Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars



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These healthy oatmeal chocolate chip bars are made without flour, oil or refined sugar. They come together quickly in one bowl and are perfect for meal prep. Vegan + gluten-free.

Introducing your new favorite snack: these healthy oatmeal chocolate chip bars!

They’re made with wholesome healthier ingredients like almond butter, maple syrup, bananas and rolled oats. You won’t find any flour, oil or refined sugar here! They’re also super easy to make in just one bowl. Trust me, these bars are easily going to become a new family favorite.

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Multiple oatmeal chocolate chip bars on parchment paper.

Why You’ll Love These Bars

  • They’re naturally sweetened and packed with fiber, omega-3s and protein.
  • So easy to make… just mix, bake and enjoy.
  • These bars are a great choice for breakfast, a mid-day snack or healthy dessert.
  • You can customize the recipe with your favorite nuts or dried fruits.
  • Egg-free, gluten-free, oil-free, dairy-free + vegan.
Ingredients measured out to make Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars: rolled oats, almond butter, flaxseed, mashed banana, baking powder, maple syrup, sea salt, chocolate chips and vanilla.

Ingredients Needed

  • almond butter – adds a rich, creamy texture to these bars and helps to bind everything together. The almond butter also adds some healthy fat so there’s no need for added oil in these bars. Check the ingredient label to make sure the only ingredient is almonds (or almonds and salt). I used Wild Friends almond butter, but I also like the 365 organic almond butter from Whole Foods. You’ll want your almond butter to have a drippy consistency rather than super thick.
  • ripe banana – adds a natural sweetness and moistness to the bars. Plus, it’s a great way to use up those overripe bananas on your counter.
  • maple syrup – we’re only using 1/4 cup of maple syrup to keep these bars low-sugar. Make sure you’re using pure maple syrup instead of pancake syrup as that’s loaded with corn syrup and additives.
  • flaxseed – instead of an egg we’re using ground flaxseed to help bind these bars together. The flaxseed also adds fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. My favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill organic flaxseed.
  • vanilla extract – a nice flavor enhancer.
  • old fashioned oats – the base for these bars and what gives them a chewy texture. Plus, they’re a great source of fiber and keep you feeling full. Oats are often cross-contaminated, so make sure to grab certified gluten-free oats if needed. My favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats.
  • baking powder – helps the bars rise.
  • sea salt – to bring all the flavors together.
  • chocolate chips – because everything is better with chocolate, right? I love Lily’s chocolate chips for a low-sugar option and Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips for a dairy-free/soy-free option, but feel free to use your favorite type of chocolate chips. Semi-sweet chocolate chips or white chocolate chips would both be delicious!
Collage of four photos showing how to make Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars: mixing the batter, adding to a pan and baking.

How to Make

Prep: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. Then grab an 8×8 inch baking dish and either line it with parchment paper or give it a good spray with cooking spray, then set it aside for later.

Mix wet ingredients: In a medium bowl combine the drippy almond butter, mashed ripe banana, maple syrup, flaxseed and vanilla extract. Use a whisk to mix everything together until well combined.

Add dry ingredients: In the same mixing bowl add the old-fashioned oats, baking powder and sea salt. Stir everything together to combine thoroughly.

Add chocolate chips: Gently fold in the chocolate chips until they’re distributed throughout the batter.

Bake: Transfer your batter to the prepared baking pan. Use a spatula to spread the mixture evenly across the pan, smoothing out the top as you go. For a little extra indulgence, sprinkle a few more chocolate chips over the top. Place the bars in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when they turn a beautiful golden brown color on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool: Once baked, it’s crucial to let the bars cool completely in the pan before you attempt to cut them into squares for serving. This will ensure they hold their shape and don’t crumble apart. Enjoy!

A oatmeal chocolate chip bar with a bite taken from it.

Substitutions & Notes

Almond butter – If you don’t have it on hand or prefer a different nut butter, feel free to swap it out. Peanut butter or cashew butter would both work well. For a nut-free option use tahini or sunflower seed butter.

Banana – The banana here acts as a natural sweetener and helps to bind the ingredients. If you don’t have any ripe bananas, unsweetened applesauce would be a good alternative. You can also use pumpkin puree for a different flavor twist.

Maple syrup – You could substitute this with honey, agave nectar or even date syrup if preferred.

Flaxseed – If you don’t have flaxseed, chia seeds could be used as a substitute as they also have good binding properties. You could also use 1 egg if you don’t need these bars to be vegan.

Chocolate chips – Swap the chocolate chips with another mix-in of choice if you want. Shredded coconut, dried cranberries, raisins or chopped nuts (like almonds, pecans or walnuts) would all be great options!

Multiple oatmeal chocolate chip bars on parchment paper.

How to Serve

These chocolate chip oatmeal bars are incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in various ways throughout the day:

  • On-the-go breakfast: These bars are healthy enough for breakfast and perfect for those busy mornings when you just need to grab something and go. They’re portable, mess-free and will keep you full until lunchtime.
  • Breakfast accompaniment: Serve a bar as a side along with your usual breakfast. They pair well with hard boiled eggsegg white bitesbaked egg muffins or a protein shake.
  • As a snack: Enjoy a bar for a mid-afternoon snack or post-workout treat. I love serving them with a drizzle of almond butter or peanut butter for more protein.
  • For dessert: I love having a bar for a healthy dessert after dinner. For the ultimate treat, serve one with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream.
Oatmeal chocolate chip bars in a square baking pan.

How to Store

At room temperature: Once cooled, place the oatmeal cookie bars in a sealed airtight container. They will stay fresh for about 2 days at room temperature.

In the fridge: These bars will stay fresh for up to 1 week in the fridge. I like using glass storage containers or Stasher bags for storage.

In the freezer: For longer storage you can freeze these bars for up to 3 months in a freezer-safe container. To enjoy, thaw overnight in the refrigerator or for a few hours at room temperature.

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5 from 4 votes

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

These healthy oatmeal chocolate chip bars are made without flour, oil or refined sugar. They come together quickly in one bowl and are perfect for meal prep. Vegan + gluten-free. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12


  • ¾ cup drippy almond butter, I used Wild Friends almond butter
  • ½ cup mashed ripe banana
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, plus more for topping
  • Flaky sea salt, for topping, optional


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Add nut butter, mashed banana, maple syrup, flaxseed and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
    A woman's hand using a whisk in a bowl of wet ingredients for the healthy oatmeal chocolate chip bars.
  • Add rolled oats, baking powder and sea salt to the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir to combine.
    A woman's hand with a silicon spatula mixing the ingredients for oatmeal chocolate chip bars in a large mixing bowl.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
    Ingredients for the oatmeal chocolate chip bars in a large mixing bowl with a silicone spatula and a cluster of chocolate chips.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan and smooth out the top with a spatula. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top.
    A woman's hand using a silicone spatula to form the oatmeal chocolate chip bars in a square baking pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top and toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    Oatmeal chocolate chip bars in a square baking pan.
  • Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares and serving.


Serving: 1 bar | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
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    1. Hi Margaret – Omitting the maple syrup and vanilla will alter the flavor and sweetness level of these bars. I bet they will still be delicious, just a little less sweet. If you give them a try, let me know how they turn out for you!

    1. WOO! I am so glad this recipe is a hit for you and your little one, Lisa. Thank you for sharing your review & star rating, it means so much to me!