make them again this past Sunday when we had invited another family over, so I did just that, and fortunately, they were a hit yet again.

Fall M&M Chocolate Oat Bars



Because they were so good and pretty easy to make, I’ll be adding them to my “GO-TO Desserts’ List. We also served them with some delicious Blue Bell Ice Cream (yes, we’ve been converted to it since moving to Texas). I’m so happy to find another “bars” recipe that is delicious and can be changed out for any season or occasionally so easily with different types of M&Ms. :D

M&M Chocolate Oat Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 bag milk chocolate chips
  • 2 TB butter softened
  • 1 cup M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and 1 cup softened butter with a spoon. Remove 1 cup and set aside.
  3. Press remaining mixture into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan.
  4. In a small pot, melt condensed milk, chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of butter over low-medium heat. Stir constantly until chips are melted and everything is mixed well.
  5. Pour chocolate chip mixture over the bottom layer and spread evenly. Sprinkle leftover cup of oat mixture over the chocolate.
  6. Top with M&Ms and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. ENJOY
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M&M Chocolate Oat Bars - 1

{Pressing the batter into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan}

M&M Chocolate Oat Bars - 2

{Poured the melted sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips over the bottom layer}

M&M Chocolate Oat Bars - 3

{Topped it off with some more of the bottom oat mixture}

M&M Chocolate Oat Bars - 5

{Then topped it off with some Fall M&Ms}

Seriously – SO good!!

Delicious Fall M&M Chocolate Oat Bars

OAT

The hubby has already requested it again!!

It is definitely a recipe that needs to be tried… and asap. ;)

Easy and Delicious M&M Chocolate Oat Bars

As I mentioned earlier, the best part is you can change out the M&Ms so that it matches whichever event or occasion you’ve made it for…

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The possibilities are endless!!

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ENJOY!

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Behind the Scenes - M&M Chocolate Oat Bars

Yes, I know… I’m crazy. I added three kinds of M&Ms so I could just show you the versatility of this yummy dessert. ;)

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Discussion

  1. 1

    Oh these look so good Kristyn!

  2. 2

    Ha! I love the “behind the scene’s photo”! I feel like we are sisters–that is totally something I would have done. I liked you before, but now I might be in love! Oh, and holy yum, MAKING THIS!
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    • 3

      LOL! Too funny!! So glad there is someone who would have done the same thing and not thought I was absolutely crazy. I had to laugh though cuz I’m sure my hubby’s students were questioning if it was a Christmas, Fall or Regular dessert when he brought them to school the next day – ha!

  3. 4

    These look quite amazing. I love me some m&ms too.
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  4. 6

    They look really super delicious :)
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  5. 8

    I made these last night for a get together we had with old high school friends. I’m more of a peanut butter person, so I replaced 1/2 the chocolate chips with peanut butter chips (though normal PB probably would have worked just as well) and instead of M&Ms used Reese’s Pieces. They were a huge hit! The whole pan was gone within the hour. Definitely making these, again. Thanks so much for the fantastic recipe!

    • 9

      So glad you liked them, Erica! Reeses Pieces sounds like a great idea… I think I’ll have to try that next for Lorin. I think all Merkleys like PB. ;)

  6. 10

    These look so good! I’d love for you to join the Pinworthy Projects party! http://www.atkinsondrive.com/pinworthy-projects-link-party-12/
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  7. 11

    YUM! These look so good! My mom makes a similar recipe and it is one of my faves!
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    • 12

      This was my first time trying a recipe that had these kinds of ingredients, and it was obviously a hit!! Will need to try out your mom’s recipe one of these days. :)

  8. 13

    You had me at M&M ;)
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  9. 15

    Yummy! Can’t wait to try them!

    xoxo

  10. 17

    These are like the ones I’ve made for years. Love them! In place of step #4 I use 32 unwrapped caramels and 1/2 cup condensed (not sweetened). Melt in heavy sauce pan over low heat till melted. I also add 1 cup chopped nuts on top with the m&ms. Love my caramel and chocolate. :)

  11. 19

    I made these this week.
    I ADORED them.
    As did my husband and five of our children and all of my friends at our co-op where I shared them.
    I replaced the m&m’s with chocolate covered sunflower seeds.
    These are definitely on my go-to list now as well.
    (And I’m sharing your link on my blog this week and sending people to YOU!)
    Thank you so much for sharing.

    • 20

      Oh man, I would have never thought to try Chocolate Covered sunflowers seeds. They would be delicious! Thank you so much for the tip. I will try that next time I’m making them. :)

  12. 21

    Love bars like this! Chewy, with sweet. cond milk, the M&Ms, mmm! Right up my alley & pinned!
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  13. 22

    Can these be frozen, if I make them ahead of time?

    • 23

      Hi Dawn. Unfortunately, I haven’t tried to freeze them. If you try, let me know, and I’ll be sure to make a note of it so others can know if it does work. :)

  14. 24

    Great Treat! I’m making these for After School Treats with GF Flour!


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