These super chewy and sweet healthy oatmeal chocolate chip bars are just 7 ingredients, full of melty chocolate chips, and the perfect easy cookie bar recipe! Naturally vegan, eggless, dairy free, and refined sugar free, yet you’d never know it!

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Why you need to try these easy oatmeal chocolate chip bars

If you’re an oatmeal cookie lover or just love cookie bars in general, then you’re going to absolutely adore these secretly healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars.

They’re so incredibly easy, made with just 7 ingredients, and yield a super chewy and sweet oatmeal cookie in bar form. Loaded with chocolate chips, these healthy oatmeal bars will taste more like dessert than anything!

Plus, these oatmeal chocolate chip bars are naturally vegan, eggless, dairy free, and refined sugar free (not to mention, also nut free and soy free!).

Oh, and the best part is you can prep these oatmeal cookie bars in just 5 minutes and they’re ready to devour in just 25 minutes!

stack of oatmeal chocolate chip bars

You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make these oatmeal chocolate chip bars:

  • Rolled oats: use gluten free if needed.
  • Flour: you can use all-purpose, gluten-free 1:1 baking flour, or even oat flour! See the below sections for recommendations, including in the recipe card.
  • Leavening agents
  • Vegan butter: you can use coconut oil, but these vegan cookie bars taste best with vegan butter. I recommend Flora Plant Butter.
  • Unsweetened applesauce: this will replace the egg yolks.
  • Maple syrup: these vegan oatmeal cookie bars are entirely refined sugar free as well!
  • Chocolate chips: I recommend Pascha Organics for a completely vegan, dairy-free, AND fair trade chocolate. They have 100% dark chocolate, 85%, vegan milk chocolate, and even stevia sweetened!
baked oatmeal cookie bars

How to make healthy oatmeal chocolate chip bars (overview)

For the full written instructions and ingredient measurements, see the bottom of this post in the recipe card. You can also hit the “jump to recipe” button at the top of this post! Here, we’ll go over a brief overview of the steps, along with providing visuals for a better understanding of the recipe.

To start, I recommend measuring out all ingredients before beginning, and reading through the instructions. Though these oatmeal chocolate chip bars are super easy, it’s always a good idea to read through a recipe before beginning.

It’s also important that your vegan butter is room temperature, along with the maple syrup and the applesauce. Otherwise, the wet ingredients won’t be able to combine properly, leaving potentially dry oatmeal cookie bars. Not fun!

Once you have all of your ingredients, these vegan oatmeal cookie bars can be made in a few simple steps:

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. Cream together the wet ingredients.
  3. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet, and stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Press the dough into a baking pan and top with additional chocolate chips.
  5. Bake the cookie bars!
  6. Slice and serve!
how to make oatmeal chocolate chip bars

You can easily make these super simple oatmeal cookie bars gluten free as well. As I mentioned above, you can use either gluten free 1:1 baking flour or oat flour. I’ve tested both options, and I honestly love the oat flour version. I make my own oat flour, so these bars are super oaty and delicious!

For the gluten free 1:1 baking flour, you can swap in the same amount that you would use for all-purpose flour. However, with the oat flour, you’ll actually use a bit more, and add in a touch of arrowroot powder (or starch).

To jazz up these easy vegan cookie bars, try adding in a few of these awesome mix-ins:

vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars

You are just going to absolutely love these easy vegan oatmeal chocolate chip bars! They taste like a deliciously chewy oatmeal cookie in bar form and are just so simple to make. I mean, how amazing are those ingredients?!

Find the full recipe in the recipe card below, and enjoy! Don’t forget to leave a review if you try them, and be sure to check out these other vegan cookie recipes you’ll love!

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Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free)

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Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free!)

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These super chewy and sweet healthy oatmeal chocolate chip bars are just 7 ingredients, full of melty chocolate chips, and the perfect easy cookie bar recipe! Naturally vegan, eggless, dairy free, and refined sugar free, yet you’d never know it!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 160 grams rolled oats
  • 160 grams all-purpose flour (see note for gluten-free oat flour version)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 150 grams unsweetened applesauce, room temperature
  • 120 grams maple syrup, room temperature
  • 113 grams vegan butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F, and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and oil.
  2. Measure out all ingredients before beginning.
  3. Whisk the dry ingredients: in a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, rolled oats, arrowroot starch, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients: in a large bowl, cream together the vegan butter and maple syrup, about 2-3 minutes. Then add in the applesauce and vanilla extract and mix again.
  5. Fold in the dry ingredients: add the dry ingredients to the wet and use a rubber spatula to gently fold together. The mixture will be very thick like a dough. If needed, you can add an additional 2 tbsp of dairy free milk. Then fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Bake the cookie bars: press the dough into the baking pan and bake the oatmeal bars for 25-27 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven, and allow the cookie bars to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. 
  7. Slice and serve: slice and serve the oatmeal cookie bars with a sprinkle of sea salt. Enjoy!

Notes

Gluten free oat flour: instead of using 160 grams all-purpose flour, replace with 170 grams oat flour + 1 tbsp arrowroot starch. 

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