These little bites of heaven only require 5 main ingredients.
They are so simple and SO delicious. I’m officially addicted- and I promise you will be too. A new staple in my kitchen!
They’re vegan + gluten free, and you would seriously never know! I think they taste like a bakery style cookie- but they are SO easy to make and a bit healthier ;). You can load them up with chocolate chips, or you can spread them with melty chocolate like I did here. Both ways are absolutely delicious!
I love having something sweet around made with staple ingredients. The oats combined with the nutty walnuts just gives these little squares the best flavor.
Soft, gooey, nutty walnut oat cookie bars. The best gluten free and vegan treat!
- 1 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4–1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (or for a melty chocolate topping seen in the photos- use 1/3 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 tsp coconut oil melted in the microwave or stovetop)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Add oats, walnuts, and sea salt to a food processor. Pulse for 15-20 seconds, until a meal forms.
- While processor is still on, pour in maple syrup and avocado oil. Process until a dough forms. This should take 1 minute or less.
- Spread dough onto an 8×8 square baking dish lined with parchment paper. Be patient- it will take a minute to spread the dough evenly. Tip: make sure to keep an inch or 2 of the baking dish unfilled on all 4 sides so that the bars are not spread too thin. I use a small spatula to shape the dough into a square about 1/2 inch thick.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top (or if you want the melty chocolate topping, save that for after the bars are baked and cooled) . Bake for 11-12 minutes, then immediately lift parchment paper up to remove bars from the baking dish. Allow to completely cool, then slice into 12 squares. Note: if you don’t allow the bars to cool before slicing, they will be very fragile!
I do not reccommend substituting a different nut here, or using aluminum foil in place of parchment paper!