These Cake Batter Oatmeal Walnut Bars were a complete fluke. I was attempting to make “Orange Coconut Cream Bars” from a recipe in one of my cookbooks called “Favorite Brand Name Incredibly Easy Cake Mix” about all things cake batter. For whatever reason, I screwed up. I realized it THE MINUTE I poured the sweetened condensed milk into the cake mix!
“Oh, Charlie!” I wailed. “I screwed up!” “Well, start over,” he suggested. “No, I’m going to bake it anyway and make the correct version tomorrow.” So, I baked them anyway and they turned out really good! In fact, if you like oatmeal and walnuts, this recipe’s a keeper!
Even though they are made with cake mix and sweetened condensed milk, they aren’t terribly sweet, so you could even eat them for breakfast! I’m really not kidding; the oatmeal gives them a breakfast-like quality although I’m sure they are filled with lots of sugar from the cake mix and sweetened condensed milk. But, hey, if you make a batch and they aren’t scarfed up by your family right away, just know that you can throw a few into a baggie as you are headed out the door and you.are.covered!
The other thing to note is that they are tasty FOR DAYS! They are not one of those cookie recipes that if you don’t eat them the same day they are baked, they are all mealy and crumbly the next day and barely edible. No sirree Bob! They are good for days…we are now on our 3rd day of eating them and they still taste as good as the day they were baked.
Here’s another idea on how to serve them: place a square in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until warm (30 seconds to 1 minute depending on your microwave). Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pour on caramel sauce, sprinkle with more walnuts and white chocolate chips and voila’ – a delicious guest-worthy dessert! Just saying…
Anyway, here’s what I did in living color:
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9″ x 13″ pan and set aside. I used my Misto. Sorry, I forgot to edit this photo – you get the bright lights shining on my countertop!
- Pour your cake mix in a bowl.
- Add oatmeal.
- Add chopped walnuts.
- Mix together to combine.
- Add one egg.
- Add one can sweetened condensed milk.
- Add melted butter.
- Stir to combine.
- Pour into greased 9″ x 13″ pan and bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. Allow to cool completely before cutting into 2″ bars.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 package yellow cake mix (I used a butter recipe cake mix)
- 1 cup of old-fashioned oats, uncooked
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 large egg
- 1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
- ½ cup of butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Lightly grease a 9" x 13" baking pan and set aside.
- Pour cake mix into mixing bowl.
- Add oatmeal and walnuts and stir to combine.
- Add egg, sweetened condensed milk and melted butter and mix well.
- Turn batter out into prepared baking pan and spread around until batter completely covers pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes in preheated oven.
- Cool completely before cutting into squares.
(other cake batter recipes)
- A Box of Yellow Cake Mix: 5 Cookie Bar Recipes You’ll Love
- Cake Batter 50/50 Bars
- Cake Batter Chess Bars
- Cake Batter Fudge Bars
- Cake Batter Triple-Chocolate Caramel Bars