I’m hella excited to share my recipe for these amazing bars! I’m calling them the Get Baked (No Bake) Chocolate Oatmeal Bars. They will most certainly get you baked AND what is neat is that there’s no actual baking involved!
And hold on to your seat for this – but they taste like SAMOAS!!! Samoas are the best Girl Scout Cookies EVER (sorry Thin Mints) and this is the closest I’ve come to re-creating them. Guess those years in the Girl Scouts are finally paying off…
I’ve been hearing about the many health benefits of coconut oil and decided to see if it would be a good oil to use with cannabis. I was a little nervous to try it out but it turned out AMAZING! Coconut oil does taste slightly like coconut so I probably wouldn’t use it for a savory recipe but it’s definitely a great substitute for canola or vegetable oil in a baking recipe.
I probably could have made my life easier by using quick-cook oats instead of these old fashioned oats. Quick-cook oats (or instant oats) are much finer. But I only had old fashioned oats on hand – so I put them in the food processor and chopped them up until they had the consistency of quick-cook oats. You want to chop them until they are very very fine (even finer than the oats in this picture).
This recipe calls for shredded coconut but I took it one step further – I used desiccated coconut. I had a bunch of desiccated coconut that I had bought in bulk from Amazon that I needed to use up (in case you’re wondering – I needed all that desiccated coconut to dip frosted cupcakes in for a birthday party). I’m sure the consistency of the granola bars will be different if you use shredded coconut but they should taste the same.
Slowly add in the oatmeal and coconut to the oil mixture. This will help it come together nicely. It will be slightly wet but it will solidify as it cools in the pan.
Line a 8×8 pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Also, learn from my mistake here – there should be MUCH more aluminum foil on the sides. It makes it easier to “pop out” the bars once they’ve hardened.
Press the oatmeal batter into the pan and make sure it is a relatively even layer.
Now it’s time to get your chocolate ON!
Spread the chocolate onto the bars using a rubber scraper and then place the bars in the refrigerator to cool and harden.
Two hours later…pop that baby out and cut up some bars!
You can see that some of the sides are slightly uneven but it doesn’t matter. You can cut them into bars like I did, or cut into squares depending on how you want to dose it out.
What I especially love about these bars is that they keep forever. I found one hiding in my fridge about two months later and it still tasted delicious!
Get Baked (No Bake) Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
(makes 12 servings)
1/2 cup canna-oil, using coconut oil
1/2 cup light corn syrup (NOT low calorie but light in color)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 cups sweetened shredded coconut or desiccated coconut
2 1/2 cups quick-oats (or old fashioned oats, chopped in a food processor)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1. Line an 8×8 inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking oil.
2. In a large bowl, combine canna-oil, corn syrup, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cook in microwave for approximately 90 seconds. Stop and stir the mixture.
3. Return bowl to microwave and cook for 90 more seconds. Stir the mixture.
4. Stir in shredded coconut, oats, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt into the sugar/oil mixture. When adding the oats and coconut, add them slowly into the mixture.
5. Turn mixture out onto pan and spread evenly using a rubber scraper. Make sure it is packed down.
6. (Optional) Melt the chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave, about one minute. Stir until smooth.
7. You can drizzle the chocolate over the bars or frost the entire pan with the chocolate as I’ve done. (This will depend on how much chocolate you prefer)
8. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Pop out of pan and slice into bars or squares. Store in refrigerator.