There is rarely a day that doesn’t include oats in our house. We often have steel-cut oats for breakfast (especially in the Fall and Winter months) and most of the baked goods that I make include rolled oats; anything from cookies to muffins to granola bars. They are versatile, nutritious, and add a nice texture and mild flavor to almost any dish. Instead of bread crumbs, we add oats to our homemade hamburgers, and we often add them to smoothies to boost the fibre content.

The Dietitian in me loves that oats are a nutritional powerhouse, containing a special type of soluble fibre (called beta-glucan), as well as many vitamins and minerals, all of which help to reduce the risk of heart disease, Diabetes Type 2, and digestive issues. There is also research to show that oats also may help to reduce asthma risk in children, help with appetite control and weight management, and improve the immune system!

The mom in me loves the versatility of oats, and the fact that they are easy, cost-effective and my kids love them! Needless to say, when I was recipe testing some school-safe snack options, there was no question that oats would be included in the ingredients list. And the winner was: Easy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars! These are moist, chewy, nutritious, school-safe and most importantly: freezable (most fellow moms will appreciate this as much as I do!).

Enjoy!

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Easy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Yields
16-20

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups (375 ml) whole wheat flour
3 cups (750 ml) old rolled oats
1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda
1 tsp (5 ml) baking powder
1 tsp (5 ml) salt
1/2 tsp (2 ml) cinnamon
1 cup (250 ml) brown sugar
3/4 cup (175 ml) butter, melted
1/2 cup (125 ml) full-fat vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp (15 ml) vanilla extract
1/4 cup (60 ml) chia seeds
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) dark chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Place flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon into a medium-sized bowl and whisk together.
  3. In a large bowl, add brown sugar, melted butter, yogurt, vanilla, eggs and chia seeds. With an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, mix ingredients together until smooth.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated (it will be crumbly).
  5. Add chocolate chips and gently fold them in.
  6. Grease a 9x13 inch (23x33 cm) pan with a little bit of melted butter. Add dough and gently press it into the pan with your fingers to make sure it is evently distributed and level.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes at 350F (180C). Bars are done when a toothpick comes out clean (although if the bars are a little bit under-done that's ok! This makes for a moister bar!). Enjoy.

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Sarah
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Sarah Remmer, RD is a Mom of three, and Registered Dietitian in Calgary, Alberta. Sarah runs a nutrition consulting and communications company, where she specializes in infant and kids nutrition. Sarah is also a freelance nutrition writer and blogger.
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