S’Mores Oat Bars

S'Mores Oat Bars

Happy Fourth of July!! At the risk of being obvious and perhaps a little unoriginal, I’m blogging something s’mores today. It seems the childhood campfire obsession just never, ever gets old, even that said campfire from our childhoods was proverbial at best. Adults just don’t seem to ever outgrow that graham crackers-milk-chocolate-marshmallows combination. If you’ve ever looked at Pinterest, then you know that our beloved S’more has gone on to take on more iterations than our human minds can fathom – it seems you can take *any* dessert and make it into a s’more.

marshmallows and chocolate chips for S'Mores Oat Bars

So today I’m sharing a recipe I found from King Arthur Flour, which called it a S’Mores Granola Bar. With all due respect to KAF, this is not a granola bar, my friends. I just can’t call it that, because using the phrase granola connotes healthiness, and this little treat is not healthy or virtuous in any way. It’s just a delicious cookie that will remind you of s’mores. That’s it.

S'Mores Oat Bars

And that’s totally okay! Enjoy it for what it is, just don’t delude yourself into thinking you or your kids are getting any real nutrition here. Because you’re not. But still, it’s delicious and you should absolutely enjoy a treat tonight after your grill fest! And now I shall sign off, wishing you and yours a wonderful and safe Fourth of July celebration! As for me and Matt, we will be hanging shelves and rearranging furniture. Sigh…

S'Mores Oat Bars

Source: The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

6 tbs unsalted butter
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
6 tbs maple syrup or honey
2 ¼ cups rolled, old-fashioned oats
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 ¼ cups mini marshmallows

In a medium-to-large-sized saucepan set over medium heat, melt and stir together the butter, sugar, and syrup, cooking until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the oats, flour, salt, and graham cracker crumbs.
Press slightly more than half of the mixture into a lightly greased 9×9” square baking pan. Let cool completely.
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top, then the marshmallows. Top with the remaining crust mixture. I found this easiest to do just by dropping chunks of it evenly over the whole thing with your hands. Don’t try to spread it evenly – it won’t do that anyway, and you’ll just mess up your marshmallows by trying.
Bake the bars 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them rest for 20 minutes, then if you can, cut them into squares while they are still slightly warm. They taste excellent room temperature though.

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