4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup nut butter
2 cups quick oats
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts (optional)


Butter a square 8-inch pan. Set aside.

Place the butter, milk, almond extract, sugar and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan. Melt over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is boiling heartily.

Remove from the heat. Stir in the nut butter until well incorporated. Stir in the oats (and chopped nuts, if using) until well coated.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and smooth it out evenly with a spatula. Let cool down a bit. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 to 5 hours before cutting into squares or rectangles.

Makes 12 squares