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"HEALTHY" DARK CHOCOLATE OATMEAL COOKIE BARS

"HEALTHY" DARK CHOCOLATE OATMEAL COOKIE BARS

If you're looking for a way to eat cookies for breakfast, this is it. I mean, I'm not above eating actual cookies for a meal, but for the sake of calling ourselves adults, let's make these instead. You can use any chocolate you like, but just remember that dark chocolate is the most heart-healthy (and if we're being honest, it's the best...in general). 

healthy dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookie bars

Start by chopping bars of baker's dark chocolate into half-inch (ish) chunks. 

chopped dark chocolate

You'll be using coconut oil for this recipe (for health reasons and for the most incredible baking smell you've ever smelled). If you don't like coconut oil or don't have any on hand, canola oil is fine. You might not need as much if you're going that route. Other healthy swaps: use half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour. These are practically a kale salad at this point!

old fashioned oats
oatmeal cookie bar ingredients
dark chocolate oatmeal cookie bar batter

ingredients

2 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup coconut oil, melted (if need you may sub canola oil)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped into chunks (about 1 1/2 cups)

instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees + grease a 9x13 inch baking dish or line with foil or parchment paper.
2. In a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, combine all ingredients except chocolate. Beat until dough holds together (the dough will seem oily, this is good). Mix in about 1 cup of the dark chocolate chunks.
3. Turn half the batter out into prepared pan, pushing dough into pan. Sprinkle on the remaining dark chocolate chunks, then place the remaining half of the dough over the chunks. Some of the chunks will most likely be sticking outβ€”don't worry about it looking perfect.
4. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Underdone is always better. Allow bars to cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

cookie bars pre-bake
cookie bars

What's your favorite "healthy" baked good? Let me know in the comments!

dark chocolate "healthy" cookie bars
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