Who needs sugar when you can eat butter? What I mean to say is, these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars taste lightly sweet and deliciously buttery. What else can we possibly need? (Chocolate chips.) Ah yes. Chocolate chips. Well, I guess we’ve thought of everything.
As many of you know, I’m not much into sugar anymore. But I do like a barely sweet treat to enjoy with my coffee. I’m not terribly picky. I think something is plenty sweet when it is only barely sweet. Much more sweetness than that seems like much too much these days.
My kids think I’m weird about this (and at least a couple of other things) and have become a bit leery of my homemade “super low sugar treats.” If Mom is eating it, it must be one of those weirdo stevia sweetened things and it probably won’t taste as good as a candy bar. I beg to differ, but I also remember being a teen and liking my Twix and Pepsi.
Now then, I guess it’s my job to confess that because of the aforementioned, I have learned to wait to eat my low sugar treats until AFTER I have served some to my sons. The two sons still living at home are the pickiest of our four. (And now we have an almost-adopted son, so I’ll be learning to say five sons instead of four, oh my goodness!)
My picky kids aren’t always willing to try new foods, so I must be wise in how I present them. I am MOM, therefore I know more than they do (about everything except Fortnite). I know very well that they will like the treat if only they try it with an open mind. After all, did I mention the butter? And the chocolate chips? And there’s actual sugar in it, not stevia. It’s just that I cut the sugar from 1 1/2 cups all the way down to just a 1/2 cup.
Just eat the cookie bars, kids.
So they did. And they like them. Shocker.
I snuck one later with my coffee, which made them second guess for a moment if they still liked them. Silly boys.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- 1 cup melted butter (2 sticks)
- ½ cup brown sugar or sucanat
- 2 eggs
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole grain flour (I use freshly ground soft white wheat)
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Stir together melted butter and brown sugar.
- Add eggs, baking soda, salt, and vanilla, stirring well.
- Stir in flour until well combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Spread dough into an 8x8 inch baking dish.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Allow bars to cool for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Are your kids leery to try any of your “healthier foods” for fear you might be serving them something weird? Silly kids.
Here are many more Low Sugar Treats that I promise my kids like, so yours will too!