Oatmeal Raspberry Cookie Bars

With spring finally in the air (sort of), I can finally put the trainer away and hit the open roads. And what better way to fuel my rides than cookies! In the past, I used to take along the traditional Cliff Bar and energy gels but I never actually enjoyed eating any of those highly processed foods on my rides. They were dry, tasteless and just plain unappetizing. But once I discovered that there was a world or delicious, homemade foods that were not only designed for athletes but also tasted great (like these Blueberry & Chocolate Coconut Rice Cakes), I was immediately hooked.

The inspiration for this recipe came from Skratch Labs. They actually sell a cookie mix that works great for this recipe but it’s kinda expensive for just being cookie mix. So for these cookie bars, I took a traditional oatmeal cookie recipe and tweeked it just a bit by adding fresh raspberries for what I think are the best cookie bars ever!

What you’ll need: 

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries (if using frozen, make sure to thaw and drain completely)

Baking Items:

  • 9in baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Reynold non-stick pan lining paper (for individually wrapping the bars)

Step 1: In a medium bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar.

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Step 2: Beat in eggs one at a time and then stir in vanilla.

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Step 3: Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and stir into the creamed butter mixture. Mix in oats and form into a ball.

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Step 4: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a square baking tray lined with parchment paper, crumble half the cookie mixture into the pan. It doesn’t need to cover the entire bottom of the pan. Next, add your raspberries and the other half of the cookie dough.

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With wet hands, press down gently on the dough to make sure it’s evenly spread out in the pan.

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Step 5: Bake for 25-28 minutes or until the center has set and is firm to the touch. Let the cookies cool completely before removing from the pan.

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Step 6: Once cooled, remove the cookies from the pan and cut into individual squares. Wrap them into portable squares using the pan lining paper if you plan on taking them along with you on your ride/run. Here is an awesome tutorial on how to properly wrap your bars.

IMG_1857IMG_1871IMG_1874-2IMG_1883And there you have it – the most delicious and chewy mid-ride snack ever! Everyone will be envious of you as they reluctantly force down their store-bought granola bars. And best of all, you can even serve them to your non-cyclist friends and they will love you forever.

If you have any questions, simply leave a comment below!

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