Bran Chocolate Chip Bars are yet another way to use All-Bran cereal. This recipe is originally from Kellogg’s, which as you would expect has a decent collection of bran recipes.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this recipe. The recipe is from a test kitchen, so I knew it would be okay, but do chocolate chip bars really need bran? Would the cereal do anything for the cookie? I liked the fact the bars had a little fiber, and the whole wheat flour was a good thing too. But if a snack bar doesn’t taste great, what’s the point?
As it happened, the bars were a surprise hit! The bran adds a lot of flavor, but it also gives the bars a very firm, chewy, texture. They should come out shiny-topped, dense, not overly sweet, and all-around unique. The kids I know liked them, so they’re perfect for play groups, brownie meetings, or an afternoon treat with coffee.
Bran Chocolate Chip Bars
- 1 1/3 cup All Bran Original cereal
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour 4.5 oz -- fluff and spoon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1/3 cup extra dark chocolate morsels
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9 inch metal pan with foil and spray bottom with cooking spray.
- Stir together cereal, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Beat oil, egg and sugar together in a large mixing bowl (I did this with a whisk). Stir in vanilla and water. Add cereal mixture, stirring until well combined. Stir in chocolate morsels. Spread evenly in pan and bake for about 30 minutes. Cool completely.
- Lift foil from pan, set on a rack and cut into 24 bars.
- Yield: 24 squares