Easy Oaties

 

These cookies take less than 20 minutes to make.

 

There are some cookies or bars that require a whole lot of finesse—everything from a long list of ingredients to special cooking instructions.  This recipe has none of that.  Easy Oaties are my quick and simple answer to “I’ve got to have something delicious and fast!”

 

What's not to love about cookies?

I love how easy these are to make.

A Healthier Treat?

 

This recipe is so simple even your kids can do it.  Better yet you can mix it up and bake it in less than 20 minutes.  It’s also designed to be a treat, but in a way that’s healthier than most cookie recipes.  For one thing, the recipe uses extra light olive oil instead of butter—olive oil is a heart-healthy fat.  Hint: Use extra light over extra virgin as the taste is very mild and the light version has a higher flashpoint (meaning its okay for cooking at higher temps).  The recipe also uses oatmeal, which study after study has shown helps reduce cholesterol levels.  And did I mention these taste terrific?

 

 

 

Let’s Gather The Ingredients

 

Gather your ingredients first to make sure you've got everything you need.

This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients.

We’ll need the following six simple ingredients:

1/3 cup extra light olive oil  (substitute canola oil if you don’t have olive oil)

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup brown sugar packed

1/2 cup oat flour (substitute wheat or white if you don’t have oat)

1 – 1/2 cups of oats

1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Preparation

 

Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees.

 

These mix together fast.

Start with the oil and peanut butter, then add your sugar.

Combine the oil and peanut butter in a  large mixing bowl.  Then add the brown sugar and stir with a spoon until any lumps come out of the sugar.

 

The oats come next.

Add a half cup of oat or whole grain flour.

Next, add the flour.  If you don’t have oat flour on hand, I recommend replacing it with something like whole wheat, but any whole grain choice would be healthier than white flour.  Stir well.

 

Mix well.

You'll need a cup and a half of oatmeal.

 

Add the oatmeal next.  I had regular oatmeal on hand so used it.  If you have quick oats, you’ll likely get a slightly softer cookie texture.  I like a rougher oat texture in my cookies, but if you want a softer texture and have regular oatmeal, try grinding it up in food process or blender before adding it to the recipe.

 

 

We're going to need a baking pan.

I mix my chips into the batch, but if you like you can melt some extra chips and frost when these come out of the oven.

Add the chocolate chips and stir.

 

It's time to cook these.

If you don't have an 8 x 8 pan you can double the recipe and use a 9 x 13 pan.

Lightly spray an 8 x 8 baking pan with a coat of oil, and then press the dough into the pan with the back of your spoon.  Once you’ve flattened the dough, pop the pan into the oven for 12 minutes.

 

When the timer goes off, remove from the oven and allow to cool.  This batch will make about 16 servings.

 

Enjoy!

 

If you enjoyed this recipe you may want to read:
Hearty Twist On Chocolate Chip
Or for 10 terrific cookie recipe ideas click here.

 

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