These are the Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars which contain a secret healthy ingredient. They are moist, soft, and satisfying. The recipe contains only simple ingredients, is furthermore vegan, gluten-free, and easy to make. It might become your new favorite dessert or even breakfast!
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
Are you tired of eating oatmeal for breakfast and want to try something which is more exciting? What about a healthy-ish dessert which is not only vegan, but also gluten-free, protein-rich, and super easy to make?! You came to the right place because these oatmeal chocolate chip bars are just that! I love them because they are mixed together really quickly and are a great breakfast alternative.
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
The recipe is 100% plant-based, and also gluten-free. If you are a celiac, you will need to use certified gluten-free oats. I use regular oats because I don’t have a gluten allergy. Oats are naturally gluten-free, however, they are often processed in facilities that also process flours which contain gluten.
If you don’t want to use oats, you could try buckwheat flour which would even make the recipe grain-free. I haven’t tried it out but if you are going to experiment, please don’t forget to report back and let me know how the grain-free version turned out.
What’s The Secret Ingredient?!
Ok, now it’s time to reveal the secret ingredient. Well, it’s not really very secret because I used it before in two other recipes already. It’s…..
Yes, cooked chickpeas (either canned or cooked from dry). Why chickpeas? Because they add a nice texture, they act as an egg replacer, and they also add healthy plant-based protein. I used chickpeas in my Flourless Brownies and in my Vegan Blondies recipe.
To be honest, I was going to use white beans for these oatmeal chocolate chip bars, however, then I noticed that there were none in my pantry lol. I was too lazy to go shopping, that’s why I used chickpeas again! Feel free to experiment with white beans (e.g. Cannellini beans).
Healthy Oatmeal Bars?
After I made the first batch of these chickpea breakfast bars I offered my boyfriend one. He is my “taste tester” (even though he prefers my savory dishes, haha).
Well, I removed some of the dairy-free chocolate chips on top and said: “Here you have healthy oatmeal bars! He looked at me and asked why I removed most of the chocolate chips. I replied: “I know you prefer clean and healthy desserts without refined sugar”. He said: “Yes, I do, however, I still love chocolate” (I felt bad for a moment because I removed the chocolate chips lol).
He also asked me if it would be possible to “replace” the chocolate chips if I make these bars again. My answer was: “There are three healthier options“:
- Leave out the chocolate chips entirely.
- Make your own “healthy” chocolate without refined sugar.
- Use chopped dates or figs instead of chocolate for a healthier alternative.
What do you guys think about these 3 options? Please let me know your opinion in the comments below! 🙂
Can I Freeze These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars?
Yes, you can! Put them in an airtight container or freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and then warm them up in the oven for a couple of minutes as soon as you want to eat them!
These Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars Are:
- Vegan (dairy-free, egg-free)
- Healthier than most oatmeal chocolate bars
- Easy to make with simple ingredients
- Great for breakfast or dessert
Useful Tips For These Oatmeal Breakfast Bars:
- Double the batch and keep some breakfast bars in the freezer.
- For a grain-free version, you could experiment with buckwheat flour.
- Keep leftover bars covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Replace the chocolate chips with chopped dates or figs for a healthier alternative.
Should you recreate these oatmeal breakfast bars, please leave a comment below and don’t forget to tag me in your Instagram or Facebook post with @elavegan and #elavegan because I would love to see how they turned out! Definitely also check out my Oat Breakfast Bars and some of my other vegan chocolate chip recipes:
- Sweet Potato Muffins
- Blondies With Chocolate Chips
- Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Flourless Brownies
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
- Prepare and measure all the ingredients. Once you are done preheat oven to 360 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) and line a baking pan with parchment paper. My baking pan measures 9"x6" (23 x 15 cm).
- Put all wet ingredients into a food processor and mix until smooth.
- Add all dry ingredients (except chocolate chips) and mix again, just for a few seconds (don't overmix).
- Now add the dairy-free chocolate chips and stir with a spoon.
- Spoon the batter into the lined baking pan. Top with more chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.
- Bake in the oven for about 28-35 minutes (it can take some minutes more or less, depending on your oven and the size of your baking dish). I have a gas oven and baked them for exactly 35 minutes. You can insert a toothpick into the middle after 28 minutes. When it comes out dry, it's done!
- Let cool and cut into bars. Enjoy for breakfast or as a dessert!
- Any nut butter like peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter works fine.
- For a nut-free version use coconut butter or tahini (if you don't mind the slightly bitter taste of tahini). I wouldn't recommend sunflower seed butter as it will turn the bars green unless you leave out the baking powder and baking soda (yes I tried it before, haha).
- I used Erythritol but you can use any other sweetener, for example, birch sugar (Xylitol), date sugar, coconut sugar, cane sugar, etc.
- Recipe serves 8. Nutrition facts are for 100 g (1 bar out of 8).
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