It’s not always decadence over here!
Clearly, I’ve been (informally, but formally) designated my office baker. 🙂 Whenever it’s someone’s birthday, I ask for requests and then usually bring in something that’s gone before lunchtime. Not to toot my own horn or anything….
Anyway, this week we celebrated two people’s birthdays and both are making an effort to eat healthier. I wanted to help them along in their endeavor and these squares turned out to be a huge hit! I found the recipe here and doctored it just a tiny bit. Using whole wheat flour instead of white, coconut oil instead of butter, dark chocolate instead of milk or semi-sweet, and oats really made this a healthier option. No flavor is sacrificed!! I was pleasantly surprised 🙂
Let’s get baking!! I loved how simple this was. The original author called this recipe idiot proof and it really is! You honestly don’t even have to separate wet & dry ingredients if you don’t want to….it’s super easy 🙂
Reduced-Guilt Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Squares — yields approx. 18 bars
- 2.5 c. old-fashioned oats
- 2 c. whole wheat flour (the original recipe called for 1 c. of white flour and 1 c. wheat but I did 2 c. wheat)
- 1 c. brown sugar (the only ingredient I couldn’t let go of!!)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 c. coconut oil, melted (if you need to, substitute canola oil)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 1.5 c. dark chocolate chips or chunks, depending on what you purchase
Here’s what makes this reduced guilt!! 🙂 🙂
~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~ Literally, just put everything into a bowl of your mixer. The oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, coconut oil*, eggs, vanilla, and 1 c. of the chocolate chips. Reserve about 1/2 c. for later 🙂 You’ll see what to do with these.
* Quick note about the coconut oil — I scooped 1 c. of the hardened oil into a measuring cup. I put it in the microwave and checked on it every 30 seconds or so, stirring to avoid burning. If you need more, add more. Try to get about a full cup of melted oil.
Literally just pour alllll of it in there. Turn on the mixer and done!!
~ Let the mixer do the work!! While the mixer is mixing, grease or butter a 9×13″ pan. i used coconut oil spray.
~ Press 1/2 of the batter into the pan. Spread it all out evenly into the corners. The dough will seem crumbly but that’s ok!! Cover that 1/2 with the remainder of the chocolate chips. Cover with the other 1/2 of the dough!
~ Put the pan into the oven for 20-25 minutes. It’ll be hard to tell when they’re done, but 25 minutes should be more than enough. Allow the bars to rest in the pan for at least 30min before cutting into them.
~ I cut this into about 24 small bars, but it would yield 18 larger bars. These were definitely a hit — and you’ll see why <3 Enjoy!!