I feel it is fitting to share this recipe with you on this very happy Friday. It’s Healthy Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bars (Idiot Proof), so you have to try them!!
Because yesterday we fried lobster and cheese all at the same time.
But is summer and it was lobster, and blue cheese, and so worth it.
Oh and yes, these are idiot proof, and filled to the max (and I mean MAX) with dark chocolate. Oh and yes, I am so calling them healthy.
Because it’s Friday.
No, but honestly these are completely idiot proof.
Okay, but wait. I have to tell you the the words “idiot proof” are not mine. I was texting with my cousin, Maggie last night and she was telling me she needed and” idiot proof” chicken recipe.
Oddly, I really liked those words. Idiot proof, it just kind of makes me laugh. I know, so lame.
Really, someone leave me some funny comments. Obviously, I need some better stuff.
These are not chicken.
But really, cookies or chicken?
They win every time.
Plus, these are easier than most chicken recipes.
One bowl, one mixer, one pan. Done.
Not even five minutes to throw the cookie dough together.
Then maybe twenty to twenty-five minutes in the oven. Done.
Only one bowl to clean and hot loaded chocolate cookies in twenty-five minutes. Ah…heck yes!
But I promise chicken next week. K?
These cookies, or bars or whatever?
They are totally everyone’s favorite. My mom has made them for probably her entire life. I have been surely eating them my entire life and pretty much every single person who walk through our door asks if we have any of these cookies lying around.
Which we usually do. They are kind of a staple around here.
The original recipe may not have had any whole wheat flour, but is has never had ANY butter.
Normally I am pretty dedicated to my butter. I mean, I really do think butter can make just about anything better. That is of course, with the exception of these.
These are somehow perfectly moist, perfectly crumbly and completely fool-proof. The only way you can screw them up is if you burn them, but even then they are still pretty darn good.
But don’t burn them, they are the best just a tad doughy.
How do you guys feel about dark chocolate?
Honestly, I will always prefer milk to dark. I grew up having milk chocolate Malley’s bars and Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate chips. So I think those flavors will always be ingrained into me.
But I am most definitely not saying I do not like dark. Because I do.
Especially with these bars.
Oatmeal and dark chocolate just work. Really well!
Healthy Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bars (Idiot Proof)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish or line with foil or parchment papper.
In a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, add the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, melted coconut oil, eggs and vanilla and beat until combined and the dough holds together (the dough will seem oily, this is good). Mix in about 1 cup of the dark chocolate chunks.
Turn half the batter out into prepared pan, pushing the dough into pan. Sprinkle on the remaining dark chocolate chunks and then place the remaining half of the dough over the chunks. Some of the chunks will most likely be sticking out, that is fine. Don't worry about it looking perfect. If desired you may even add more chocolate to the top. Most of the time I do.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes, just do not over bake. Underdone is always better in my opinion. Allow bars to cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. The bars are crumbly so you may want to us a fork... My dad does.
P.S. We pretty much eat these after breakfast, lunch and dinner….just about everyday.