Vegan Revel Bars - Hell Yeah It's Vegan!
This next recipe is a favorite passed down from my mother’s mother. They’ve always been referred to in my family as “Revel Bars,” though a few years ago I found eerily similar recipe in Joy of Cooking called “Chocolate Oat Bars.” In any case, a quick google shows that this name (and basic recipe) is pretty ubiquitous, so maybe a few of you have had the joy of tasting these bars before. I have no words for how excellent these are. They have density and heft; their oatmeal layers are buttery, rich, and cookie-like, and the smooth chocolate center is reminiscent of fudge. When I was little, my mother would make these for picnics, sealing half the big batch in the deep freezer in the basement. Of course, this didn’t stop me and my brothers from eating them. When no one was looking, we would creep down the creaky stairs to this electric vestige of our Iowan roots, quietly crack the lid, and grope around until we got our hands on a frozen cookie bar. (I’m pretty sure my mother was none-too-impressed with the way those tupperware containers mysteriously emptied themselves.) To this day I love these bars straight from …
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