DIY Whenever Bars



*This was my first blog post ever.   Since my writing has improved, it is high time to change a few things.   As I sit down to do this, the writing makes me want to close my computer and run, screaming, off into the woods.   If this is your first time to read this post, than great!  If not, then I’m sorry that you had to read the original.




Have any of you ever had the chocolate-coconut-oat Whenever Bars?   I have, and they are seriously the best snack bar ever.    They are gluten-free, and are also free of other allergens that would be so horrible to have, that I have blocked them from my mind.



Yes, I was gluten-free for three whole years.     Yet, even afterwards,   I couldn’t kick my Whenever Bar habit.    Eventually,  I thought it would be fun to re-create them.    I love the results.
These bars  are loaded with chocolate, oats, and are scattered with coconut and raisins.

As if you needed another reason to make these, they are quicker  to make than a batch of cookies.
Why?  No chilling time with bars!

If you are gluten-free (or not), and love chocolate,  these will fast become one of your favorite recipes.

Recipe:          Servings:   Makes 15 bars   Time, active:  35 minutes
Time, inactive  30 minutes.   Total Time:  65 minutes

1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of gluten free flour, I use Cup 4 Cup and love it
a heaping 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup rasins

To Make:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper and set aside
Using a stand or handheld electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter until it looks smooth, sort off (about 30 seconds to 1 minute).   Add the sugars and beat on medium speed until fluffy.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda together.
On low speed, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.  Still on low speed, add the chocolate chips, coconut, oats, and raisins and beat until combined.
Scrape the dough into the prepared pan and bake for around 20 minutes (the bars will be soft in the center).  Let cool completely, then cut into squares.

Recipe adapted from‘s chocolate cookie recipe.

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