James Carrier
YieldsMakes 16 bars
Prep and Cook Time: about 30 minutes. Notes: You can store these bars airtight for up to 2 days.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, oil, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, applesauce, and vanilla until well blended.

Step 2
2

In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir or beat into butter mixture until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.

Step 3
3

Spread dough evenly in a lightly oiled 8-inch square baking pan. Sprinkle top evenly with granulated sugar.

Step 4
4

Bake in a 350° oven until pale golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool on a rack about 10 minutes, then cut into 1- by 4-inch bars. Let cool completely.

Step 5
5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per bar.

Ingredients

 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
 1 large egg
 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
 1 teaspoon vanilla
 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 2 cups regular rolled oats
 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Directions

Step 1
1

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, oil, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, applesauce, and vanilla until well blended.

Step 2
2

In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir or beat into butter mixture until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.

Step 3
3

Spread dough evenly in a lightly oiled 8-inch square baking pan. Sprinkle top evenly with granulated sugar.

Step 4
4

Bake in a 350° oven until pale golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool on a rack about 10 minutes, then cut into 1- by 4-inch bars. Let cool completely.

Step 5
5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per bar.

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