Hey…Here’s a Cookie that is Good for You!

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Heart Healthy Chewy Chocolate-Oat Bars

These cookies from Betty Crocker Cookbook Heart Health Edition have only 170 calories, 2 grams of saturated fat and 5 milligrams of cholesterol per serving.  With all of the medical news about the health benefits of chocolate, this is great timing to add this quick recipe to your repertoire.  They only take 20 minutes to make and about that long to bake (just allow 1 ½ hours for cooling).

½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup canola or soy bean oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons butter, softened

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat the chocolate chips and milk in a medium heavy saucepan over low heat.  Cook, stirring, until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth, about 3 minutes; set aside.
Mix the flour, ½ cup of the oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl; set aside.  Combine the brown sugar, oil, egg and vanilla in a medium bowl with a fork until smooth; stir into the flour mixture until blended.  Reserve ½ cup of the dough in a small bowl for topping.
Pat the remaining dough into a greased 8-inch square baking dish; spread the chocolate mixture over the dough.  Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of the oats and the butter to the reserved dough; mix with pastry blender or fork until crumbly.  Drop small spoonfuls of oat mixture evenly over chocolate mixture.
Bake until top is golden and firm, 20-25 minutes. Cool completely, about 1 ½ hours.  Cut into 16 squares.

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