So this recipe is advertised as "healthy." And also "idiot proof." I will absolutely confirm the latter. The former...eh, it's a "depends on what your definition of 'is' is" kinda thing. That said, you could do a lot worse for a sweet treat. More on this later. In terms of ease, you could do a lot worse in this area as well. It's a one-bowl, zero-prep, mix and bake recipe, and took about 8 minutes before I tossed it in the oven for 25 minutes.
The original recipe calls for:
Taste: Oaty and chocolatey and brown sugary. Stands to reason. These aren't a sweet, dissolve in your mouth kind of snack by any means. These puppies are DENSE. This may have been due in part to not using the pastry flour, as the original recipe calls for, but it's actually kind of nice to have a filling snack or breakfast or treat. One square is definitely enough, as opposed to a butter-based cookie or brownie, where you don't feel like you've had enough until it's way too late.
Nutrition: Well, these are "healthy-ish." Yes, oats are great for you. Whole grains and fiber and all that goodness. If you use whole wheat flour, even better.
But let's be honest: there's still a bunch of brown sugar and chocolate in here, not to mention a cup of oily fat. All that said, I did some math (brace yourselves). A cup of brown sugar has about 840 calories. The chocolate chips have about 1200 calories. Seems like a lot, but I got 35 substantial squares out of my pan. Assuming I divided everything with laser-like precision, that's about 24 sugar calories and 35 chocolate chip calories per square. I'm not going to add up the estimated caloric value and portions of everything else, but I will say it's not the worst you could do for a sweet treat in terms of whole grains and sugar breakdown.
Life: One bowl, 30 minutes? Yeah, totally worth it. Plus, these are kind of hard to mess up, and easy to mix up if you don't have absolutely everything on hand or want to switch up your fats or swap out chocolate for something else. It's so easy and adaptable, it hardly counts as baking since you're unlikely to screw it up by changing things much. I'd say it's a good option if you're dying for a cookie (or a project) but don't want to go off the rails, or want a family snack that feels like a treat.
Now please enjoy a bonus photo of a sneaky dog with a bottomless pit for a stomach, stalking a potential snack.
Trying foods, trying moves and trying to be more awesome.