Nutella Stuffed Oatmeal Bars

My husband and I have been married a little over three years now. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I found out that he liked Nutella. Nutella is amazing. Imagine living almost three years without it because your husband told you that he hated it. That was until he tried these Nutella Oatmeal Bars. Then our world changed forever.

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I baked a whole bunch of these for a church activity after I bought a huge jar of Nutella on sale at the grocery store (score!), and when I went to taste test the goodies my husband volunteered to try one. He fell in love instantly. His exact words were “I had no idea Nutella tasted like this. Can we buy more so you can make these again?” I almost sobbed with happiness. Unfortunately the goodies were gobbled up at the church event and I did not get to indulge any longer.

So I guarantee that you will love these bars. They’re delectable and super rich. The oatmeal adds a delicious texture to the creaminess of the Nutella. I am definitely planning on making these again in the near future!

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Nutella Stuffed Oatmeal Bars                                                    Yields 16 Bars

Adapted from http://celebratingsweets.com/nutella-stuffed-oatmeal-cookie-bars/

Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chocolate chips or callets

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 8×8 square pan  with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Place a little more than half of the oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Press the mixture into the plan until its one even layer. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Take the Nutella and place in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 15-20 seconds or until slightly melted and soft (this will make it easier to spread).
  6. Remove from the oven and immediately add the  softened Nutella. Since the dough/crust will be soft, you don’t want to spread too vigorously. Using a spoon or rubber spatula, spread the softened Nutella into an even layer. Sprinkle the Nutella layer with chocolate chips or callets. Crumble the remaining oat mixture evenly over the top of the Nutella/chocolate layer.
  7. Bake for 14-16 minutes, until the top is set and golden brown. Take the pan out and let cool. Do not cut them while they are hot, as the chocolate will ooze out. Serve them while still slightly warm and they’ll be perfect!
  8. Enjoy with a nice tall glass of milk.

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