Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, May 16, 2011

Erica's Choco-Oat Bars

These bars are a delicious, wholesome combination of flavors with a unique soft texture!  This recipe was created by Erica from Itzy's Kitchen.  You can find her original recipe HERE.

They are a great snack for 5 points+ per bar!  The kids all gave this recipe a thumbs up too!

It is a very easy recipe....basically you dump all the ingredients in one bowl and then spread into a baking dish or baking sheet.  Very easy.  I used a quarter baking sheet ( 8 1/2" x 12") to make my bars...but you could use an 8" x 8" baking dish or pan as well...they will just come out a bit thicker.  Thank you Erica for such a great recipe!!

Erica's Choco-Oat Bars

Servings - 16   Serving Size - 1/16th of recipe   Points Plus per serving - 5 points+
Calories - 162.3,   Total Fat - 7.3g,   Carb. - 30.9g,   Protein - 3.2g,   Fiber - 2.8g

2 cups old fashion oats
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, raw
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup eggbeaters or 2 egg whites

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line an 8" x 8" baking pan with nonstick foil or parchment and allow 2 sides to hang over sides of pan ( to serve as "handles" to remove bars from pan to cut once cooled) .  Lightly spray nonstick foil or parchment with cooking spray.  

2. In large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.  Combine oil, eggbeaters and applesauce.  Mix into dry ingredients to coat.  Press mixture into prepared pan and bake for 25 - 30 minutes.  

3.  Allow to cool, then lift out of pan with handles.  Cut into 16 bars. 


I have to say, I am not a huge fan of granola type bars, but I did enjoy these.  My nephew said they were much better than the store bought kind.  I was surprised to see they were so soft.  I was expecting a chewy or a crunchy texture, but I liked the soft cookie like texture.  There is still a bit of a bite from the seeds, nuts and the oats. 

Still busy, but the weather...OMG...I can't even talk about how much our weather has taken a turn for the worse!  It's been in the 40's for the past two days and rainy and gloomy.  So hard to get motivated to do exercise when it gets like this!  They are saying better weather is coming by week's end...I sure hope they are right!!  If you aren't in this yuck...I hope you are enjoying a nice spring and if you are...stay warm!  lol  I seriously think I need to relocate!  If only I could!


  1. ow! This post made me smile :) Glad you guys enjoyed them! It is fun to play around with the thickness. Josh likes both a thin and a thick version, so I usually just switch back and forth. Hope you're having a great Monday :)

  2. They look so soft and chewy. I definitely have to try them out. I think I'd like them nice and thick.

  3. What could I sub for the coconut? My hubs is allergic. (OR, what would the nutritional info be w/out the coconut?)
    Thanks!! Looks delicious!!

  4. I saw those on Erica's site - love it! I am happy that while chilly (low 50's at most) it is sunny today - perfect walking weather! Probably just made you jealous by saying that! :D

  5. @ Kassie...I think you could just omit the coconut all together and still have great results!

    @ Biz...yup....jealous of the sunshine! I have been popping vit D like candy to make up for the lack of it this year! lol

  6. These look so good. My grandsons are going to love these. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. HI Renee! My wish for you today is LOTS of sunshine in the near future! The VERY near future! Hang in there!!!!


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