Monday, January 31, 2011

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Who can resist an oatmeal cookie bar with chocolate on top?  You can feel better serving these knowing they are lower in fat and cholesterol.  We made these for dinner when we had company over.  The kids quickly polished off the tray.  They go great in school lunches and they also freeze well.  Put some into snack size baggies and store in the freezer so they are ready for a quick snack or to put into lunches.

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
Cream the butter, bean puree, and sugar

Be sure you cream it well so there are no noticeable butter chunks

Press into pan

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

½ cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup white bean puree
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup white sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp shortening

Cream butter, beans, and sugar.  Add vanilla.  Add the flour and the oats.  Mix well.  Add the oil and mix until it pulls together.  Press into a greased jelly roll pan.  Bake at 375° F for 10–15 minutes or until lightly browned only around the edge.  Allow to cool for a few minutes.  Melt chocolate chips in the microwave with the shortening.  Spread  melted chocolate onto bars.  You can sprinkle 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans on the top, if desired.  Cut into bars and serve.


  1. how do you make bean puree? and do you only puree white beans?

  2. To make bean puree, you can put the beans in the blender with a little water. I prefer using a hand immersion blender in a deeper bowl. You want the beans to end up the consistency of peanut butter. White beans work in any recipe, but you can puree other colors. They will work just as well - they just don't hide as well. So I've used black beans in chocolate recipes and red or pinto beans in things like banana muffins. I just made some puree yesterday and took pictures. Look for a post about it coming soon.