Monday, July 14, 2014

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

There is a debate in our house about whether these should be called bars or cookies. Fletcher says they are cookies. I call them bars, because then I can justify eating them for breakfast! My friend Kari brought us these bars when she came to meet Peanut. And I think about them all time. I have made them twice since she brought them to us. I would make them weekly, but we eat them way too I try to refrain! These are the perfect snack for a nursing mom. I oftentimes am hungry in the middle of the night, but it is a hassle to try to get a quick snack so I just stay hungry. These were perfect for the middle of the night. Maybe that is why they don't last long in our house...I eat them all day and night. I read a list this week of "Top 12 Super Foods for Nursing Moms", oats AND coconut oil made the list. So that made me feel even more excited about this recipe. Thanks, Kari for introducing us to these delicious bars!
Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
Recipe from Half Baked Harvest
2 and 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup AP flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup coconut oil, melted (may sub canola oil)
2 eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla
8 oz. dark chocolate

  • Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x13 pan with foil.
  • In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add oats, flour (both), brown sugar, baking soda, coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla and beat until combined and the dough holds together. The dough will be oily. Mix in about 1 cup of the dark chocolate chips. 
  • Turn half the batter into the pan and press down along the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the remaining dark chocolate chips on top, then top with remaining batter. Some of the chunks will be sticking out. 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes --- do not over bake. Allow the bars to cool before slicing and serving. The bars are crumbly, so have a napkin handy!

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