Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

Aaaand the chocolate chip cookie theme is back. I'm not sure if it ever left...

You've seen coconut, banana, almond/oat, almond/coconut, peanut butter and walnut. Adding to the repertoire are these oatmeal chocolate chunk (cookie) bars. We're branching out, hey?
In all honesty, cookies are always my fall back. Chocolate chip cookies, to be exact. They last long, which means there's no need to worry if we have an entire loaf of chocolate banana bread lying around as well because cookies and cakes/loaves are in two completely different categories! They're no-fuss, easy-to-eat and filled with lots of chocolate-y goodness!

These cookie bars have everything going for them - they're crunchy, oat-y, chewy, hearty, oozing with chocolate chunks. They definitely stand up to a hot cup of coffee/tea or a tall glass of cold milk. They're the perfect snack to satisfy those elevenzies (mid-morning 11 am cravings!) or the pick-me-ups we all need in the afternoon.

These bars are made with heart-healthy oats, brain-boosting coconut oil and antioxidant-rich dark chocolate chunks. Therefore, they're practically a health food. Which means it was ok that I ate more than three, right?

It's time to get cookie bar baking!

Makes 12 bars
1 cup whole rolled oats
3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup + 2 tsp unrefined sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil, softened
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 170 C. Line a rectangular, flat(ish) 9 x 13 inch baking tray/dish with baking paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking soda and salt. Add in the oats and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar and coconut oil until creamy. Add in the egg and beat again. Finally, add the vanilla and yogurt and beat until light and smooth.

Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet the ingredients. Stir gently until a dough comes together.

Fold in the chocolate chunks.

In the prepared baking tray, press in the cookie mixture. Bake for 25 minutes and until crispy and golden brown on top.

Cool in the tray for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Slice into squares and serve. Enjoy!

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