Thursday, February 17, 2011

Microwave Chocolate Oatmeal Bar

In the past when I posted this and this version of oatmeal bar, a lot of readers sent emails mentioning that they were unable to try the recipes because they do not have a conventional oven and requested me to post a microwave version. Finally, a few days ago I got a chance to try a microwave version of oatmeal bar. I referred to this recipe as a guide but tweaked it by reducing the quantity of butter and chocolate, skipping the corn syrup entirely and adding flax to provide some binding and to make it healthier :-)

Chocolate Oatmeal Bar

The verdict......this oatmeal bar was delicious, the slight amount of chocolate really enhanced its taste. I was also impressed with how quickly this oatmeal bar could be made, it took me around fifteen to twenty minutes from start to finish including prep time but without taking the freezing time into account. This makes a very convenient travel or "on the go " snack and is a great way to add some oatmeal in our daily diet :-)

 Microwave Chocolate Oatmeal Bar

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Ingredients and Method to make microwave chocolate oatmeal bar
2 cups 1 minute oatmeal (quick cooking oats)
1 tbsp flax meal (powdered flax seeds/ alsi) + 3 tbsp water
Additional 2 tbsp water
1/2 cup sugar
6 tbsp butter melted
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels ( I used 1/4 cup) 
a little extra butter to grease the baking dish.

Grease a 8 inch round glass dish with a little butter and keep aside

In a large bowl mix together sugar and oatmeal.Whisk flax seed meal with water together for a few seconds until it turns gelatinous. Keep this aside.

Melt butter and pour over the oatmeal + sugar mixture and mix well. Pour the flax seed mixture over it as well and mix again. Add additional 2 tbsp water, vanilla extract and mix once more.

Spoon this mixture onto the pre greased dish and press down with the back of the spoon.

Microwave on high in 1 minute increments, rotate the dish every minute (if your microwave plate does not rotate) to ensure even cooking. It took me 4 minutes.
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Remove and spread the chocolate morsels on top of the oatmeal mixture and on 30 percent power cook for 2 to 4 minutes or until the morsels turn shiny. (it took me 2 minutes because I only used 1/4 cup of morsels)

Spread the morsels with a knife and allow this mixture to cool a little. Place the dish in freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cut into rectangle bars or small squares and place in an air tight container. Use within a few days for best freshness. I used this up in one weeks time.

Because of varying wattage in each microwave, cooking times will vary in different microwaves. Also if you use a slightly larger or smaller dish, it will also impact the cooking times. So please use the times given in this recipe only as a guide. It may take a little lesser or more time to cook depending on your microwave and your dish.

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