I'd like to think these Cowboy Oatmeal Bars from Land O'Lakes are actually good for you, loaded with oatmeal, walnuts and chocolate, they'll definitely help fuel you for a long trail ride or hike in the woods. Easy enough to make, mix all the ingredients together in one bowl then press into the bottom of your dutch oven. The original recipe calls for baking them in a 15 by 10 inch pan so you could probably make them in a 14 inch dutch oven. I used my 12 inch oven, with 12 coals in a ring around the bottom and 24 on the lid, they were golden brown in 20 minutes. Cool them completely before lifting out with the parchment paper and cutting into squares. I didn't have any peanut butter chips so used 2 cups of chocolate chips instead, they were soft, chewy and brimming with chocolate, you won't be disappointed with these dynamite bars.
Cowboy Oatmeal Bars
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup milk OR real semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Lightly oil or spray dutch oven; line with parchment paper.
Combine butter, brown sugar and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
Add eggs and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed.
Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking soda and salt. Beat until well mixed.
Add oats; mix well. Stir in peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and walnuts.
Press dough evenly into prepared dutch oven.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool in dutch oven. Remove using parchment paper and cut into bars.
|Press batter into bottom of dutch oven|
|Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees|