Chocolate Chip Bars

It all started with not being able to open up a jar of coconut oil…

It was 4 in the afternoon and my husband was going to be home in a few hours. I really really wanted to make him THESE bars, healthified a little, since he’s been studying for hours on end for a huge licensing test.

I was going off of 3 hours of sleep because one child has an ear infection, and the other well..who the freak knows why she still doesn’t sleep.

Life was stressful.

So why not add to it and make a huge mess in the kitchen…

In all reality the bars weren’t going to be for him, but in some twisted way for me. It was the shopping for shoes and clothes therapy that I couldn’t afford, and I figured eating sugar would be the only solution to my problem…

Skip and jump forward to opening the jar of coconut oil and lo and behold it just wouldn’t budge. I heated it, twisted it, swore at it, then finally gave up. I scrambled to find a replacement fat for the bars, and figured a banana would do. Then as I searched my cupboards for flour, of coarse they were bare as a baby’s bum…(wrong analogy?)

At this point Sweet Pea was awake, Boo was singing about boogers and turkey, and I’d had enough.

So I did what I knew best and made these bars really healthy, and non appealing what so ever to my husband…

I guess you could call these Chocolate Chip Bars…. ๐Ÿ™‚

*These are not overly sweet bars like a true cookie dough bar would taste like. It’s merely giving you the pleasure of eating a dessert, without adding an inch to your waist…and it solves all your problems too! :)*


1 c. cooked chickpeas

1 banana-super duper ripe

1 egg

1/3 c. oats

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

dash of salt

dash of cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

1/3 c. mini chocolate chips

Optional-you could sweeten with a TB or 2 of liquid sweetener, or a few drops of stevia…


1. Throw everything besides chocolate chips into a blender. Blend until creamy, then fold in chocolate chips. Spread evenly in an 8×8 greased pan and bake for about 20 minutes. If you want them gooey, bake less.

Top with PB, banana ice cream, or make a cookie dough bar sandwich…

You must know that I didn’t even mention these bars to my husband because I just wanted them all to myself. Or I ate them all by myself…

Actually I shared one with Boo.

And then she took like a 3 hour nap afterwards.

Ha ha ha

Totally just kidding.


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  1. My fool-proof way of opening any jar: take the back of a knife and hit the edge of the lid a few times around its circumference. It will twist off easily afterward.

  2. LOVE the ingredients list in these – the chickpeas, the banana, the chocolate chips of course! Amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Wow! These are delicious! I literally just devoured half the pan!
    I didn’t add to many chocolate chips as my LO has not had chocolate yet, but I did spread PB on top of some and some honey on others! They would be great for breakfast! I thought about making another batch just to freeze and have on hand!

  4. You rule. Seriously.

    I was reading my blogs this evening and dealing with the nightly “gosh, I really want something sweet, but I really shouldn’t” internal struggle. And then these popped up. And they’re healthy. And I had everything I needed in my pantry. And now I am sitting here eating some and I am very happy.

    Calorie count on these rule. I would give these to my kids in a heartbeat, and *possibly* even for a snack?!

  5. Angie T. says:

    These look great as is but I’m really curious about the original version you were going to do if you could get the coconut oil jar open (i bang the lid part on the floor a few times and that usually works ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love the flavor of coconut oil in your other baked desserts so I’d like to put some in this too. And I sure do understand about the no-sleep dilemma. My boy is 3 and he’s a terrible sleeper too :-/ Thanks & good luck!

  6. These look fantastic! I had the same problem (only with a jar of salsa) while my husband was out of the country. I tried everything! I hit it on the counter, ran it under hot water, cold water…. Finally I read you can you a bottle opener to break the vacuum seal. Worked like a charm! I’m never going to turn red trying to open a jar again.

  7. mm these looks delish! never thought of using chickpeas in a dessert!! mmm
    thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I think you are my new best friend! I was just looking for a healthy grocery list on Pinterest and found yours. I do the whole pin it thing and it brought me to this page with an amazing chocolate cake on it. I’m thinking to myself I just got had or something so I do the whole process again and bam chocolate cake…. Still I’m bewildered and can’t find the healthy part of this page but then I started reading it! I’m so excited! But where do I find the grocery list I’m going shopping in the morning with three kids so I need to get prepared ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Christine says:

    These sound delicious but how long do u cook the chickpeas?

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