Chocolate Chip Cookie Granola Bars.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Granola Bars. Taste like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but they are much healthier!

Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter. Have you heard of it?  Cookies in spreadable form…!

Cookie Butter is basically the TJs version of Biscoff spread.  After seeing it on the blog world quite a bit and loving the adorable little jar + packaging*, I knew I had to buy it myself. *I’m a sucker for a cute outfit.

So what’s this cookie butter stuff like?  It is pretty sweet and has the consistency of peanut butter, bakes the same as peanut butter, and is as addicting as peanut butter… peanut butter must be jealous. Cookie Butter tastes like the baby of a gingerbread cookie and a graham cracker.  Pairs well with pretzel sticks, bananas, toast, apple slices, and spoons.  And after several spoonfuls, I tried to collect myself and actually USE it in a recipe.

Let’s talk granola bars. I like granola bars. They are quick, easy, and make me feel like I’m being good.  However, they are usually overpriced, loaded with preservatives and gunk I can’t pronounce, and leave me hungry.  And with the amount of sugar and “fluff” some companies pump into their packaged granola bars, you wonder why they aren’t  just marketed as candy bars instead…?!  Candy bars with some oats thrown in. Who are you trying to fool? 😉

It’s taken me some time to find the perfect granola bar recipe.  And I think finally I’ve got it. Chewy, soft, wholesome, and healthy.  Not to mention, so easy – they take less than 30 minutes to whip up!  That’s my kind of recipe. And they taste just like chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  Snacktime just got a whole lot sweeter.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Granola Bars. Chocolate chip cookies in healthy granola bar form!

Homemade granola bars will always win my book. 😉

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Granola Bars

Print Recipe

Makes 16 bars. Bars stay fresh at room temperature for up to 7 days. Bars freeze well, up to 2 months.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Trader Joes Cookie Butter or Biscoff Spread* (or use a nut butter of your choice)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup*
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 8x8 baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.

In a small bowl, melt the cookie butter and coconut oil for about 1 minute in the microwave. Stir until combined and smooth. Melt for longer if needed. In a large bowl, beat the melted cookie butter/oil mixture, honey (or maple syrup if you are using it instead), egg, and vanilla until completely combined. Add in the oats, brown sugar, and salt. Mix well. Slowly stir in chocolate chips. The batter will be sticky.

Transfer to the prepared baking pan and press down, making sure the surface is flat and even. Bake 21-24 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

 

Sally's Notes: 

*If you can't find TJs Cookie Butter of Biscoff spread, try using almond butter. The bars may not have the same chocolate chip cookie taste though. I used sugar free maple syrup, but feel free to use honey or regular maple syrup. I've tried it with both and they taste exactly the same. Try using different add-ins, like nuts or dried fruits (up to 2/3 cup total).  These granola bars are highly adaptable.

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101 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Granola Bars.”

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    Melanieposted August 27, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    My oldest starts preschool Thursday and I will be making these tomorrow for his lunchbox.

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    • Sallyreplied on August 27th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Perfect lunchtime treat.

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      • Natalie Joelreplied on February 1st, 2014 at 1:24 pm

        Hi these granola bars all sound so amazing. The problem I have is we are ground nut and tree nut free and sesame freevin my coffee shop. I have been asked to sell granola bars ( we make everything on site) but all recipes seem to have these ingredients. I also don’t want to use the cookie dough paste! Am I asking too much? Any ideas please!!!
        Thanks so much
        Natalie Joel

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    Kristenposted September 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I really want to make these because they sound AMAZING, but the only ingredient I don’t have easy access to or see myself using much in the near future is coconut oil. I can get Biscoff at Walgreen’s, and pretty much everything else on the recipe is a staple that I have on hand at any given time. If I don’t, getting more isn’t difficult. So…any recommendations on a coconut oil substitute?

    In addition, could I use a 9-inch square baking dish instead of an 8-inch? I loaned my 8-inch to a friend a while ago and still haven’t gotten it back yet. 😛

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    • Sallyreplied on September 26th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Hey Kristen! You could easily use vegetable oil or canola oil instead of the coconut oil. And a 9-inch square dish would be just fine. The bars will be a bit thinner since the pan is slightly larger.

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    Allysonposted December 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

    All I can say is “WOW!” These are even better than the cookie butter blondies, Sally! I used a mix of Biscoff and Speculoos, as I was running low on cookie butter and I substituted canola oil for coconut. Even my husband who isn’t into granola-anything liked them! And our boys are begging for more 🙂

    To the one who asked if it’s GF, no it’s not. It’s made from the cookies… You could use a nut butter or a soy butter that’s GF, if there are no issues with nuts or soy. You can google recipes for cookie butter and substitute GF cookies or use the nut-based ones that are already GF. Good luck!

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    • Sallyreplied on December 12th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Hey Allyson! I am so happy to hear (read!) that your family loves these granola bars. I feel good making granola bars from scratch – I know exactly what’s going in them! Thanks for reporting back, I appreciate that!

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    Emilyposted January 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Just made these–so good! I accidentally left out the oil, but they still came out great! I did a combo of chocolate and white chocolate chips. Next time I want to try white and craisins! Thanks for a great recipe!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 3rd, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Emily the white chocolate chips and craisins in these granola bars sounds so good!

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    Jeanposted January 7, 2014 at 8:20 am

    These are great ! They really do taste like an oatmeal cookie. And I love how they are so chewy and moist. I’ve made others that turn out hard as rocks and you can barely cut them ! These are delicious for breakfast with hazelnut coffee 🙂
    Another winning recipe Sally ! Anxiously awaiting the cookbook I pre-ordered on Amazon.

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Jean, love your idea of having these with some hazelnut coffee. I could use that comforting combination this morning. It’s 3 degrees here in Maryland! So happy you are looking forward to my cookbook. You’ll have to let me know what you bake from it when it comes!

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    Jenposted April 6, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Sally, what can I do with it if it came out dry? I wasn’t sure what consistency I was looking for when adding oats, and I either added too many or cooked it a moment too long. They taste good but are too crumbly. : (

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    • Sallyreplied on April 6th, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Hi Jen! A precise 3 cups of oats is what you’ll need. And overbaking them will definitely result in a crumbly texture. Try adding a little more coconut oil, too – that will help moisten things up.

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    Anonymousposted May 2, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    The granola bars were fabulous!! The whole family loved them and I especially loved the alternative for a main dish for lunch. Going to try these with craisins next.

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    Malloryposted May 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    These granola bars are amazing! Thank you so much for a great recipe. I will be making them for a bake sale I am participating in. Any other recommendations that are great for bake sales? Thank you!

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    Katie Johnsonposted June 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    These were insanely good! I used white chocolate and craisins for my daughter. She and her siblings loved them. They are not going to last long at this house.

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    Kelseyposted August 5, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Hey there! These look delicious. I am curious, have you made them with honey and how do they taste in comparison to corn syrup. Also, do you keep them at room temperature, or store in the frig? Thanks so much.

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    • Sallyreplied on August 6th, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Hi Kelsey – the storing info is found under the recipe title. And I use both honey and maple syrup to make these, depending what I have. I can’t really notice a difference in taste.

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    Micheleposted December 6, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Hi!! Can you double this recipe for a 9×13 size pan??

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    • Sallyreplied on December 6th, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Yep! I’m unsure of the bake time.

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    Barbaraposted July 9, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I made these last week, ate them all, and am making another batch today. These are so insanely good! Thank you Sally for another great recipe!!!

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    Mary @ Fit and Fedposted March 20, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I haven’t tried the (famous) Trader Joe’s cookie butter despite being a regular TJ’s shopper, but I think it’s brilliant that you use it here– what a great alternative to peanut butter for folks who are allergic to nuts! Store-bought granola bars are pretty gross, but these look very good. Definitely a good item to make at home yourself.

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