Kitchen Sink Cookie Bars

Want a healthy cookie you can eat all day and a recipe open to all manner of substitutions? Enter: kitchen sink cookie bars. They are vegan. They are delicious. They are great with jam. They last a long time. What’s not to love?

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Kitchen Sink Cookie Bars

Need a little less sugar in your life? No prob, these kitchen sink bar whatever you wanna call them cookies taste like what you wish a Nutrigrain bar tasted like and are basically cookies without all the sugar. And we know that squash part sounds weird but bear with us… It all started when we ran out of eggs and remembered you can use applesauce instead of eggs for baked goods.
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 20 Minutes or Less, Kid-Friendly, One Pot Miracles
Dietary Need: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¾ cup maple sugar
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup squash puree (add a little water to make it a creamy consistency)
  • chocolate chips (to suit, optional)
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter
  • 1 jar jam (


  • Mix.
  • Dollop or layer with jam on top.
  • Bake at 350 for 15 minutes in cookie or bar sized objects.


Extra credit: Make your own quick jam. 2 cups of cranberries (we had some we had frozen from the holidays, but any type of berry would be great), a 1/2 cup of sugar, a little water, a handful of strawberries, over medium heat until it made itself into a puree.