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Monster Cookie Bars

Monster Cookie Bars are the perfect treat for Halloween! These healthier oatmeal cookies are studded with dark chocolate chips and dye-free chocolate candy pieces.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time26 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 149kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup SunButter Sunflower Butter No Sugar Added
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil extra virgin
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or sub date syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown rice crisp cereal
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes unsweetened, or shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup candy coated chocolate drops (or other artificial dye free chocolate drop)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C.
  • Add the sunflower butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, egg, and sea salt to a bowl, and mix together well until creamy.
  • In the same bowl, add in the oats, brown rice crisp and coconut, and stir to combine.
  • Add the dark chocolate chips, and fold in.
  • Add the cookie dough to a prepared baking dish, and flatten into an even layer. Spread the candy coated chocolate pieces across the top, pressing down slightly into the tops of the cookies.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes, until brown around the edges. Allow to fully cool before slicing. I like to chill the bars in the refrigerator prior to cutting them.
  • Store in the refrigerator or freezer for several weeks (or longer) in an airtight container or freezer ziplock bags.

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Notes

Omit the Candy Pieces: If you prefer to not use candy at all in this recipe, try other colorful toppings instead, like pumpkin seeds, cranberries, or chopped dried fruit like pineapple, kiwi, or mango.
Make it Vegan: Omit the egg, and add an egg replacer. The rest of the recipe is vegan as written.
Make Classic Monster Cookies: The recipe is almost identical -- but use the method in this Gluten Free Monster Cookies post.
Make them Gluten Free: Oats are naturally gluten free, but use a brand that's certified gluten free to avoid contamination.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg