Delicious, soft-baked chocolate chip oatmeal bars are the perfect breakfast or snack! They’re made with rolled oats, sweetened with coconut sugar, and are a great make-ahead option for busy mornings.
Breakfast bars are always a hit in our house. My husband isn’t huge on having a sit down breakfast, and I usually grab something quick on weekdays, so these chocolate chip oatmeal bars are so convenient!
I have a few oatmeal bar recipes on my blog, including a reader favorite- Chocolate Chunk Banana Oatmeal Bars. Although I love my banana recipes, I’ve been trying to come up with new breakfast options without them to switch things up.
These bars so seriously so easy to make, and can be customized to your liking. You can even add in some dried fruit and nuts in place of the chocolate chips for another flavor variety.
This recipe is one of my favorite meal preps because all of the ingredients are ones I typically keep in my pantry. It’s simple to throw together, and is the perfect breakfast or snack.
What you’ll need to make Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
Rolled oats– the rolled oats give these bars their hearty texture, while providing whole grains and fiber. The recipe calls for quick-cooking oats, but if you don’t have any you can simply pulse your rolled oats in a blender for 10-20 seconds to chop them up!
Oat flour– oat flour is an affordable, nut-free flour that I love baking with. I prefer buying it pre-made since it’s a lot finer, but you can make your own by blending rolled oats until it’s fine like flour
Coconut sugar– I love the caramel-like sweetness that coconut sugar provides. It can also be swapped with light brown sugar. This recipe has less than half the amount of sugar than most other oatmeal bar recipes!
Applesauce– applesauce adds a moistness to these bars, and replaces some of the oil needed. I love using it in baking for its subtle taste. If needed, you can swap 2 mashed bananas for the applesauce
Coconut oil– when baking with coconut oil, I always opt for refined coconut oil for its neutral taste and flavor
Dark chocolate chips
Toss everything together in one bowl, spread it into a baking dish and bake until golden brown! These bars are super filling, and are basically a version of baked oatmeal.
These homemade bars are a healthier option than most other packaged breakfast bars, and can be easily frozen and defrosted as needed.
You can customize your oatmeal bars with different add-ins as desired. With just a few staple pantry items, you’ll have delicious breakfast bars ready to go for the week!
If you guys try this recipe, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Be sure to tag me on Instagram with any photos you take 🙂
What can I sub the applesauce with? I’m following the low fodmap diet and can’t eat apples. Thank you!
Hey Dianna, you can sub 1/2 cup mashed banana!
Mmm! Looks so good. Could you use steel cut oats? That’s all I have at the moment.
Unfortunately steel cut oats have a longer cooking time so i’m not sure they would turn out well with these bars!
Would they work with flax egg or chickpea water for a vegan version?
I’ve never baked with aquafaba, but I think flax eggs would work well!