Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Healthy Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bars

The boys and I are back from vacation - and I'm back to cooking! We had an awesome time at Nana and Grandpa's house in the Maryland/DC area. We were so BUSY visiting the National Harbor Children's Museum, National Zoo, Clark's Farm, Port Discovery, and we played outside a lot in my parents' neighbors' grandson's John Deere power wheels. We learned that 16 month olds cannot drive, but will try their hardest to do so while sitting in the passenger seat and hitting the gas pedal while not even touching the steering wheel or looking straight ahead. Oh these boys! We also got to visit with a lot of friends who we hadn't seen in a long time. It was such a well needed visit full of love and laughter!

We did, however, miss daddy very much and we are so happy to be home with him! To show how much we missed him, the boys and I made these amazing Healthy Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bars. They are ooey gooey and moist and pretty much melt in your mouth!


- 2 1/2 cups oatmeal, old fashioned oats
- 1 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour (plus 1 tbsp. at high altitude)
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 8 oz. dark chocolate, chopped into chunks

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Melt your coconut oil in a small pot on low heat.
3. Mix oatmeal, melted coconut oil, brown sugar, flour, vanilla, eggs, baking soda and salt in your mixer until blended.
4. Add 1 cup of your chopped dark chocolate and mix.
5. Place batter in a parchment lined (or greased) 9"x13" baking dish.
6. Sprinkle remaining chocolate on the top. Bake for 25 minutes.

 Melting the coconut oil

 Mixing all ingredients together

 Chopped dark chocolate

Mixing in the dark chocolate

 Top: Batter before being baked 
Bottom: Baked Cookie Bars

 Healthy Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bars!

... I'm not sharing...

The Boys driving like crazy people on the beltway at Nana and Grandpa's house!


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