Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I've sort of decided to have a theme for this week: Healthier Comfort Food!
 Some of our favorite guilty pleasures, made slightly less guilty!
Monday we had a homemade, preservative + corn syrup free chocolate syrup. Today I'm going to share a classic childhood treat-chocolate chip cookie bars! BUT made with whole wheat and no butter (just canola oil)!

These cookie bars are so gooey and decadent, you really can't tell that anything about them is less than sinful. It's a perfect way to serve something a little healthier to a room full of kiddos (or a room full of one boyfriend, in my case). I'm not saying these are good for you by any means, however. Just, you know, a little less bad. These totally took me back to my childhood, and they're tasty as all get out!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cover a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, combine the flours and baking soda. 
  • In a larger bowl, using a spoon, stir eggs, sugars, canola oil, and vanilla until well combined.
  • Stir in the dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
  • Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips.
  • Pour dough into prepped pan, making sure to spread evenly along the bottom.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes, until a light golden brown.
  • Let cool completely (difficult, I know), then cut.

So...gooey.

Oh, and stay tuned for Friday: I'm gonna share my favorite (healthier) pizza!

17 comments:

  1. The true success of this recipe is that you retained the delicious taste and cut back on the fat. I think that the change to whole wheat probably added a little nutty flavor to this and the oil kept it nice and moist. No butter?? Obviously not something that I would miss when eating these. Yum!

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  2. Oh goodness. These look like ooey gooey heaven. I'd pair them with a big ol' glass of milk!

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  3. OMG Kayle!!! Oooey gooey deliciousness! Can I get four... er... one... with a big glass of milk? Yum!

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  4. You had me at whole wheat, Kayle :-)

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  5. Ooh, all gooey and delicious looking!

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  6. OMG! LOOKS GOOOOOOOOOD! :D

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  7. Wholegrain or not, this looks insanely delicious and perfect - what a keeper of a recipe :D
    So ooey and gooey!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  8. I love the 1/2 cup of wholewheat flour making the death by cookie a bit more healthy. Have you ever seen or made a wholewheat crumpet? I keep meaning to do it myself but get distracted by all the other things i decide to cook.

    Dave.

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    1. I haven't seen any whole wheat crumpets, but try googling it-I'm sure it's out there!

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  9. Kayle I am SO making these! They look amazing! I bet the canola oil made them even more gooey and dense :) YUM!!! Love that you added whole wheat too!

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    1. I can't claim credit, but they are super yummy! :P

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  10. Choc Chip Uru gave me the versatile blogger award and now I'm passing it on to you. Check it out at http://foodstoriesblog.com/2012/05/10/sandwich-bites-with-sweet-mustard-sauce-blog-love-part-2/

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  11. ok, i made chocolate chip cookie bars once before and they were all hard and not super great. and i thought, well maybe cookie bars just aren't as good as cookies. but these look sooooo sooo good and all gooey inside! i will definitely be trying this!

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    1. These are def. gooey! Little secret though? Cookies are totally better.

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  12. So i finally sat down to thank you for this recipe! I make this all the time and always turns out great! I make it with all 70% whole wheat, cutting down the flour to just a hair over 2 cups (about 2 1/8 cups.) Such a great recipe , thank you again!

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    1. That's so great-I'm super happy that you liked it!

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