Thick and chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars. NO butter, oil, or refined sugar! ONE BOWL. You’re going to love this easy, healthy recipe! @wellplated
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Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Yield: 16 bars
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
18 mins
Thick and chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars. Easy, one-bowl recipe made without butter, oil, or refined sugar. The PERFECT healthy treat!


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter — I recommend the natural, shelf-stable kind, not the refrigerated kind, as it does not hold together as well and can make the bars dry
  • 1/3 cup honey — or swap light agave nectar or maple syrup to make vegan
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder — I prefer aluminum free
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats gluten free if needed
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour  — or substitute all purpose flour; see recipe notes to make the bars gluten free
  • 1/4 cup milk — any kind you like
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips — dairy free if desired


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with parchment paper so that you have some overhanging the sides like "handles," then lightly coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. With an electric mixer in a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the peanut butter, honey, applesauce, and vanilla extract until smooth and evenly combined, about 3 minutes. Beat in the salt.
  3. Sprinkle the cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda over the top. Then, sprinkle on the flour and oats. Beat until combined and the batter comes together With the mixer running on low speed, drizzle in the milk and continue beating until incorporated. The batter will be very thick. With a wooden spoon or spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Once dough is well combined, scrape it into the prepared baking dish, then press the top to make it even. Bake for 16-19 minutes, until the bars are lightly golden and just set. Do not over bake! Allow to cool completely, remove from the pan using the parchment paper overhang, then slice.

Recipe Notes

  • Store leftover bars in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or wrap tightly and freeze for up to 2 months.
  • I haven't tried making the bars gluten free, but I think that you could replace the white whole wheat flour with oat flour or a gluten free 1:1 baking blend.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Dessert Recipe, Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 bar) — Calories: 190, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 102mg, Carbohydrates: 19g, Fiber: 3g

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