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Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Chewy Bars

I love making these chewy bars for parties, for an on-the-go snack, or for an afternoon treat. The only downside is that you might end up eating the whole plateful! These bars caramelize, so every bite is moist and chewy but still has the perfect crunch.

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
1 cup quick-cooking oats (Try Bob's Red Mill certified gluten-free oats)
1/8 cup sunflower kernels
1/8 cup walnut pieces
1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
Pinch salt
Pinch cinnamon (optional)
1 small handful raisins (optional)

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, peanut butter, agave, and vegan butter. Stir in the oats, sunflower kernels, walnuts, chocolate chips, salt, cinnamon, and raisins. If the mixture is still warm from the melted butter, be sure to let it cool so that the chocolate chips do not melt.
  • Place the mixture on 2 to 3 pieces of aluminum foil or place the aluminum foil over a cookie sheet to make it more sturdy. (The foil will make it easier to remove in one piece after the mixture has cooled.) Press the mixture down flat (like in the image above) so that the bars will cook evenly.
  • Bake for approximately 12 to 15 minutes. When the edges start to turn light brown and caramelize, remove from the oven and let cool completely before serving. Put a plate over the bars, flip the plate over, and peel off the foil. Enjoy!
Makes 6 servings

Try breaking them up by hand for a nice homemade look, try baking in an oven-safe dish and cutting into square bars, or simply cut them into triangles. If you have extra chocolate, you can even drizzle it on top for a fancier look or dip the bottom in chocolate and let harden in the freezer to add a sweet chocolate layer. You’ll be surprised at how quick and easy these are to make!

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