Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Bars
These Oatmeal Cookie Bars actually are healthy, although they don’t taste it! Made with no refined sugar (thank you maple syrup for the sweetness) and only 1/4 cup whole wheat flour. The majority of these bars is nut butter (I used almond) and oats! See, I told you. Healthy! Great for kids and adults alike! I love them for a sweet treat or quick on-the-go snack.
The inspiration for these bars came after I completed a January Whole30. I was SO excited to have all the foods back into my life, but I didn’t want to go crazy either. I wanted a sweet treat that I still felt good about. And boy, did these fit the bill.
What You’ll Need:
- Rolled Oats
- Whole Wheat Flour (you can use all purpose white flour if it’s all you have on hand)
- Baking Soda and Salt
- Ground Cinnamon
- Chocolate Chips (I prefer using mini!)
- A smooth Nut Butter of choice. I use Almond Butter (hello peanut allergy).
- Pure Maple Syrup. The real stuff! It provides the sweetness in a natural way.
- Vanilla Extract
These bars are SUPER easy to mix together. No stand or electric mixer needed. Just stir it all up with your handy dandy spoon. You will want to mix the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls before combining. The dough will be THICK.
Once combined, add the dough to your prepared pan. Press it all around so it’s nice and even. I like to spray my pan with cooking spray, line with parchment paper (to give easy handles to lift the bars out), and spray the paper one more time for good measure. Then into the preheated oven they go!
Your Oatmeal Cookie Bars will be done in less than 20 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when they’re set – give the pan a shake and see if they stay put and don’t jiggle. They’ll also be very lightly browned. Try not to over-bake them so they still have that soft, slightly gooey center.
Are you on board that these Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Bars can be enjoyed any time of the day? Quick on-the-go breakfast or morning snack? Yep. Afternoon pick-me-up to get you past the 3pm slump? Yep. A late night treat to satisfy your chocolate craving with a cold glass of milk? Heck yes.