If you have ever tried our Stone Ground Oat Bran & Nuts Cookie Mix you know that it bakes into cookies that are quite rich in whole grains. These ultra-healthy cookies get their substance from 100% whole wheat pastry flour, heart-healthy oat bran and hearty rolled oats. These cookies make a great alternative to all the ordinary refined flour based treats that are surround us during the holiday season.
But if you find yourself craving a treat that combines the best of both worlds, do I have a recipe for you! After a bit of experimenting with the original mix, I wanted to emphasize nut flavor of the walnuts by adding peanut butter and flax seed meal. I found that adding some applesauce helps moisten all those whole grains to make the cookie softer and chewier. And of course, I couldn’t forget the chocolate chips – they make everything better. This particular recipe is vegan (dairy and egg free), but if you would like to make the bars using traditional ingredients, the substitutes they are listed right below the recipe.
These Oat Bran Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars are perfect for both the whole grain lover, and anyone who loves chocolate and peanut butter together. The recipe does double-duty by combining the nutritious qualities of whole grains with the flavor and sweetness of a traditional bad-for-you cookie. It has very little sugar, high protein and a high fiber content to keep you satisfied longer, although you might still want to eat them all at once. These bars are great for a midday treat, or a yummy dessert served warm and topped with vanilla ice cream. Whatever you decide, I hope you enjoy them as much as the customers of Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store have.
Thanks for reading and happy baking!
Oat Bran Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars
½ cup non-hydrogenated margarine
1 cup peanut butter
3 T. flaxseed meal mixed in ½ cup warm water
¼ cup applesauce
1 pkg. Bob’s Red Mill Oat Bran & Nuts Cookie Mix
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare flaxseed mixture.
In a mixing bowl, cream margarine until soft.
Add peanut butter, flaxseed mixture and applesauce and combine completely.
Incorporate the package of cookie mix, followed by the chocolate chips. This dough will be very similar to a cookie dough texture.
Press evenly into an 8 in. by 8 in. greased square baking pan.
Bake for 25 minutes in a conventional oven at 350 degrees.
Substitutes: Replace 2 eggs for the flaxseed mixture and ½ cup butter for the margarine.
Recipe and Writing By: Meagan Nuchols