Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oaty Nutella Bars

I made this treat for Dessert Wars.  Their theme for the month is Nutella...now how could I resist that?  An excuse to make more goodies with Nutella.....I'm on it!

This is a bit of a busy dessert, but it's quite tasty.  Think of it like a really, really suped-up O'Henry bar with Nutella.  It assembles quickly even though it has four layers.  I actually only intended three layers, but sometimes you just need a finishing touch.  ;)  Each layer has a distinctive texture....which tickles me.

Ahhh Nutella and dark chocolate.....how I love you!.  Nom, nom!


Oaty Nutella Bars

Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (one sleeve)
1/4 cup tub margarine, melted
2 tbls sugar

Mix everything together and press into an 8x8 greased pan.  Set aside.

Oaty Layer:
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup tub margarine, melted
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix together oats and brown sugar.  Stir in melted margarine, corn syrup, and vanilla.  Spread mixture over top of graham cracker crust and press down.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Chocolate Layer:
1/4 cup Smart Balance 50/50 butter blend
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup skim milk
2 tbls dark chocolate cocoa powder
1/4 cup Nutella
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup old fashioned oats, ground fine
2 oz of a dark chocolate with hazelnuts candy bar, chopped roughly

In a saucepan, mix together butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa powder.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Let cook for one minute.  Remove from heat and stir in Nutella and vanilla  and mix until well combined. Stir in ground oats and chopped dark chocolate.  Spread across oaty layer.

Topping:
1/4 cup Nutella
3oz milk chocolate chips

Stir Nutella and chocolate chips together and heat in the microwave until smooth and melted together.  Spread across top of chocolate later.  Chill before slicing into squares.


A couple more pics....
More fun with my silicone heart shaped molds.  Heart shapes are my current favorite (like that's a surprise) since they are just so cute. These really need some drizzle across the top to finish them off though.


A closer look at the layers.....who wouldn't want to take a bite out of that?  Well....maybe someone who isn't a Nutella fan....I'm pretty sure that is some sort of sin though.  ;)


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46 comments:

  1. Your oaty nutella bar looks so amazing! I simple love this recipe. My family will just love it :)

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  2. Yumm..this is beautiful! Who doesn't love Nutella?

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  3. Those bars look AMAZING! I have a jar of Nutella begging me to make this :)

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  4. I absolutely love the last picture where the layers can be appreciated. YUM!

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  5. Now I know why I've been seeing a slew of Nutella recipes :) This looks so good!! I love the thick oat base

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  6. Oh my goodness!! The little heart shapes are adorable. With our recent Nutella discovery, these are simply a must try!!

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  7. Those look amazing! I love an excuse to buy a jar of Nutella. Not that I really need one ;)

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  8. Yum! The hearts are so cute. Can't wait to make these!

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  9. Love Nutella in almost anything, thanks for this delicious looking recipe!

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  10. anything with nutella is divine! and these look especially so!

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  11. Oh wow, now those are all-out nutella warfare!

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  12. These look amazing! Look like a wonderful treat for Valentines day!

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  13. What a delicious sweet is this!! Valentines is near so thanks for sharing!!!!!

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  14. Yummy! Nutella is all the rage, and that would be because it's awesome! Great job!

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  15. wow... this is such an awesome treat! love nutella and oat combo.. i am drooling over this right now.

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  16. nom, nom, nom indeed!! chocolate is my favourite food group!

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  17. yet another beautiful creation :)

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  18. Oh my, I love all the ingredients in here! My husband would love these too. Thanks for this recipe! It's so cute how you cut out the bars.

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  19. Nutella is what's hot these days and your recipe sounds and looks good. Guess I have to go beyond just spooning it from the jar.

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  20. I'll take a few bites out of that! mmmm! They are perfect!

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  21. Hey, you are tireless :)!!! So tasty and beautiful bars - look awesome!!!

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  22. Oh! I love ANYTHING with Nutella! These look outrageously goooood!

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  23. I'm pretty much obsessed with nutella. Great idea for Valentine's Day!

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  24. I love all your Nutella recipes! I especially love these bars! They look delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful week:)

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  25. Even more Nutella and another O'Henry type recipe with it too which makes sense because I bet all those flavors go well together.

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  26. Those cakes look amazing!
    I'm a great fan of silicon molds; I already bought few sets and I'm looking for other shapes now :))

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  27. This is a nutella lover's dream come true.

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  28. Holy smokes, this has me drooling. And now I realize that I actually ran out of Nutella. MUST get to the store!

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  29. wow Nutella! I am saving this recipe to try!

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  30. These really sound delicious. I find it hard to resist Nutella so these bars are a natural for me. I'm new to your blog and have been poking around to get a sense of what you do here. I really love the food and recipes you feature and I'll definitely be back. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  31. Nuttella and chocolate can do no wrong. Love the heart shapes too!

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  32. Love your Nutella bars, especially the heart shaped ones. Looks like you're all set for Valentine's!

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  33. Mama Mia!! Those look sooo good and pretty easy!! I'm trying these this weekend fo sho!! :)

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  34. Nutella!!!! Mmmmm. I am loving how you are coming up with these recipes using nutella. Anything made with it would taste fabulous! And those heart shaped bars are oh so cute!

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  35. Great entry! I never thought of oats and nutella together but I can just imagine how delicious this is as both have a bit of a nutty flavor and chocolate oatmeal cookies are a favorite. I'm hoping to post an entry soon too. Good luck on the contest!

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  36. Yes Yes YEs! Nutella on anything is amazing.

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  37. Oooooh yummy! I might have to try and veganize those little treasures.

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  38. LOVE nutella...these look AWESOME!

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  39. Your oaty bars look delicious! I love all those layers. Thanks for sending it to Dessert Wars!

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  40. Ooohh, Nutella = irresistible. These bars look absolutely yummy. I hope you'll come and link these up at Sweets for a Saturday #2.

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  41. Love the heart-shape version. Just in time for preparing Valentine's Day!

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  42. Ohhhh my goodness... how I love all the ingredients in these bars! Wow. These look unbelievable. Brilliant! Thanks for posting this--and just in time for world nutella day!

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  43. Oh dear, I drooled a little on my shirt when I read about those! Good luck in the contest!!!

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