Chocolate chip oat bars are a fun twist on the classic cookie. Bars are always lower maintenance than cookies, which makes this even more of a win!
Little Miss recently celebrated her half birthday. Since she has an August birthday, we send in treats for her classmates on her half birthday instead the last day of school.
It’s a fun tradition – and we celebrate half birthdays at home, too, with dinner of the celebrating child’s choice and cupcakes instead of a real cake.
This year, Little Miss told me that she wanted me to make the chocolate chip cookie brownies like I did last year because they were so good.
Unfortunately, I don’t recall making chocolate chip cookie brownies last year. Scrolling through my archives in the hopes that I had posted the recipe and I could simply remake it found a recipe for pumpkin swirl brownies from around the right time, but I didn’t feel like making those – and I didn’t remember sending them into school with her either.
So I got creative, because what is she going to do – refuse to take them to school? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.
Since she’d requested chocolate chip cookie brownies, I decided to use that as my inspiration. I wanted something soft and chewy with bite to it, even though I knew it was unlikely that I was going to be able to enjoy any of them myself. I finally decided to make a chocolate chip oat bar that would hopefully satisfy her.
When she saw them the night before her half birthday, she ooohed. I had hit the nail right on the head. Thank goodness. And the verdict? They rocked the house.
How to Make Chocolate Chip Oat Bars
Melt the butter (or the coconut oil if you’re dairy free like Little Miss). Place it in a mixing bowl, along with the brown sugar.
Beat it until fully combined and then a bit longer. Unlike creaming room temperature butter and sugar, it won’t get the same light and fluffy feel, but that’s ok.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure it’s all getting mixed.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between additions. This is when your batter will start to look more familiar.
Add the vanilla and cinnamon and beat well again. Add the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir until fully combined.
Add the flour and stir until just incorporated. Add the oats and do the same, and ditto with the chocolate chips. You will have a nice, very stiff dough at this point.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13×9 pan.
Instead of dumping the entire bowl of dough into the pan, I take out scoops and place them around the pan. It’s easier to then flatten them into an even-ish surface and retain the grease underneath it than it is if you do all the dough in one big glop.
I use lightly floured (clean) fingers to press it down instead of a spatula because it seems to work better for me.
Bake the bars for 35-40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Let them cool in the pan for an hour before cutting, then serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to three days. If they last that long.
Have you ever had chocolate chip oat bars?
- 3/4 c butter
- 1 1/2 c brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 t vanilla
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/4 t baking soda
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 3/4 c flour
- 1 3/4 c oats
- 2 c chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9 pan.
- Melt butter and add to mixing bowl with brown sugar. Beat it until fully combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well between additions. Add vanilla and cinnamon and beat well again.
- Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir until fully combined. Add flour and stir until just incorporated. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
- Scoop batter into pan, then press into a flat layer.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
- Cool in pan for an hour before cutting, then serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to three days.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 bar
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 269 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 91mg Carbohydrates: 36g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 21g Protein: 4g