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Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookie Breakfast Bars

Posted By Cara On 01/16/2013 @ 12:00 pm In Baking For Others | 44 Comments

With Food Network’s Comfort Food Feast hosting a day of chocolate chip cookies in virtuous January, I racked my brain for a recipe that I could share with you that wouldn’t, you know, tempt you to eat chocolate chip cookies if you didn’t want to go there yet.

(If you do want to, we’ve got some options! Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares [1]. Chocolate Chip Cookies with Milk and Dark Chocolate [2]. Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake [3]. Chocolate Chip Macaroons [4]. Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies [5]. Coffee-Toffee Ice Cream Sandwich Squares [6]. Insane.)

I remembered a recipe from Weelicious [7], a blog and book [7] about cooking for kids and families. That seemed an unexpected choice for a quarter-life cook, but stay with me. I love kid food. The recipe I remembered is for breakfast bars, not-too-sweet rectangles of baked oatmeal punctuated by fruit and nuts.

To make my bars suitable for the adult palates around here, I made a couple of changes. Alex is a guy who believes in breakfast dessert, which usually takes the form of a small handful of chocolate chips. So chocolate chips replaced the fruit. The original recipe calls for applesauce, which isn’t something I usually have around. Out went applesauce, in went peanut butter (banned, I hear, in schools).

Last, I used pecans, whose rich, sweet flavor enhanced the chocolatey nature of these cookie-bars which function as a real, healthful, portable breakfast. In fact, I’m even more likely to eat these as snacks than breakfast, and I sometimes wrap them in plastic and stock in my purse, just in case hunger strikes. 

Here are the other awesome chocolate chip cookies other bloggers have made for Food Network’s Comfort Food Feast. Yum!

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies [8]
What’s Gaby Cooking: Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies [9]
The Lemon Bowl: Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies [10]
From My Corner of Saratoga: Chocolate Chip Cookies [11]
Napa Farmhouse 1885: New Year’s Resolution Chocolate Chip Cookies [12]
Red or Green?: Tao’s Double-Chocolate Chip Cookies [13]
Made By Michelle: The Best Blondies, Ever [14]
Cooking With Elise: Chocolate Chip Cookies [15]
Sweet Life Bike: Dulce de Leche Chocolate Chip Cookies [16]
Virtually Homemade: Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies [17]
The Cultural Dish: Chocolate Chip Cookie Goodness [18]
Thursday Night Dinner: Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake [19]
Dishin & Dishes: Chocolaty Chocolate Chip Cookies [20]
Daily*Dishin: Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Cookies With Pecans [21]
Devour:5 Takes on Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies [22]
FN Dish: The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie [23]


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars
Makes 16 bars or 32 squares
Adapted from Weelicious [24]

These are not too sweet at all – more like a bowl of oatmeal than a cookie. In my book, that’s ideal for breakfast and snacking. If you’d like them sweeter, add an extra tablespoon or two of brown sugar, and/or use milk chocolate chips instead of the semisweet. Also, if your peanut butter is very smooth or at room temperature, you probably won’t need the electric mixer – just stir everything together. Since my peanut butter was cold and stiff, it was helpful to have the mixer to incorporate into the other ingredients. These keep well in the fridge for 5 days.

2 cup oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup neutral oil
1 egg
1 1/2 cup milk or almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
3/4 cup pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease two 4 1/2 by 8 1/2-inch loaf pans.

Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Beat together the peanut butter, sugar, and oil with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then, whisk in the milk by hand – carefully, so you don’t splatter. Stir in the vanilla.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and fold to combine. Stir in chocolate and 1/2 cup nuts and pour the batter into the two prepared pans. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining pecans.

Bake the bars for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden. Using an offset spatula, loosen the bars from the pan and turn onto a rack to cool completely. When cool, cut each pan into 8 bars. If you want smaller servings, cut each bar in half. Store in the fridge.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares: http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/2009/12/forgotten-chocolate-chip-cookie-squares.html

[2] Chocolate Chip Cookies with Milk and Dark Chocolate: http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/2009/11/chocolate-chip-cookies-with-milk-and-semi-sweet-chips.html

[3] Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake: http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/2010/12/baking-for-others-cookie-cake-for-j.html

[4] Chocolate Chip Macaroons: http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/2009/04/potluck-parties-unleavened-treats.html

[5] Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies: http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/2012/11/flourless-peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

[6] Coffee-Toffee Ice Cream Sandwich Squares: http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/2009/07/recipe-flash-ice-cream-sandwiches.html

[7] Weelicious: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062078445/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=biggirsmakit-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0062078445

[8] Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies: http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2013/01/gluten-free-chocolate-cranberry-walnut-cookies.html

[9] Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies: http://whatsgabycooking.com/salted-brown-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies

[10] Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies: http://thelemonbowl.com/?p=4635

[11] Chocolate Chip Cookies: http://www.frommycornerofsaratoga.com/2013/01/comfort-food-fest-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

[12] New Year’s Resolution Chocolate Chip Cookies: http://napafarmhouse1885.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-years-resolution-chocolate-chip.html

[13] Tao’s Double-Chocolate Chip Cookies: http://redorgreenchile.blogspot.com/2013/01/taos-double-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

[14] The Best Blondies, Ever: http://www.madebymichellec.com/?p=4148

[15] Chocolate Chip Cookies: http://cookingwithelise.com/comfort-foods-feast-week-3-chocolate-chip-cookies

[16] Dulce de Leche Chocolate Chip Cookies: http://sweetlifebake.com/2013/01/15/dulce-de-leche-chocolate-chip-cookies/

[17] Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies: http://www.virtuallyhomemade.com/2013/01/salted-caramel-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

[18] Chocolate Chip Cookie Goodness: http://theculturaldish.blogspot.com/2013/01/chocolate-chip-cookie-goodness.html

[19] Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake: http://www.thursdaynightdinner.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1457:chocolate-chip-coffee-cake&Itemid=64

[20] Chocolaty Chocolate Chip Cookies: http://www.dishinanddishes.com/recipe/chocolaty-chocolate-chip-cookies

[21] Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Cookies With Pecans: http://dailydishinblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/chocolate-chip-and-candied-bacon.html

[22] 5 Takes on Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies: http://blog.cookingchanneltv.com/2013/01/16/pick-your-mix-in-5-takes-on-classic-chocolate-chip-cookies

[23] The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2013/01/the-perfect-chocolate-chip-cookie-comfort-food-feast/

[24] Weelicious: http://bit.ly/UfxtS2

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