Healthier oatmeal dark chocolate bars taste every bit as decadent as a traditional bar cookie. These bars have been lightened up with Greek yogurt, coconut oil, dark chocolate, whole wheat, and are naturally sweetened. Shh! You don’t have to let anyone know these are actually good for you!
I crave chocolate after breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a few times in between. Do I indulge at each of those times–well, there are day!! Ha!
To me, chocolate is a pleasure that makes life so much more enjoyable.
And because I NEED it daily, and sometimes more than one day, I have found ways to make it a “healthier” indulgence.
And today is your lucky day because I am sharing with you a very healthy cookie bar that features chocolate!
Healthier Oatmeal Cookie Bar
Why are these bars healthier than a traditional cookie or bar cookie?
- Half the oil has been replaced with nonfat Greek yogurt.
- The remaining oil is coconut oil, which lends a great subtle flavor to these bars.
- The white flour has been replaced with a combination of oats and whole wheat flour.
- The bars are naturally sweetened with honey verses granulated sugar.
- Dark chocolate–antioxidants!
Let me be honest with you all, I was a bit nervous to mess with one of my favorite treats. However, I looked at the ingredients and was a bit disgusted with the amount of oil and sugar. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no issue eating that decadence once in a while, but everyday? Not such a good idea.
So I figured, let’s play with the recipe. What’s the worse case? I have throw the batch away and try again–I am a food blogger, I have been there, done that!!
I surprised myself by success on my first attempt.
Not just success–brilliance!
My husband, who likes his junk NOT to be messed with, declared these bars so lip smackin good, he asked me to make them to serve to friends we were having over later in the week.
- 1½ cup oats
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of sea salt
- ⅓ cup Greek yogurt
- ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanila
- ⅔ cup dark chocolate, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350. Line a 8x8 pan with parchment paper or foil.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix all dry ingredients together. Add oil, yogurt, egg,honey, and vanilla. Mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes, before eating.
Yep, go ahead have more than one. After all, everyone needs whole grains and antioxidants, right?