Dark Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars

By Alexandra Caspero on January 24, 2018

You’ve gotta try these healthy oatmeal bars, they’re naturally sweetened oatmeal cookie bars, layered with dark chocolate almond butter. A simple vegan cereal bar recipe!

Healthy Oatmeal Bars!

Let me introduce you to your new favorite snack. Or dessert. Or breakfast. Or, anytime you want really want chocolate but also the wholesomeness of oatmeal and almonds.

These bars don’t last too long in my house. I’ve been making a batch a few times a month and BL always bee-lines for them as soon as I set them in the fridge. If you’ve followed our story for any time, you know that BL doesn’t bee-line for everything. He’s particularly wary of anytime I use dessert and kinda healthy in the same sentence.

But these? These are a favorite.

Simple cereal bar recipe with a dark chocolate filling

A super simple vegan cereal bar recipe!

Thankfully, they are also easy to put together. If you’ve ever made any kind of cereal bar before, you can make these.

Combine the oats, flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, almond butter and spices together to make a dough. It should come together fairly easily, but you might need to add a little more almond butter/flour depending on what kind of oats you use and how runny your almond butter is. You’ll know it’s right when you can pinch off a piece with your hands.

Place half of that in a 8×8″ baking dish and press to form a thick layer. Pop that in the fridge to harden while you make the chocolate.

Close up image of the almond granola bars with chocolate

Oh yeah, the chocolate. See that ribbon of dark chocolate? That’s what takes these bars to a whole ‘nother layer of deliciousness. I used dark chocolate chips, but you could also use a combination of dark and milk chocolate if you prefer. Need to keep these vegan? Then be sure to select dairy-free chocolate chips. We love Enjoy Life dairy-free chips!

Melt the chocolate, spread on top and pop back into the fridge to harden. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take too long. You just need the chocolate firm enough to spread more of the almond-oat dough on top.

Top with the oat mixture, then place back in the fridge one last time to firm up. This is usually about the time when BL comes into the kitchen asking if they are done.

Patience grasshopper, patience.

Slice ’em and eat! Because these have coconut oil in them, you’ll want to store them in the fridge. If by some miracle you don’t eat all of them in a few days, wrap the bars in plastic wrap and store in the freezer for 2-3 minutes. Thaw before eating.

Vegan dark chocolate later is the perfect way to top off this recipe

Stack of vegan dark chocolate cereal bars

Watch how to make these Dark Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars!

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Dark Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x
  • Category: snack
  • Method: No bake
  • Cuisine: vegan

Description

You’ve gotta try these healthy oatmeal bars, they’re naturally sweetened oatmeal cookie bars, layered with dark chocolate almond butter. A simple vegan cereal bar recipe!


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x
  • Category: snack
  • Method: No bake
  • Cuisine: vegan
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x
  • Category: snack
  • Method: No bake
  • Cuisine: vegan
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour or almond flour*
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup almond butter, divided (or other nut-butter)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line a 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, flour, maple syrup, 1/2 cup almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla and cinnamon. The mixture should be sticky and clump together easily. If it’s too crumbly, add a bit more nut butter. If too wet, add in more oats/flour.
  3. Transfer half of the mixture into the baking pan and spread evenly. I like to use a piece of parchment paper to press down the mixture evenly, but a small rolling pin (or your fingers!) also works. Place in the fridge and let harden for at least 30 minutes.
  4. After the mixture has hardened in the fridge, melt the chocolate chips along with the remaining 1/4 cup almond butter in a double boiler or small pot over boiling water until creamy and smooth. Pour the chocolate on the oat layer and refrigerate until hardened, about 1 hour.
  5. Remove the chocolate layer from the fridge and place the remaining oat mixture on top. I think it’s easiest to crumble the the remaining dough all over the chocolate and press together. Place back in the fridge to harden, at least 30 more minutes.
  6. Slice into 9-12 bars (depending on what size bar you like). The bars will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge or 6 months in the freezer.

Notes

*To make oat flour: placed rolled oats into a blender or food processor and pulse until a fine flour forms.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 256
  • Sugar: 19 g
  • Sodium: 41 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 5 g

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If you like these Healthy Oatmeal Bars, then you’ll want to try my vegan PB&J oatmeal Bars, Apple Pie Bars, Apple Pie Bars, Almond Joy Granola Bars, Almond Joy Granola Bars

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Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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    1. Linda
      October 16, 2022 AT 7:02 pm

      Love these!!!

    2. Cynthia
      May 17, 2022 AT 12:36 pm

      Looks like a good recipe. Could I use a butter substitute like Earth Balance instead of the coconut oil? And could I add some protein powder (I have unsweetened collagen powder), how much would you add, and do you have to change anything else if you add it? I want to have a good amount of protein in my bars for breakfast. Thanks.

      1. Alex
        May 19, 2022 AT 3:36 am

        Hi Cynthia,I have never made this with protein powder so not sure how that would effect the texture and ratio of other ingredients but if you try it, let me know how it works out. Earth Balance should be OK– the trick is that the fat needs to be solid at room temperature so the butter should work.

    3. bionaze
      February 17, 2021 AT 11:40 pm

      These came out amazing!! Perfect snack to just grab and go for some energy!

    4. Amanda K.
      May 22, 2020 AT 6:07 pm

      What would your replacement recommendations be if I have a tree nut allergy. I’m fine with peanut butter, but what about the almond flour? Thanks!

      1. Alex
        May 24, 2020 AT 10:50 am

        You can do oat flour (just pulse rolled oats together until a flour forms)

    5. Kali
      January 27, 2020 AT 10:07 pm

      Can’t wait to try these but wondering if I could sub the melted coconut oil for mct oil? It’s essentially the same thing…

      1. Alex
        January 28, 2020 AT 7:38 am

        I would think it would work… but haven’t tried it. My only hesitation is making sure it will help to solidify the bars like coconut oil does once chilled.

    6. Artemis Vartholomeou
      December 16, 2019 AT 10:45 am

      The recipe is amazing! I used coconut butter instead of oil and I added roasted almonds (grounded, from the almond milk I make), so I increased a bit the peanut butter. I used teff flour for the whole grained one. It came out amazing!!!! Everybody loved it!! Thank you!

      1. Alex
        December 16, 2019 AT 8:17 pm

        So glad you liked them!

    7. Lee Anne
      January 18, 2019 AT 4:50 pm

      Made these for Book Club and love that they were not too sweet. The oatmeal mixture seemed to hold together well until I cut them into bars and they just crumbled. Any thoughts on how to keep them from falling apart?

      1. Artemis Vartholo
        December 18, 2019 AT 6:42 am

        I kept the bars wrapped individually with parchment paper in the refrigerator. Easier for the family to take with them even if they kept them outside for a while!

      2. Alex
        January 21, 2019 AT 7:32 pm

        Hi Lee- sorry to hear they fell apart. I keep them in the fridge until just ready to serve. Were they out at room temperature for a while?

    8. Melissa
      January 7, 2019 AT 7:57 am

      Hey! Your recipe yield says “16” but in the instructions, it says cut into 9-12. Just wondering which number was used in the nutrition calculation? Thanks!! They look awesome!

      1. Alex
        January 7, 2019 AT 2:03 pm

        Just updated! 12 bars. Thanks 🙂

    9. Laura Reid
      August 8, 2018 AT 6:15 pm

      it says eating dry uncooked oats isn’t good your stomach because of how dry they are and you should either soak them and milk or water if you’re going to eat them uncooked so I followed everything double the batch to get rid of my rolled oats and I’m putting it in the oven for maybe 20-30 minutes with it being chilled I’m hoping I don’t lose too much chocolate within the mix will see

    10. Andrea
      June 18, 2018 AT 10:58 am

      Made with quick cooking oats because that’s what I had, so I needed an extra 1/4 cup of nut butter. We are gluten free so I used king authurs gluten free flour mix. Also was lazy and spread the entire mixture in 9×13 and immediately poured chocolate on top. Kids loved it! Thanks 🙂 Might try adding protein powder next time like Lori!

      1. Alex
        June 18, 2018 AT 11:06 am

        Thanks Andrea! Glad you liked it!