It doesn’t happen often.
But sometimes, I throw
kale caution to the wind and make a full-on-no-substitutions-no-hidden-veggies dessert.
I didn’t even add in chia seeds. I know. Who am I?
Truthfully, it was partly because I was making these for friends and partly because I was craving a good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie. I didn’t have the right ingredients to make a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe so I played around with a few things and the end result was a chewy, sweet, nutty cookie bar.
They came out quite good. So good that I made them twice in the same week. Oops. But sometimes you just need a real dessert. Am I right?
- ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 egg
- ¾ cups oats
- ½ cup flour (I think a gluten free blend would be fine)
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spray an 8x8 baking pan with non-stick spray.
- Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer, whatever you have) beat together to brown sugar and butter until combined.
- Beat in the vanilla, maple syrup, and egg, until combined.
- Add in the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir by hand.
- Once it's well mixed, stir in the pecans and chocolate chips.
- Press into the pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, until it begins to brown.
I’d recommend having a place to take these though because my goodness they’re tempting. I’ve got some singing their little siren song from my counter right now…
But sometimes you just need something sweet, right? You might want to just go ahead and pin these for later. Just to be safe.
Honestly, I usually try to lighten my desserts a little, so it was fun to make the “real” thing. Mmm. Chocolate.