Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars taste every bit as decadent as a traditional bar cookie. These bars have been given a healthy update 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 am a self-confessed chocoholic.
I crave chocolate after breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a few times in between. Do I indulge at each of those times–well, there are days!! Ha!
To me, chocolate is a pleasure that makes life so much more enjoyable. Like my Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups or my Salted Caramel Chocolate Bundt Cake. Heck, I even enjoy chocolate for breakfast with my Peanut Butter Chocolate Mocha and Hot Cocoa Oatmeal.
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 oatmeal cookie bar that features chocolate!
Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Why are these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie 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 (which I love to use oats in recipes) and whole wheat flour.
- The bars are naturally sweetened with maple syrup verses granulated sugar.
- Dark chocolate–antioxidants!
Yep, so that means you can go ahead have more than one Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookie Bar. After all, everyone needs whole grains and antioxidants, right?
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 classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar 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 oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars so lip smackin good, he asked me to make them to serve to friends we were having over later in the week.
You mean, I had to make these Homemade Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars again? Which means I have to eat them again?
A MILLION TIMES YES!!!
And honestly, bar cookies could not be easier to make!
Tips for Making Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
- Use gluten free 1:1 flour blend in place of whole wheat flour and certified gluten free oats for Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars.
- Feel free to use dark chocolate chunks in place of chocolate chips–I even sometimes chop up leftover chocolate bars.
- If you don’t have parchment paper, no worries–just use a bit of melted coconut oil to grease your baking dish. That will help these chocolate chip oatmeal bars not stick to the pan.
- Store chocolate chip oatmeal bars in a covered container at room temperature for 5 days. You can also freeze cooked bars for up to 3 months.
- Regular or quick cook oats can be used in these oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars.
- Feel free to use honey in place of maple syrup.
- For a gluten-free chocolate fix, check out these Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies from Gluten Free Palate.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- 1 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanila
- 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 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.