Whole Wheat oatmeal molasses dark chocolate gooey bars. A mouthful of healthy, low sugar, melt in your mouth flavor! | Broma Bakery

I have a confession to make: Sometimes, when I run out of ingredients in my pantry, I make recipes for the sole reason that I don’t have anything else to work with. Case in point? These whole wheat oatmeal molasses dark chocolate gooey bars. Yes, it’s a mouthful. A big, delicious, chocolatey mouthful and I apologize. But what I don’t apologize for is that fact that I made them, because they’re ridiculously good.

I made these babies earlier in the week before heading home to Boston. I nearly ran out of all-purpose flour (Mental image = me scraping flour bowl with a spoon to scoop every last bit into my measuring cup*), had no brown sugar, and one lonely egg left. So I put my baker cap on (stood in my kitchen for 5 minutes), came up with a bunch of ideas (like one and a half) and finally came up with these. 

Whole Wheat oatmeal molasses dark chocolate gooey bars. A mouthful of healthy, low sugar, melt in your mouth flavor! | Broma Bakery

But, guys, have I told you how amazing they are? Like SO amazing. Gooey, chocolatey, healthy(er) due to the whole wheat, lower in sugar than normal bars, and the absolute best dessert I’ve made all month. I’m currently sitting on my bed in Boston eating one. No, I didn’t take them to Boston with me. I made a second batch here. All you food bloggers can confirm that when you make a recipe twice in a week, it means you’ve struck gold.

Whole Wheat oatmeal molasses dark chocolate gooey bars. A mouthful of healthy, low sugar, melt in your mouth flavor! | Broma Bakery

Meanwhile, how’s Boston? Oh it’s fantastic. I drove around town this morning, taking the long route to get everywhere because I missed everything so much. If you asked me 10 years ago if I could see myself raising a family in my hometown, I would’ve said are you crazy. If you asked me now, I would say heck yes and how can I confirm that this will happen because I’m all for it.

Whole Wheat oatmeal molasses dark chocolate gooey bars. A mouthful of healthy, low sugar, melt in your mouth flavor! | Broma Bakery

So I’m off to frolic around Newbury Street and then pick up my mum from work (with a gooey bar in hand, no doubt).

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Whole Wheat Oatmeal Molasses Dark Chocolate Gooey Bars

Oatmeal Gooey Bars
  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup canola (or vegetable) oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dark molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8″x8″ baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, molasses, egg, and vanilla. Next, stir in both flours, the baking soda, salt, and chocolate. Last, mix in the oatmeal.
  3. Pour into baking dish and press down gently to even out the dough. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean (not counting the melted chocolate!). Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan & cutting into squares.

 

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Jess
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These look absolutely delicious! So gooey!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks so much, Jess! Happy Friday!

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stacy
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i just made these. it came out super sweet and dark colored………..hmmmmm

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Manali @ CookWithManali
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these look so delicious! I hope you are having a great time in Boston, Sarah! 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Manali! I’m having a great time. Don’t want to leave!

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Anna (Hidden Ponies)
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These sound amazing and I’m so happy I have everything to make them! I love random inspiration that turns out so well 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Anna! It makes them taste that much better 🙂

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mira
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These look amazing, chuncy and chocolatey! It is funny, how when running out of certain ingredients, you can create something as beautiful as these are 🙂 Pinned!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks for pinning, Mira!

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Cheryl
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Holy goodness.. could these be any gooier?! I can’t even show these to my husband because then my idea of a relaxing Saturday will vanish and I’ll be in the kitchen with your recipe pulled up on my phone…

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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So gooey. So gooey.

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Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
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So lovely, Sarah! Love those gooey chocolate bits 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks Jennifer! The chocolate bits are obviously my favorite…

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cheri
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Love gooey bars, your look wonderful. Boston is such a great place, happy week-end to you!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Cheri! Having a fantastic time 🙂

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Jess @ whatjessicabakednext.com
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These bars look mega delicious! Love the oozy, gooey chocolate!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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It’s like only the best part, duh! Thanks, Jess!

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Nora @ Savory Nothings
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I know this too well – most of the time I’ll be short on some ingredient (because I plan my shopping so incredibly well) and have to come up with a solution. Your solution here looks so delicious! Want!

And about that hometown thing… Same here. Now with a baby girl I feel this weird longing to move back even though I didn’t like it all that much when I was living there…!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Isn’t it weird how that happens?! Glad you can relate. Happy Sunday, Nora!

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Karishma
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So much ooey gooey goodness!

Hope you’re enjoying Boston!! I was just around Newbury Street last night!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Ahhh, so was I! What if we passed each other and didn’t know it…

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Heather
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That is exactly how most of my recipes are born. I run out of something crucial and have to figure out how to make up for it.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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YES! You make the best things when you don’t anticipate it 🙂

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Catalina @ Shades of Pink
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they are whole wheat, they are healthy I am making them and eating all of them!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I mean that’s what I did, so I’m totally not judging you…

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Anne
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Agreed… If I make a recipe twice in a week, it either means one, the recipe is wonderful, or my pictures look like crap.
I have no doubt that you made them for the first reason (and if I’m wrong, you don’t need to correct me…). These look amazing! 😀

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh but I can surely say I’ve been there on the pictures front. If at first you don’t succeed… bake, bake again!

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Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire
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Sometimes those scrappy recipes are the best ones. And these little gooey bars of heaven certainly look amazing.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Amanda! They ARE heaven

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Traci | Vanilla And Bean
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A triumph from mind and pantry! Well done, Sarah! I’m thinking that I need to make these because one can’t seem to have enough oatmeal gooey bars in one’s life! Love the bittersweet chocolate in these! Thank you, Sarah, for running out of AP flour!!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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And thank YOU for the compliments!

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Chanie@BusyInBrooklyn
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I love that I get to deguiltify this chocolatey goodness with the whole oatmeal whole wheat thing. They’re healthy, right?!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Sooooo healthy 🙂

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