I’m not saying parents have favorite children, but I do have favorite recipes, and it’s my Skinny Chocolate Oatmeal Bars. I love the rich chocolate flavor, the crunchy oat topping. It’s something you have to taste to believe. My, I do declare. These Skinny Chocolate Oatmeal Bars are a thing of the future. Recently, I shared this recipe with my husband. Bless his heart, he is always very skeptical of low-calorie food because he has that ridiculous guy’s metabolism and just doesn’t see the point. Also keep in mind that we attended college together, so he was with me through my culinary enlightenment. As you can imagine, this makes for an interesting discussion at the dinner table. He’s all about more cheese, more carbs, more meat, and I’m like, “Babe . . . pass the spaghetti squash.”
Anyway, it’s quite hilarious because even though he starts off being very skeptical of all my desserts, he always falls madly in love with them. This is not because I am a genius in the kitchen (not by any means); rather, it’s because I’ve messed up enough and sort of understand how to run things. Plus, if anything is a total flop, I toss it, don’t take pictures, don’t post it to my website, and don’t let Ryan anywhere near it.
As for this recipe, Ryan was skeptical per usual. I was like . . . “Babe . . . chocolate crunchy something. I’ll call it Skinny Chocolate Oatmeal Bars. Try it.” And he was like, “Anything for you babe,” but had that really nervous look on his face, all cause he still remembers that one time I tried to make soufflé a billion years ago. People don’t forget. Anyway, he ate it and he was like, “Yeah . . . I’ll take two more of those. The big slices.” and I was like, “YAS!” Here are some of my favorite baking items:
Marble Rolling Pin I Bronze Measuring Cup Set I Old Dutch Copper Serving Tray I Beehive Cupcake Tin I Bronze Baker I Non-Stick Bakeware from Wayfair I Pastry Blender
Favorites? Marble Roller, duh. & Obviously I am losing it over that Beehive Cupcake Tin because, um, it’s the coolest. Also, give me that Pastry Blender. It comes in handy.
Skinny Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
- 1 1/3 cups old-fashioned oats, dry (400 calories)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (400 calories)
- 1/2 cups + 3 tablespoons Truvia Baking Blend, Brown Sugar (288 calories)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (1 calorie)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons I Can’t Believe It's Not Butter, “Lite.” (200 calories)
- 6 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (45 calories, depending)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (200 calories)
- 1/4 cup Truvia Baking Blend, Brown Sugar (105 calories)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Chocolate syrup (directions below)
- 9 tablespoons liquid egg-whites (75 calories)
- Chocolate Syrup Ingredients:
- 1 cup Hershey’s Special “Dark,” unsweetened cocoa (160 calories)
- 1/4 cup Truvia Baking Blend (100 calories)
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (45 calories)
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (36 calories)
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Combine flour, oats, Truvia “Brown” Baking Blend, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
- Add butter and yogurt, and continue to mix with a hand-mixer on low/medium speed.
- Using 2/3 of oat mixture, mold a thin crust inside of a lightly greased casserole dish, large. Pop in the oven for about 10 minutes and remove. Allow to cool while preparing other ingredients.
- Make your filling using a separate mixing bowl by combining all required ingredients: cocoa and Truvia BB first, followed by milk and extract.
- Whisk together flour, Truvia and salt, and slowly add to chocolate syrup. Mix on low-speed using hand-mixer.
- Lastly, add liquid egg whites. Mix until combined.
- Pour filling over baked crust.
- Sprinkle remaining crust, in crumbles, over filling.
- Bake for 30 – 40 minutes, or until the filling has set.