Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

recipes snacks sweets Feb 28, 2021

You know when you love something so much that you make it week after week? Well, this has been that recipe for me lately.

There’s just something about a classic oatmeal chocolate chip cookie that does it for me. Maybe it’s the chew and texture of the oats or the burst of sweetness from the chocolate? Regardless, this combo simply can’t be beat in my opinion.

And while I could have made these into a classic cookie, I decided to mix things up a bit with these easy peasy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! They make for the perfect meal prepped dessert, snack or even breakfast on the go.

I also just love anything in “bar” form, but maybe that’s just me? It’s just such an easy way to whip up something tasty in no time at all. AND they’re portable!

For some more tasty bars to whip up, check out more of my favs:

Plus, I even made this recipe into a “cookie cake” for a family member’s birthday, and it was such a fun way to celebrate! And who doesn’t love cookie cake, right?

When using oats in any recipe, I look for gluten-free and sprouted when possible, though you can most certainly use whatever rolled oats you have in your pantry. Sprouted grains, nuts, seeds, etc. simply retain more of their nutritional value and are easier to digest, so it’s an added bonus if available. I tend to find sprouted options at Whole Foods.

Likewise, chocolate chips are essential in this recipe, of course. I typically love and use Lily’s Semi Sweet Baking Chips as they’re stevia-sweetened and just so dang tasty.

And to hold these two key ingredients together, you’ll need flour and a binder. My go-to for baking is almond flour, though you could substitute for oat flour if need be. Likewise, I tried swapping the eggs for flax eggs in this recipe, and it worked perfectly!

Such a substitution would make these bars vegan and the dough completely edible if you just want to go to town (which is always the best part, no?).

To make a flax egg, just mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseed with three tablespoons of water and allow to thicken for 10-15 minutes. Putting this mixture in the fridge will help this process as well.

Once you mix all of your ingredients together, place the dough into a lined 8×8 baking pan, and bake until slightly golden around the edges.

Slice them up into 9 bars, and you have the perfect treat to share with friends and family or to enjoy as your dessert for the week!

Give me a shout if you decide to give this tasty recipe a try by tagging me on Instagram or leaving a comment below  .


  

 YIELDS9 Servings
 PREP TIME10 mins COOK TIME23 mins TOTAL TIME33 mins

 

Ingredients
  •  2 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
  •  1 cup almond flour
  •  ½ cup creamy almond butter
  •  â…“ cup coconut oil, melted
  •  2  eggs (or flax eggs for a vegan option)
  •  ¼ cup maple syrup
  •  ½ cup vegan chocolate chips, plus more for toppingI love Lily's Semi-Sweet Baking Chips
  •  1 tsp vanilla extract
  •  pinch of salt

 

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
To a medium-sized bowl, add almond butter, coconut oil, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla. Whisk to incorporate.
Add oats, almond flour, chocolate chips and salt. Mix to create a well-combined dough.
Pour batter into lined baking sheet, and press into an even layer.
Bake for 23 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.
Allow to cool completely before cutting into 9 squares. Enjoy!

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