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Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Oatmeal Fudge Bars on Whisk Together

This is a another lightened up recipe.  Original bars were 260 calories each, 12 grams of fat and 7 grams of saturated fat.  These lightened up Oatmeal Fudge Bars are 160 calories 6 grams of fat and 3.5 grams saturated fat.  Chocolate lovers will LOVE them.  The chocolate lovers in the house ate them up before I could take a photo, so this is the one that was left.

Oatmeal Fudge Bars (Light)
16 bars

1/2 cup AP flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
4 Tb. unsalted butter, melt and cool

1/2 cup AP flour
1 and 1/2 tsp. instant espresso powder or coffee powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 oz (2 cups) mini marshmallows
1/4 cup skim milk
1 tsp vanilla

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Take your 8″ square or 9″ square pan and then pull a large piece of foil (or nonstick foil) out so that the edges hang off about 1-2″.  This will let you remove the bars and cut them nicely.  Use some cooking spray on the foil if it is regular foil.

2.  In a medium bowl:  whisk dry stuff:  flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add the melted butter and stir until crumbly.  Set aside 1/4 cup.   Put the rest in the 8″ pan and press down.  Bake for 20 minutes and cool.

3.  In a bowl, whisk the filling dry stuff:  flour, espresso powder and salt.

4.  In a large microwave bowl:  mix chocolate chips, marshmallows and skim milk.  Melt in the microwave and stir every 30 seconds or so.  It should take 1-3 minutes to melt.  Cool a couple minutes.  Stir in vanilla and flour mixture.

5.  Put the chocolate mallow mixture over the baked crust.  Take the 1/4 cup of reserved sprinkle and put that on top.  Bake 20 minutes.  Cool 2 hours.

Recipe from “Comfort Food Makeovers” by America’s Test Kitchen

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