Best healthy chocolate chip oatmeal bars that are super moist, fluffy, and gluten free. Made with good for you ingredients like rolled oats, homemade oat flour, almond milk, and naturally sweetened with real maple syrup. The perfect breakfast, snack, and dessert.
Best gluten free chocolate chip oatmeal bars
Fluffy oatmeal bars make for the best on-the-go snack, breakfast, and dessert. Besides their incredible taste, I just love how easy they are to make and store. In fact, for the past few weeks, I have been baking a batch over the weekend and enjoying them all week long! Just ask my friends, I think I have made this recipe 10 times now!
Not only are these homemade soft oatmeal bars healthier than a packaged breakfast bar, but they will also keep you full for hours. Just drizzle some peanut butter, nut butter, or maple syrup on top and enjoy! Everybody needs a simple and delicious oatmeal bar recipe in their life.
What makes these oatmeal bars healthy?
I love making baked goods that taste delicious with good-for-you ingredients! And these homemade chocolate chips oatmeal bars are as clean and nutritious as possible without taking away from the delicious moist texture. You only need a few very simple ingredients, all of which are healthier alternatives to what you’ll find in store-bought brands. There are no preservatives, no refined sugars, and no random ingredients in these oat bars!
- ZERO refined sugars. These bars are naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and a dash of coconut sugar. By using these types of healthier unrefined sweeteners, I am removing all refined sugars!
- 100% whole grain. By using old fashion rolled oats, these breakfast oatmeal bars are whole grain, full of fiber, and have a dash of protein.
- Dairy-free. By using unrefined coconut oil and almond milk, I am removing all dairy which is perfect for lactose-free people!
You’ll only need a few, simple ingredients to get this easy snack, breakfast, and dessert recipe going! I am all about simplicity, so don’t worry; all these ingredients are easy and affordable! Here are the 10 ingredients you need to make these fluffy & moist healthy chocolate chip oatmeal bars:
- Eggs: the 2 eggs in this recipe help make these oatmeal squares fluffy and light.
- Almond milk: add in 1/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk or any plant milk you like!
- Coconut oil: 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil is essential to keeping these breakfast bars super moist.
- Maple syrup: measure out 1/3 cup maple syrup so that these oatmeal bars are perfectly sweet.
- Vanilla extract: just a dash of vanilla extract goes a long way!
- Coconut sugar: then add in 1/4 cup of coconut sugar!
- Oat flour: I made my own oat flour by blending rolled oats in a high speed blender until it becomes a flour texture. You’ll need 1 and 1/4 cups of oat flour.
- Rolled oats: Measure out 2/3 cup of old fashion rolled oats. Make sure to use gluten-free certified rolled oats if you are gluten-free!
- Baking powder: 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder is needed for these fluffy oat bars to rise.
- Cinnamon: 1 teaspoon of cinnamon adds a ton of flavor to these moist bars!
- Chocolate chips: Adds the perfect amount of chocolate and sweetness to these bars. I used my favorite chocolate chips: Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips!
Kitchen tools used
Healthy chocolate chip oatmeal bars are made using 4 tools and items. You are going to love how easy clean up is going to be! Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need for this healthy breakfast and snack recipe:
- High-Speed Blender
- Large mixing bowl
- 8×8 inch baking pan
- Measuring cups: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make healthy chocolate chip oatmeal bars
Fluffy oatmeal breakfast bars are incredibly easy to make! All you need to do is whisk the eggs, almond milk, melted coconut oil, and maple syrup; then fold in the oat flour and rolled oats, and finally bake the moist bars! Here, I’ll walk you through each step of how to make healthy chocolate chip oat bars:
First, preheat oven to 350ºF and line or grease an 8×8 pan with parchment and set aside.
Then, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, almond milk, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and coconut sugar.
After that, add in the homemade oat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, and cinnamon.
Mix and gently fold in chocolate chips, evenly pour batter into the lined pan, and sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top.
Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and bars are golden brown.
Let cool before cutting into bars and enjoy!
Easy ingredient substitutions:
Here are my recommendations for ingredient substitutions for these oatmeal bars. So do not worry if you are missing an ingredient or want to make a swap!
- Rolled oats: Simply use quick oats in place of the old fashion rolled oats. Do not use steal cut oats.
- Maple syrup: You can try and use honey or agave syrup here! Swap it out one for one.
- Coconut oil: I only tested this recipe with melted coconut oil; however, you are more than welcome to try swapping it out with melted unsalted butter, canola oil, or vegetable oil! It should work perfectly.
- Homemade oat flour: You can sub store-bought oat flour in place of the homemade oat flour. I personally like the texture of these bars with homemade oat flour, but both will work!
- Coconut sugar: You can use light brown sugar here!
Rolled oats vs. quick oats
Quick oats are rolled oats that have been cut and processed into smaller pieces. This means that they cook faster; however, since we are blending a majority of our oats in this recipe, there is no need to worry! You can swap out the old fashion rolled oats with quick oats one for one.
Frequently asked questions:
How do I store leftover oatmeal bars?
Simply store extra oatmeal bars at room temperature for up to 3 days by covering the pan in foil or cutting and placing them into an airtight container. They can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 days!
Can I freeze breakfast oatmeal bars?
Yes, simply wrap oatmeal bars in plastic wrap or tinfoil, then place them into a freezer safe bag, and freeze for up to 2-3 months.
Are these oatmeal bars gluten-free?
Yes! To make sure these healthy chocolate chip oatmeal bars are 100% gluten-free, used gluten-free certified rolled oats!
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Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup almond milk, unsweetened
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 ¼ cup oat flour, homemade *see notes
- ⅔ cup rolled oats, gluten-free or regular
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line or grease an 8×8 pan with parchment and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, almond milk, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and coconut sugar.
- Add in oat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix and gently fold in chocolate chips.
- Evenly pour batter into the lined pan and sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top.
- Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and bars are golden brown.
- Let cool before cutting into bars and enjoy!
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