Monica's favorite gear
for making
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
I use this healthy, whole grain flour in place of all or part of white flour in many recipes like these bars. It contains all of the wheat berry's healthy and natural elements - the germ, endosperm and bran - yet it has a lighter texture than regular whole wheat flour.
This gives a nutritional punch to these bars. Ground meal is preferred over whole flaxseed for better nutrient absorption.
These ergonomically designed bowls are easy to hold with one hand and neatly guide dry ingredients into mixing bowl. This is especially handy when using a stand mixer for pouring in ingredients as mixer is running. Available in lots of fun colors.
An indispensable tool in my kitchen, I used it to combine the dry ingredients for these bars.
I have two sets of these versatile, durable pans; they get daily use in my kitchen. The small (9x13) one is the perfect size for a batch of these bars. Love the lids for storage & stacking, too.

Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

A healthier recipe makeover using whole wheat flour and flaxseed that tastes like the original Toll House blondie favorite.


Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

By Monica              48 bars
Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. A healthier recipe makeover using whole wheat flour and flaxseed that tastes like the original Toll House blondie favorite.| from The Yummy Life

A healthier recipe makeover using whole wheat flour and flaxseed that tastes like the original Toll House blondie recipe favorite.

Ingredients
  • 2-1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (same as flaxseed meal)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray or grease 9x13 pan; set aside.

In medium bowl, whisk together flour, flax seed, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl (use stand or hand mixer), cream butter; add sugars and mix until creamy. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Gradually mix in flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, until completely mixed. Add chocolate chips and nuts and blend on low (or stir with wooden spoon), just until mixed.  

Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

FOR A BIG BATCH. Double the recipe and bake in 18x13 pan.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per bar, without nuts): 111 calories, 5.8g fat, 103mg sodium, 15.3g carbs, .6g fiber, 10.5g sugars, 1.7g protein; Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 3


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Chocolate chip cookies are universally loved. They're a family favorite that I've made frequently through the years, as explained in a previous post with my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Chocolate chip cookie bars, also known as blondies or pan cookies, are a lazy form of chocolate chip cookies. And, sometimes I'm a lazy girl and want a fast and easy dessert. When I don't want to take the time to scoop, roll and bake individual cookies on multiple pans, I turn to this recipe. It's basically the forever loved Toll House recipe, except I've swapped out the white flour for whole grain and added some ground flaxseed to make it more nutritious. Not health food, mind you--this recipe still has sugar and butter. But, it is healthified some with the addition of whole grains. 

The good news is, you don't have to sacrifice any of that traditional buttery flavor and texture. These taste like a classic chocolate chip cookie bar. No one needs to know that there are some nutritious ingredients hiding in the mix.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per bar, without nuts): 111 calories, 5.8g fat, 103mg sodium, 15.3g carbs, .6g fiber, 10.5g sugars, 1.7g protein; Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 3

 

Step-by-step photos for making
Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Step 1. Assemble the ingredients:

  • whole wheat pastry flour*
  • ground flaxseed--same as flaxseed meal (not pictured)
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • butter, 
  • white & brown sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • chopped pecans (optional)

*NOTE: If you prefer to use regular whole wheat flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour, use half whole wheat flour and half white flour. Or, you can use all white flour.

view organic products on Amazon:  whole wheat pastry flourflaxseed meal (ground flaxseed)

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Step 2. Whisk together the flour, ground flax seed, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside. (I use one of these handy Pourfect bowls for whisking dry ingredients and easily adding them to a running stand mixer with one hand.)

view on Amazon:  wire whisk, Pourfect mixing bowls

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Step 3. In large mixer bowl, cream the butter.

Step 4. Add the sugars and mix until well combined.

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Step 5. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix until creamy.

Step 6. Gradually, add the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, until well combined.

Step 7. Add the chocolate chips and nuts (if using), and mix just until combined.

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Step 8. Spray or grease a 9x13 baking sheet or pan. Spread mixture evenly in pan. I used a shallow baking sheet for easier cutting, but it's fine to use a regular baking pan with taller sides. 

  • view on Amazon: baking sheet set (I have 2 sets of these versatile pans and use them frequently. I use the smaller 9x13 pan for this recipe.) 

Step 9. Bake until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.

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Step 10. Cut into bars and enjoy!

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Sturdy enough for on-the-go. Cookies can be fragile, but these bars are sturdier and hold up better for packing and eating away from home. King-Man loves these bars so much that I sneaked them into his backpack for a birthday surprise when he was hiking in the Colorado Rockies. I wrapped bars individually for him to discover and share with his hiking buddies. They were a hit with the hungry hikers. You can read about all of the food he took on his trip (including homemade instant meals) in my post: A Week of Lightweight, Nutritious Backpacking Food.

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Make a big batch--it's easy! You can double this recipe and cook it in a 18x13 baking pan. It's a fast, easy dessert for a crowd. 

Tip for warm bars every time: These bars are especially good when the chocolate chips are still melted. Yum! Even after the bars have completely cooled, you can always eat your bars warm and melted simply by giving them a 10 second zap in the microwave before eating them. Ooey-gooey good!

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Make it a Yummy day!

Monica 

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Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
By Monica              Servings: 48 bars
Ingredients
  • 2-1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (same as flaxseed meal)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray or grease 9x13 pan; set aside.

In medium bowl, whisk together flour, flax seed, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl (use stand or hand mixer), cream butter; add sugars and mix until creamy. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Gradually mix in flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, until completely mixed. Add chocolate chips and nuts and blend on low (or stir with wooden spoon), just until mixed.  

Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

FOR A BIG BATCH. Double the recipe and bake in 18x13 pan.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per bar, without nuts): 111 calories, 5.8g fat, 103mg sodium, 15.3g carbs, .6g fiber, 10.5g sugars, 1.7g protein; Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 3
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