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Delicious And Easy Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

Chocolate chip oat bars are a fun twist on the classic cookie. Some links are affiliate links the earn me a commission if you purchase through them.

Yummy chocolate chip oatmeal bars

Bars are always lower maintenance than cookies, which makes this even more of a win! I love not having to take pans of cookies in and out of the oven over and over.

I made these after my daughter asked me to make the “yummy chocolate chip cookie brownies like I did last year because they were so good.” Ummmmm. Ok?

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.

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So I got creative. I wanted something soft and chewy with bite to it. I finally decided to make a chocolate chip oat bar that would hopefully satisfy her.

When she saw them, 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. 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. Once combined, add the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir.

Add the flour and stir until just incorporated. Finally, 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 with my spatula 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.

Dollops of dough in the pan works better than a giant glop

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.

Tray of chocolate chip oat bars

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Eating a chocolate chip oat bar

Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

These bars are chewy with a little bit to them. The oats provide a great texture and flavor for these alternatives to the traditional chocolate chip cookie.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Michelle

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter unsalted
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cups oats
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9 pan.
  • Melt butter and add to mixing bowl with brown sugar. Beat until fully combined. Scrape down sides of the bowl as needed.
    3/4 cup butter, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well between additions. Mix in vanilla and cinnamon, and beat well again.
    2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 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.
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 3/4 cups flour, 1 3/4 cups oats, 2 cups 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.

Notes

  • While semi-sweet chocolate chips is the norm for this recipe, you can swap in milk chocolate or even butterscotch chips for some or all of the chocolate chips.
  • For more tips and tricks, be sure to read the full article above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 91mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g

This site uses an online source to provide nutrition estimates as a courtesy. If you need exact values, please calculate yourself.

Easy chocolate chip oat bars

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  1. Teach Me Tuesday #5 - Someday I'll Learn says:

    […] from Honest and Truly made these delicious Chocolate Chip Oat Bars, which can easily be adjusted for lactose-intolerant […]

  2. Pat says:

    I like the idea of using a scoop to distribute the dough more evenly in the baking dish so as to retain the greased surface. I am always looking for recipes like this because at our church the last half of the alphabet last names bring snacks for after the services on Sunday every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. This recipe is a definite winner!! Thanks, Michelle.

    • Michelle says:

      I hate it when I’ve gone through all the trouble of greasing a dish and making a great dessert and then it gets stuck in the pan in places. This seems to work for me – so I hope it does for you, too. And yes, I think your church would enjoy it. You bring in snacks a LOT! Ours is fortunately a little less often 🙂

  3. Cecile says:

    These look so tasty! I love anything with oats in them.

    • Michelle says:

      I’m with you! Oats make everything so chewy and yummy. I winged it and they worked out beautifully. I love it when that happens. I made a second pan, and they disappeared just as fast – at least I got to eat some that time though!

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