Moist & Chewy Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

      

Do you have a soft spot for soft and chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and cookie bars? (I sure do.)

Would you like to be able to indulge in a lighter healthier version that still tastes delicious?

Well, here’s a recipe for healthier low-fat chocolate chip oatmeal cookie bars that turn out moist and chewy. I think you’re gonna love them.

They’re very easy to make and can be modified in lots of different ways. Next time I make them I’m going to add chopped walnuts and dried cranberries

Be careful not to over-bake these cookie bars.  Because they are low fat, they will not be moist if cooked too long so it’s probably best to pull them out as soon as you think they’re done.

Enjoy!

Moist & Chewy Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Moist & Chewy Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Moist & Chewy Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe
 
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A great recipe for quick and easy healthier low fat oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars that tastes great.
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • Moist & Chewy Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Bake Time: 20 to 25 minutes
  • Makes: 16 cookie bars
  • Ingredients
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons non-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/4 cups rolled oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • ¾ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Pull out a 8 x 8-inch pan. Spray with nonstick cooking spray or for super easy cleanup, line it with aluminum foil and spray the foil.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt until blended.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, applesauce, and brown sugar together until creamy and well blended.
  5. Add the egg, milk and vanilla and whisk until well blended.
  6. Add the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon just until the dry ingredients are moistened.
  7. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips and mix well.
  8. Press the dough onto the bottom of your prepared 8 x 8-inch pan
  9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and cool completely in the pan.
  11. Cut into 16 squares.
  12. Once completely cool, store tightly covered.
Martha’s Notes
Nutritional estimates per serving (1 cookie bar): 126 calories, 4.9 g fat, 18.3 g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, 2.1g protein, 3 Weight Watchers Points Plus Values I love this super-easy low fat healthier bar cookie recipe. It’s so simple and delicious. You can modify this recipe in lots of ways. I like to use a combination of all-purpose and wholegrain flour but use whatever you like best. Barley and oat flour are good choices. You can use whatever kind of chips you like or a combination. I think half peanut butter chips and half chocolate chips or half butterscotch and half chocolate would be great. Add your favorite chopped nuts and/or dried fruit, but if you are a Weight Watchers member, adjust your PointsPlus value accordingly.

 

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  1. Becky says

    Hi there, we’ve made these a few times now at our house, and they’re good with dried cranberries too. I’m not sure about the points plus value though. I put these in my WW recipe builder exactly as you listed on this page, and the points came out to 5 per bar, not 3. How did you calculate the nutritional value of the recipe?

    • says

      Hi Becky,

      Glad you like the bars. I calculate the PointsPlus value by entering the recipe into a nutritional software program to determine the calories and grams of fat, fiber, carbs and protein and then use my PointsPlus calculator to determine the PointsPlus. I want to include the actual calories, fat, fiber, carbs, and protein information on my recipes so I can always go back and double check them or adjust if Weight Watchers were to change the way PointsPlus values are calculated and the Recipe Builder only gives the PointsPlus values.

      To be safe with your weight loss, always go with the higher PointsPlus value that you calculated!

  2. Christina says

    Is this the recipe from the lid of the Quaker Oatmeal container? It looks very similar…so yummy! I always add cranrasins, coconut flakes, and dark choc chips.

    • says

      Thanks, Christina. It’s probably similar but I’ve tweaked it a bit to make it lower in fat! It’s hard to go wrong with oatmeal cookies and bars as far as I’m concerned :-)

  3. Jennie says

    These were fantastic! I did change it a bit, but not extensively. I doubled the recipe. Subbed the AP flour with almond flour (fatter, but healthier), subbed half the oil with more applesauce, and used a third less brown sugar because my homemade applesauce was honey sweetened. I also used EVOO instead of canola. My kids were less than thrilled with bar cookies, since I’d never made them before and they were “different” but try LOVED THEM. Thanks for a great basic recipe!!

    • says

      Jennie,

      Thanks for sharing your modifications with us! Adjusting recipes to suit your tastes is part of the fun of cooking and baking. I’m glad my basic recipe worked for you !

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