Healthy Oat-Nut "Cookie" Bars




Introduction: Healthy Oat-Nut "Cookie" Bars

About: Freelance mechanical engineer from the Bay Area.

My roommate and I love cookies (who doesn't, really?), but we are both pretty health conscious, so we try to limit our cookie intake as much as possible. But why should we? Isn't it possible to make a good tasting, healthy cookie? Why can't they be so nutritious that it's okay to eat 6 in one sitting? 

Well, here is my first shot at solving this truly devastating problem. Just a heads up, they came out more like bread then cookies, so if you want cookie cookies, I'd recommend adding more applesauce, and no almond milk or baking powder. However, if you want more of a desert bread, this recipe will do great:


2 cups Oat Flour (from either rolled oats or quick oats)
1 cup Quick-Cook Instant Oats
1 sprinkle Rolled Oats
2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
1 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
2/3 cup Chopped Walnuts
2/3 cup Unsweetened Dried Cranberries
2/3 cup Egg Whites
1 Tbs Baking Powder
1 sprinkle Cinnamon
Sweetener of your choice (I used 1/2 cup agave nectar)


Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder, make 2 cups of oat flour by grinding 2 cups of either rolled oats or quick cook oats. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all the oats and other dry ingredients and mix-ins. Add the applesauce and egg whites and mix by hand or with beaters until the batter is well combined. To reach desired consistency, add almond milk.

Spray a baking sheet with some cooking spray, and then poor out your batter on the sheet. Spread it around with a spoon so it's even.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, then immediately cut apart into 25 bars. Let the bars cool for 10 minutes before eating.

Eat as many as you want, cause these things are pretty healthy!

Nutrition Facts: 
Serving Size:     1 cookie (or 6)
Calories:              110

Fat                           2.8g
   Sat. Fat                   .3g
Carbohydrates         18g
     Fiber                     2g
     Sugar                    9g
Protein                       5g

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    5 Discussions


    9 months ago

    I was slightly terrified at the title. That said I'll try this for sure.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great job - love this one too! Have you thought of adding protein powder to these? I wanted to do that in the past but think there are some issues - ie: you're not supposed to cook it...not sure though. These do look great!!!

    Sam DeRose
    Sam DeRose

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I actually did use a little protein powder here. I've heard that too about not cooking it but it has worked fine for me so far, I kind of add it to everything...


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thumbs up for your health consciousness. Your recipe looks healthy and yummy.