Chocolate Chip Cherry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

16 bars | Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes


1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
3 tablespoons water
1 large egg
1/3 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups oats
3/4 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup shredded coconut


Preheat the oven to 375°F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and creamy. Mix in the brown and granulated sugars, cream for about 2 minutes. Stir ground flaxseed into water and let it sit for 2 minutes. Add the flaxseed mixture into the batter, then beat in the egg, appleasauce and vanilla extract, and mix until well incorporated.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda. Add to the mixing bowl on low speed until just combined. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, dried cherries and coconut.

Spread the batter into a 15x10 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cookies are a golden brown and set in the middle. Remove from oven and let it cool. Slice into bars and enjoy.

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