I love oatmeal. I have it nearly every morning with milk, cinnamon, maple syrup, and either chia or flax seeds. I've made many oatmeal cookies in my day, but wanted to experiment with a cookie bar that could serve equally well as a dessert (I first made these for a dinner party and served them with vanilla bean ice cream), a mid-afternoon snack, or something to keep you going on a hike. Instead of your typical oatmeal-raisin variety, I wanted to incorporate some of my favorite flavors - chocolate, coconut, and nuts - to create something reminiscent of a "ranger" bar - basically a cookie or bar that contains a lot of good stuff!
These were so good that our guests asked for my recipe and are making them for their own dinner party, so I figured I had to share this creation with others. They don't require a mixer and they also freeze very well - pop them in the freezer after you've cooked and cut them apart and they can either be reheated for a quick fix in the microwave (about 30 seconds) or thawed on the counter.
Oatmeal Ranger Bars
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes