Oh yes! There’s a reason why I named this concoction Paradise Cookie Bars. It’s because they’re cookie bars that taste like…mmm hmmm….PARADISE!!
I also really love this recipe because for a cookie, it sure is healthier than most others. Not your basic chocolate chip cookie, for sure. In fact, it’s not so much about the chocolate chips at all!! Take a look at the list of ingredients.
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup oats
2 teaspoons wheat germ
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking soda (aluminum free is best)
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter (I used salted because it’s what I had, but you can use unsalted)
1 TABLEspoon vanilla (not a type-o)
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup walnuts
1 cup crushed pineapple (not chunks!!)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or more depending on your taste)
1. Mix the dry ingredients: sugar, flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and wheat germ in your favorite mixer.
2. Melt butter a bit in microwave (doesn’t need to be all the way melted…) and dump into mixing bowl on top of dry ingredients.
3. Add vanilla and two eggs and mix again.
4. Next, add pineapple, coconut, and walnuts. Mix just til blended.
5. Remove from mixing bowl and place onto 10×14 baking dish. I use a stone, but you can use what you have. Flatten out with hands.
6. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and press down lightly into the dough.
7. Bake at 350 for ABOUT 15 minutes. Time will depend on your oven and your pan. Watch and remove from oven when lightly browned on top.
Your kids will probably have no idea they’re eating pineapple. And definitely won’t have a clue the wheat germ’s in there.
So yummy and moist. It’s a shame not to cut and eat one right out of the oven.
I cut my piece from this corner right here. MMMMM.