If you gave up sweets for Lent, I formally apologize for the below recipe. It’s a long-time favorite in my family, and is great for events because it’s easy to make, it travels well, and pretty much everyone likes it.
2 c uncooked old-fashioned oats
1 1/4 c flour
3/4 c packed brown sugar
1/4 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
3/4 c butter, softened
1-2 c chopped walnuts
1-2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
Combine the oats, flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. Mix in the softened butter until it forms coarse crumbs. Press into the bottom of a sprayed 8×11 pan (Pyrex works best) in an even layer. Spread the walnuts and chocolate chips over the surface evenly. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top evenly (the best way is to use an old-fashioned church-key can opener and punch two holes in the top of the can, one for air to get in and one to pour out the milk slowly). Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.