Chocolate Chunk Cookie Oat Bites
These oaty bites of chocolate cookie goodness have finally arrived and are a perfect little treat! I especially love the dark chocolate chunks in these as they create a gooey pools within the bake, even once it's cooled. However, this recipe also works perfectly with other toppings inside such as dried fruits, nuts, salted pretzels and other types of chocolate bars. Get creative with it and most importantly, ENJOY!
200g rolled oats
180g all purpose flour
230g unsalted butter
200g light brown sugar
50g granulated sugar
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
180g dark chocolate (or your other chosen topping. See below for ideas)
A few pinches of flaky sea salt (for the top once baked)
Tips Before Baking
Other than dark chocolate chunks, you can replace your topping with a variety of other ingredients such as dried fruits (sultanas, raisins, cranberries), white chocolate chunks, milk chocolate chunks or even some of your favourite branded chocolate. I have a feeling m&m’s will be magic in this!
Rolled oats work best for this recipe as it gives the bake a chewier consistency. If you don’t have rolled oats, standard porridge oats will work just as well. The difference is, porridge oats are ground up into finer pieces as opposed to rolled oats, which are flattened into a larger oat (and not ground).
It's important to make sure your refrigerated ingredients are at room temperature before baking with.
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees (with fan assist) or 180 degrees without fan. I also find it easier to have all ingredients measured out before you start baking or else, things start getting a little fiddly. This includes having your chocolate cut into chunky chunks.
Next, line your baking tray with greaseproof paper. My baking tray is around 7 inches by 9 inches. However, you can use any tray around 9x9 inches. Just bear in mind, the bigger the tray, the thinner the bake.
On the hob, place your butter in a small saucepan and simmer for 3-4 minutes on a medium heat until golden. You want all the butter melted and bubbling away. Make sure it doesn’t burn! Once golden, pour the butter into your mixing bowl.
Add your vanilla and sift in your light brown and granulated sugar. Whisk until just combined. I use an electric whisk however, a normal whisk will be fine. Then, add the eggs one by one whilst whisking between. Whisk until the mixture has turned into a pale golden colour then, add the milk and stir.
Next, sift in all your dry ingredients. This includes the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Fold the mixture using a spatula (don't whisk it).
Add your oats into the mixture and fold until just combined.
Next, add your chocolate chunks (or your other chosen toppings). Keep some chocolate chunks aside so you can add to the top when you transfer the mixture into the baking tray. Try not to overdo the folding as the bake will become quite dense.
Finally, dollop the mixture into your baking tray. I found it easy to dollop it in different sections of the tray as its quite hard to spread. Press the mixture evenly down with a spatular, then add your chocolate chunks on top!
Pop it into the oven for around 20-25 minutes. Check on it halfway through by poking a metal knife inside. Some ovens are hotter than others so timings may be a little different. You want the mixture to be slightly wet inside still and turn into a golden colour around the edges.
Once taken out from the oven, remove the oaty bake out from the baking tray and set on a cooling rack to cool. Then, sprinkle your sea salt on top for that extra touch! Before cutting, let the bake cool for at least 45 minutes-1 hour. Feel free to dig into this when it's still warm. Mmmmmm!
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