I love fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. (Oh, who am I kidding? I love just about any fresh-baked dessert!) But, I must admit, I really don't like to bake cookies. I hate having to stand around and wait for each individual tray to bake and in the process, giving up an hour or two of my time to get them all done. That's why I absolutely LOVE bar cookies. The entire batch gets done all at the same time. I just set the timer and pull them out of the oven when they're done. No standing around necessary!
I saw this recipe over at Food Allergy Mama a while back and just knew I had to make them. Quick and easy -- they turned out great. The oatmeal makes them nice and chewy. Yum!
Chocolate Chip Oat Bars
1/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/4 cup quick cooking oats (not instant)
1 cup MSPI-friendly chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch pan with foil and coat with baking spray.
In a mixer, combine the shortening, brown sugar, vanilla and applesauce. In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Add to shortening mixture. Stir in oats and chips. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Cool slightly and cut into bars.
Tip: Don't have applesauce on hand? Use one egg instead.