Friday, April 1, 2011

whole grain chocolate chip bars

I grew up with homemade treats in my school lunch and I really enjoy making stuff for my kids' lunch.  Like many other people, this past year I discovered Kim Boyce's whole wheat chocolate chip cookie recipe.  It seems silly to me now, all those years making cookies with white flour, when whole wheat actually tastes better.  My kids love them; I make them regularly.  I'm really not interested in cutting butter or sugar from cookies because they're meant to be a treat (eat two, not five).  But, I like using whole grains, and honestly they taste great in baking.  So, it's not less fattening, but it is more nutritious.

Whole Wheat and Oat Chocolate Chip Bars
3  cups whole wheat flour*
1 tsp soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 egg
2 tsp vanilla
12 oz  bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375. Whisk together dry ingredients and set aside. Beat butter, sugars, egg and vanilla till fluffy and add dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips. Press onto a lined cookie sheet.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

You will have school lunch treats for a week or more!

*A note about whole wheat flour
Whole wheat flour needs to be kept in the freezer.  The oil in the flour goes rancid really quickly; so only buy a small bag at a time.  I find that buying any dry goods in bulk here is a bad idea; even stuff in unopened packages goes mouldy from the humidity after a couple of weeks.  


  1. Hi, I would like to visit Panama and I cannot find anybody who I can talk to about this place. Is it possible you could write me a note so I could speak to you? I speak mostly French and some Spanish. I am a woman and I live in Dominican Republic because my family had to leave Haiti, I am interested in coming to Panama to buy clothing to resell back here so I can support my family. Please write me back. I would so apperciated.

  2. Hi Fortune,
    Unfortunately, I don't think I can be much help. I know people do buy clothes and stuff here in the free port in Colon to sell. But I know nothing about how you actually do that. Sorry, I wish I had more information to offer you.

    Good luck and take care