Chewy Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Sweet chewy coconut layer baked into a moist oatmeal style dessert bar. Butter, brown sugar and oats with coconut, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate marbled in. The perfect Chewy Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal Bars.

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Within this post you’ll make a super chewy oatmeal bar dessert that’s quick and simple! Plus you’ll learn why chocolate chips hold their shape when you bake them. Shouldn’t they just melt into the batter?

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Baking is a big deal around here. Olia and I (especially her) enjoy a decadent homemade dessert. She’s a bit obsessed with sweets, but shhh don’t tell her I said that here on the blog. There’s something special about combining a few ingredients and watching it transform into something else completely in the oven. The chemistry and science behind it fascinate me; and there’s always the plus of enjoying your creation once it’s baked.

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My favorite baked goods are anything that is chewy. Generally I avoid making fancy decorated desserts like cakes or cupcakes, and find my specialty is cookies, muffins and bars. These Chewy Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal Bars are no exception, they are SUPER chewy! Start with a base of oats, brown sugar, egg, flour and butter. It mixes together to form a thick and gooey batter, which always leads to blissful things while baking. Pat it down to form a thick, yet soft crust-like dessert bar.

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The thing that sets these over the edge is the sweet and creamy coconut chocolate mixture that marbles when baked. Sweetened condensed milk, shredded coconut flakes and chocolate creates a simple (no-cooking needed) spread that goes over the oatmeal batter. Drop it over and leave some of the bottom layer exposed. Now you have ooey gooooey Chewy Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal Bars that’s a real treat.

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For the holiday season Target has Holiday Edition Glad® Press N’ Seal® with cute printed decorations on it, M&M’s® Holiday Baking Minis, and Maple Brown Sugar Instant Quaker Oats. I used the regular old-fashioned oats flavor for this recipe. A fun way to share these Chewy Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal Bars is to wrap with the decorated Glad® Press N’ Seal®, then tie off with a red ribbon. They’re a super cute gift to show others how much you care about them, with chewy oatmeal bars of course!

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Cooking Tips: Why don’t chocolate chips melt when baking?

Ever wonder why chocolate chips don’t melt and hold their shape when you bake them? Well they actually do melt! (sort of)

Chocolate chips heat up and become soft to the touch. The surrounding dough helps keep the shape together. While cooling, they firm up again. The added fat in chocolate chips helps reduce the melting point, and keeps them from becoming a completely melted liquid. This is why you end of with whole chocolate pieces after you bake them into this oatmeal bar dessert. Isn’t food science fascinating?

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Chewy Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Recipe at-a-glance:

Difficulty: Super easy
Flavor profiles: Sweet coconut, milk and chocolate flavors, mixed with salty and mealy oat flavors.
Texture: Have I said these were chewy yet? Oh my goodness so chewy!

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Chewy Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Course Dessert Bar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Author Plating Pixels


  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • cup milk
  • 3 cups Quaker old-fashioned oats
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 1 cup M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. In a large bowl or mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar on medium speed until combined. Slowly beat in eggs, vanilla and milk until combined.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, flour, baking soda and salt. Slow mix the dry ingredients into bowl of wet ingredients. Batter will be thick, you may need to do last bit by hand. Evenly spread 2/3 of batter in an even layer into a parchment lined or greased 9x13 baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl combine sweetened condensed milk, coconut flakes and M&M'S®. Spread in even layer on top of oatmeal batter. Spoon remaining 1/3 oatmeal batter in small drops over coconut layer. Don't cover completely, as it will spread and create a marbled effect. Bake 25–30 minutes until the oatmeal bar sets and a toothpick inserted comes out clean without batter. The coconut parts will still be moist. Cool slightly before cutting into bars.

– Recipe adapted from these Deep Dish Fudgy Oatmeal Bars

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22 Responses

  1. Leah says:

    These sound so fantastic! My kiddos would love these!

  2. Victoria says:

    These look DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Rocio Chavez says:

    OMG I so need to try these with my nephews over the holidays. They look amazing!!!

  4. I kinda wish we had more little guests around so I could impress them with this colorful treat! 😀

  5. YUM these sound tasty and love all those Christmas colors! I also love the press and seal wrap — so convenient!!

  6. Renee says:

    These look so chewy and delicious! Love the M&M additions!

  7. Totally craving one (or 12!) of these right now!

  8. These look so heavenly. I love the red and green m&ms… so festive!

  9. These look so yummy! I know my kids would have a blast helping me make (and eat) these!

  10. Those look very festive for the holidays!

  11. I’ll take two please! No wait. Make that three!

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