Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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Not all chocolate chip cookies are created equal! For years, I’ve been making a recipe that I thought was the bomb, but as it turns out, there was a better cookie yet to be made. These Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies have taken the lead in my kitchen and have become my new favourite chocolate chip cookie. But let me be clear, my personal favourite remains my Coconut Oatmeal Cookies I’d make them ALL the time, but there’s another person in the home that deserves their favourite too. So for him (AKA husband), I make chocolate chip cookies. He’s my little cookie monster and these fantastic cookies get a double thumbs up from him too.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies rolled dough on a parchment lined baking tray.
A parchment lined baking tray filled with flattened cookie dough balls in making Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

These Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies rank number one with me for several reasons. First is the slightly crisp golden edges of the cookie. They’re great to nibble away at and exactly what you’d expect in a perfect cookie. The second is the slightly chewy center with melty chocolate when eaten while just a little warm. The third is the oatmeal, there’s just enough to call them an oatmeal cookie but the cookie doesn’t seem laden with it. It’s just the perfect balance of oats to give a little texture and chew. Fourth is the taste, there’s a little more salt and vanilla in the recipe than most call for and that really makes this cookie delicious.

Baked Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies on a parchment lined baking tray.

You’ll find the cookie dough easy enough to make and it’s made using melted butter which lends towards a chewier cookie. The dough is also nicely “scoopable” straight out of the bowl with no chilling required. Although, I have scooped and baked these cookies from a chilled state as well and found little difference in the end product. I do prefer to flatten the cookies before baking because it produces a uniform cookie that’s not too puffy in the center. Happy baking, you’ll love these cookies!

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 48 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups large flake oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and arrange oven rack to the middle position. Line baking trays with parchment.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • Beat together both sugars and melted butter until light and creamy. Add whole eggs one at a time, and then the egg yolk, incorporating after each addition. Scrape bowl and mix in vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture all at once and mix until incorporated. Add oatmeal and mix to combine. Scrap bowl and stir in chocolate chips.
  • Using a 1-ounce cookie scoop, scoop the batter onto prepared trays spacing evenly at least 2 inches apart. Flatten cookies with the palm of your hand or the bottom of a cup.
  • Bake one tray at a time for 10-11 minutes (do not overbake). Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes on the tray before moving to a cooling rack.
  • Repeat with the remaining cookie dough.

Notes

-recipe makes approximately 48 3" cookies.
-dough can be chilled for up to 3 days and scooped as is, but will be more difficult to scoop in a chilled state. I prefer scooping room-temperature dough.
-dough can be frozen and sealed in an airtight bag or container for up to a month. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator and scoop from a chilled or room temperature state.

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Nut Butter Granola Bars

Nut Butter Granola Bars

NUT BUTTER GRANOLA BARS

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Baked Nut Butter Granola Bars cut and wrapped with a ribbon.

These slightly chewy, a little bit crunchy Nut Butter Granola Bars are the perfect snack or grab and go breakfast. As the name implies, they are made with nut butter, and my personal preference is natural chunky peanut butter. I’ve also made them with almond butter, which is tasty too, however the peanut flavour really comes through when using peanut butter and it’s a great flavour that marries up nicely with the honey. So tasty!

Nut Butter Granola Bars pressed into a 9x13 pan and ready for baking.

From this recipe, you get 16 nicely sized bars that wrap and freeze well for those of you who like to get a little meal prep done. If it’s likely that your hungry family will hoover through these is a short time, they’ll last for several days in a sealed container at room temperature.

Nut Butter Granola Bars are gluten-free, packed full of protein from the goodness of nuts and egg whites. The fat from the peanut butter and ground-up nuts helps to keep you feeling full and dried fruit and honey give a little chewiness and natural sweetness. There’s no excuse not to have a batch of these ready for snacking, enjoy!

Baked Nut Butter Granola Bars cut and wrapped with a ribbon.

Author:  Compelled to Cook, adapted slightly from Bon Appétit

Nut Butter Granola Bars
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    Servings Prep Time
    16 bars 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    30-35 minutes 5 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    16 bars 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    30-35 minutes 5 minutes
    Nut Butter Granola Bars
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      Servings Prep Time
      16 bars 30 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      30-35 minutes 5 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      16 bars 30 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      30-35 minutes 5 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: bars
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange nuts and pumpkin seeds on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 10-12 minutes until golden, stirring once. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
      2. Meanwhile, reduce the oven to 300°F. Spray a 13x9" pan with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper, overhanging the long sides.
      3. Using a food processor, pulse cooled nuts and 1 cup of oats until a sandy consistency and no large pieces of oats remain. Transfer to a large bowl, along with the remaining cup of whole oats. To the same bowl stir in dried fruit and oil (chop any dried fruit bigger than a raisin).
      4. In a medium saucepan whisk together honey, salt and vanilla over medium heat until at a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 3 minutes until bubbling vigorously and smells like caramel.
      5. Add peanut butter to oat mixture along with the hot honey and stir to fully combine. By adding together, the hot honey will help melt the peanut butter. Whisk egg white in a small bowl and stir into oat mixture until fully incorporated.
      6. Scoop into prepared pan and pack down firmly and evenly. Using the bottom of a measuring cup helps to compact the mixture and get it flat.
      7. Bake until golden and no longer sticky 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before scoring into 16 pieces (2x8). Let cool completely in the pan before lifting out using the parchment overhang. Cut along score marks into bars.
      Recipe Notes

      -don't skimp on the amount of listed salt.

      -I used a combination of almonds, pecans and cashews.

      -cut bars can be wrapped and frozen, kept in a sealed container for up to 1 month.

      -cut bars will last for about 5 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

      -other nut butter such as almond butter work well too.

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      Baked Berry and Coconut Oatmeal

      Baked Berry and Coconut Oatmeal

      Baked Berry and Coconut Oatmeal

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      A square of Baked Berry and Coconut Oatmeal topped with fresh berries and yogurt.

      I think breakfast is a very important start to any day. I am one of those people who does eat breakfast every single day. Yes, I think I should for nutrition but also because I’m quite hungry in the morning and if I don’t eat breakfast, no one is safe around me! That’s right, I turn into a hangry person, and it is not pretty.

      I love these individual Baked Berry and Coconut Oatmeal squares because they are a good combination of chewy coconut and oatmeal with sweetness from frozen berries and maple syrup, yet they are not overly sweet. The eggs and milk provide much-needed protein to help us get through the morning and the adorable squares are a perfect size, at least for me. I just love them topped with lots of yogurt and fresh berries if I have them on hand. They can be made in advance, wrapped and frozen for up to a month. Thawed squares can be warmed gently in the microwave when you’re ready to eat.

      Ingredients for Baked Berry and Coconut Oatmeal in a large glass bowl ready to be whisked together.

      They’re super simple to make using only one bowl, and if you don’t have an individual pan like the one I have, you can bake it in a 9” x 9” pan and cut into desired squares. Either way, Baked Berry and Coconut Oatmeal is an easy and tasty way to start your day. Enjoy!

      More breakfast options…

      Baked Apple Cranberry Oatmeal

      Orange Yogurt Smoothie

      Ginger Pear Pancakes

       

      Baked Berry and Coconut Oatmeal baked in individual squares.

      A square of Baked Berry and Coconut Oatmeal topped with fresh berries and yogurt.
      Baked Berry and Coconut Oatmeal
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        Servings Prep Time
        12 servings 20-25 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        28-30 minutes 20 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        12 servings 20-25 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        28-30 minutes 20 minutes
        A square of Baked Berry and Coconut Oatmeal topped with fresh berries and yogurt.
        Baked Berry and Coconut Oatmeal
        Print Recipe
          Servings Prep Time
          12 servings 20-25 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          28-30 minutes 20 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          12 servings 20-25 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          28-30 minutes 20 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: servings
          Instructions
          1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
          2. In a large bowl whisk together milk and eggs. Whisk in remaining ingredients except for the berries until fully combined. Stir in berries.
          3. Spray a 12 square non-stick brownie pan or a 9"x 9" non-stick pan with non-stick spray.
          4. Divide batter evenly between squares or pour into prepared 9" x 9" pan.
          5. Bake on the center rack for 28-30 minutes if using the individual brownie pan and about 40 minutes if using the 9"x 9" pan.
          6. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes. They will continue to firm up while cooling and you only need it pleasantly warm to serve. They will be difficult to remove from the individual brownie pan if too warm. Remove from pan and serve with yogurt, fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup if desired. If baking for meal prep and saving for later feel free to allow it to cool longer before removing from either pan.
          Recipe Notes

          -Use almond milk or other milk substitutes in place of the 2% milk if desired.

          -Add a scoop of vanilla protein powder if you want more protein.

          -The individual brownie pan is perfect for meal prep baked oatmeal squares.

          -Allow the squares to cool completely before wrapping and freezing.  Will keep well wrapped for up to one month in the freezer.

          -Allow frozen squares to thaw before warming gently in the microwave.

           

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          Ultimate Chocolate Almond Granola

          Ultimate Chocolate Almond Granola

          Ultimate Chocolate Almond Granola is scattered over yogurt and served with fresh strawberries in a shallow dish.

          Breakfast couldn’t be any better…

           

          I can call this Ultimate Chocolate Almond Granola for two main reasons. One, because it verges on being sinful with lots of almonds and chocolate. The second, because it has the most amazing crunchy clusters. It’s absolutely delicious with yogurt or almond milk. Toss on a few fresh berries and breakfast couldn’t be any better.

          A pink bowl filled with large flake oatmeal has almonds and strawberries scattered around it in preparation for Ultimate Chocolate Almond Granola.

          Yes, it’s made with sweetened condensed milk!

           

          You might think the sweetened condensed milk is over the top to use for granola, but I’m here to tell you it’s what makes this granola cluster up so well. It’s not nearly as sweet in the overall granola as you might think either. In fact, I find this amazing Chocolate Almond Granola has just the perfect hint of sweetness.

          Let’s have a closer look at the overall sugar content since we are using something different from the more commonly used maple syrup or honey. The overall sugar content is slightly less than if made with maple syrup and/or honey. Sweetened condensed milk contains 11grams of sugar per tablespoon, whereas maple syrup contains 12grams and honey has 17grams. So overall the total grams of sugar is less than if you used the same amount of honey or maple syrup. The downfall is that sweetened condensed milk contains some refined sugar along with its natural lactose, whereas honey and maple syrup are natural sugars. But I’m here to tell you, this granola is amazing and you’ll want to eat it straight from the jar. Enjoy!

          A jar piled high with Ultimate Chocolate Almond Granola and has strawberries scattered at its base.

          A jar piled high with Ultimate Chocolate Almond Granola and has strawberries scattered at its base.
          Ultimate Chocolate Almond Granola
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            Servings Prep Time
            10 cups 25 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            50-55 minutes 2 hours
            Servings Prep Time
            10 cups 25 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            50-55 minutes 2 hours
            A jar piled high with Ultimate Chocolate Almond Granola and has strawberries scattered at its base.
            Ultimate Chocolate Almond Granola
            Print Recipe
              Servings Prep Time
              10 cups 25 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              50-55 minutes 2 hours
              Servings Prep Time
              10 cups 25 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              50-55 minutes 2 hours
              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 275℉.
              2. In a medium saucepan combine almond butter and coconut oil. Heat over low, stirring often until smooth and melted together.
              3. In a large bowl stir together oatmeal, almonds, cocoa and salt.
              4. Pour melted almond butter over oatmeal and stir to combine. Add sweetened condensed milk and stir until fully incorporated.
              5. Spread out evenly onto a large baking sheet.
              6. Bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle on chopped chocolate and/or chopped chocolate covered almonds and stir. Return to oven for 25-30 minutes.
              7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely at room temperature before breaking apart into clusters. (granola will firm up as it cools)
              8. Store granola in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze for up to a month.
              Recipe Notes

              I like to use a combination of chopped whole almonds and sliced almonds along with chopped chocolate covered almonds and chopped semi-sweet chocolate.  Feel free to use whatever kind of almonds and chocolate you like, they're all delicious.

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              Gluten Free Snack Bites

              Gluten Free Snack Bites

              It may not seem like it yet, in fact, as I look out my window I still see snow, frost and a cloudy sky, but hiking, camping and the general need to be outdoors will soon be upon us. I’m hopeful anyway!! With the need to be frolicking in the wilderness or simply at the skateboard park, nutritious pack along snacks are a must.  Gluten Free Snacks Bites are very tasty with bits of chewy fruit, nuts and coconut.  They’re exactly what you need to help fuel your activities. 

              Made with quinoa, oats, nut butter, nuts and dried fruit they’re a great snack to pack along, whether it’s in a lunch box or backpack.  Don’t be fooled by the quinoa!  Trust me, you won’t even know it’s there. Plus, the quinoa adds more protein and nutrition to help keep you going.

              So even though I still have to wait for the weather to improve, I can still enjoy these tasty two-bite snacks with my morning coffee. In my opinion, it’s all about being able to adapt.  Enjoy!

              Gluten Free Snack Bites
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                Servings Prep Time
                48 snack bites 40 minutes
                Cook Time
                12 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                48 snack bites 40 minutes
                Cook Time
                12 minutes
                Gluten Free Snack Bites
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  48 snack bites 40 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  12 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  48 snack bites 40 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  12 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: snack bites
                  Instructions
                  1. In a medium size pot over low/medium heat stir together nut butter, brown sugar, butter, honey and coconut oil until smooth and melted.
                  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool enough that you can put your hand on the bottom of the pot ( a good time to cook the quinoa according to package directions)
                  3. Preheat oven to 350℉ and spray mini muffin tins lightly with non-stick spray.
                  4. Add egg and vanilla, stir to combine. Mix in all remaining ingredients stirring until just combined.
                  5. Scoop batter into prepared tins using a 1-ounce cookie scoop which is about 1 1/2 tbsp.
                  6. Bake for 12 minutes and remove, allowing to cool for 5- 10 minutes in the pan prior to removing to a cooling rack.
                  7. Snack bites will keep in a sealed container for 3-4 days and up to 1 month in the freezer.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -You can make your own oat flour by pulsing oatmeal in a spice grinder.  It takes about 1 1/4 - 1 1/3 cups of oatmeal to yield 1 1/4 cups of oat flour.

                  -You don't need to chop the raisins, but I happen to like them a bit smaller as the snack bites are small and that way they don't overwhelm any bite.

                  -I've made this recipe with both almond butter and peanut butter.  Both are wonderful, it's a matter of preference.  The photos show the recipe made with almond butter.

                  -If you have only one 24 count mini muffin pan as I do, you can keep unused batter covered and chilled for up to two days and bake when ready.

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