Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bars Recipe

A few weeks ago, I got an email request from a reader for a recipe for some nut butter-free portable granola bars. Introducing: Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bars! Super easy to make, whole grain, low in sugar, and completely delicious.


The email actually came at the perfect time, because I had already worked out a recipe for some (inspired by/adapted from Kath’s Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars) and was just waiting for a minute to make them! Yesterday was finally the day to give them a try.


They came out just as delicious as I hoped and will be perfect for a healthy on-the-go snack or even a quick breakfast (with a smoothie on the side)! I did include walnuts in my version, but feel free to leave them out.


You’ve got your whole grains and fiber (oats, whole wheat pastry flour), healthy fat (walnuts, egg), antioxidants (dark chocolate), and protein (milk, egg). Perfect! Not much sugar, either — the flavor is amped up by cinnamon and vanilla extract instead.


Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

(Makes 8 bars)



  • 2 C rolled oats
  • ½ C whole wheat pastry flour (or regular flour)
  • ¼ C chopped walnuts (optional)
  • ¼ C dark chocolate chips (or dried fruit)
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt


  • 1 & ½ C skim (or low fat) milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Preheat oven to 375.

In two separate bowls, mix dry ingredients, then wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry, mixing until combined. Pour batter into a cooking-sprayed baking dish (mine is 11×7). Sprinkle raw oats on top if you like (will make it look prettier!).

Bake 30 minutes. Cut into 8 bars and cool on cooling rack.

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Try not to burn your tongue ;)


Soft, chewy, and delicious!

I’m definitely bringing a couple of these with me on my trip today! As for the rest of the granola bars, I will probably wrap them individually in tin foil, put them in a ziplock bag, and freeze them. That way I’ll have a healthy and portable snack on hand whenever I need it. :)


If you like the look of these, be sure to check out my other two portable healthy snack bar recipes:


And if you’re just checking back in from the weekend, I have two new long overdue blog pages! Please give them a look :)

  1. My new FAQ (frequently asked questions) page! I share answers to the questions I get asked the most — what camera/lenses I use, how to become an RD, my favorite restaurants and places to run/bike/hike in DC and Chapel Hill, and more.
  2. My new travel page! Includes both blog-related travel (conferences & trips) and “just for fun” travel. Enjoy!

Speaking of blog-related travel — I’m heading off to the airport! Scottsdale, Arizona here I come! I’ve never been to Arizona before. Exciting!

Catch you guys later from out west! Until then — you can find me on Twitter ;)


  1. 1

    Have a fab trip! Can’t wait to read your recaps!

  2. 2

    I can’t wait to make these!

  3. 3

    These look amazing! You always do great things with granola bars. I am trying to eat more oats and you definitely helping me :)

  4. 4

    Yumm! Looks delicious Anne

  5. 5

    These seem like they have THE best texture.

  6. 6

    These look great! I don’t know why I’ve never made bars before. So easy and great snacks. Have a good trip!

  7. 7

    Yes ma’am. Love dark chocolate, can’t wait to make them.

  8. 8

    These look and sound fantastic but the last time I tired to make granola bars, they were a complete flop. At least they made some tasty granola! ;)

  9. 9

    Mmmmm…looks yummy!

    I wanted to blog about yesterday’s Memorial Day blog too:
    Your triatholon training looks fun, and your running splits look great!
    As for laps in a bikini -I do it all the time ;-)

    Glad you had a great weekend…. and thank you for reminding everyone what the Holiday’s really about!

    • 10

      I am astounded at the people that don’t know what Memorial Day is. If you have a husband that nearly died in Vietnam and a Dad that was a Pearl Harbor survivor, you know what it’s all about.

  10. 11

    These look so delicious!! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. 12

    These look fantastic – I’ve yet to try making bars at home – as soon as I run out of my snack balls, these will be my next attempt!

  12. 13

    Those look amazing!! I cannot wait to make them!

  13. 14

    AHHH yum!! I can’t wait to try these once we turn the air conditioning on ;)

  14. 15

    Don’t get arrested in Arizona, bring a US passport just in case ;)

  15. 17

    i absolutely love homemade granola bars…made a batch last week (recipe to be posted next Sat) with coconut oil and they came out with the most amazing texture ever! Definitely can’t wait to try your recipe–I’ve never used milk!

  16. 18

    These look awesome Anne! I will have to whip up a batch of them sometime in the future! :)

  17. 19

    Those look fantastic! I’m going to bookmark this recipe to try for sure. I’m always in need of granola bar recipes and I love the ingredients list of yours :D

  18. 20

    you have people at my work drooling over these pictures! haha

  19. 22

    Wow, those look so good. I kept thinking the choc chips were blueberries and now I want to make some with blueberries. Have fun in Arizona…I can only imagine how hot it is there right now!

    • 23

      Mmm they would be so good with blueberries!

      It’s like 95 degrees here… but dry heat feels better than the 95 and humid weather I left behind in NC!

  20. 24

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them :)

  21. 25

    OOOO this look tasty. Adding them to my recipe bookmark now!
    I know these were made to be peanut-less but do you think I could add peanut butter into the recipe?

    • 26

      Hmm… you could give it a try by leaving out the walnuts and adding in 1/4 C nut butter instead… just might need to up the milk a little bit in case they are liquid-y enough!

  22. 27

    I’ve never made oat bars before, these look very tasty. They look like they hold up very well :)

  23. 28

    These look good! Love the chocolate addition ;)

  24. 29

    I took a deep sigh while I had delicious thoughts running through my had when I looked at these pictures!!

  25. 30

    Thanks so much for the recipe! snack bars are VITAL for substantial, portable, healthy snacks but they can be so expensive! much more economical to make your own :)

  26. 31

    So delicious! I can’t wait to make these. :D

  27. 32

    These look great! I was just thinking that I might make some sort of granola bars today :)

  28. 33

    Thanks so much for posting this Anne! I made these with a few slight tweaks (I love my raisins!) and they were amazing. Thanks so much :)

  29. 34
    Anonymous says

    I calculated and these are around 210 cals each…not too bad. And I think it was about 8grams of sugar. I used sparkpeople.

  30. 36

    yummy!!! anything with dark chocolate and im good to go! i gotta make these!

  31. 37

    I’ve been looking to make more “bars” I can take on the go. I love oatmeal and chocolate together, these are way healthier than the full cup of sugar recipe I’ve been using.

  32. 38
    Adventurer says

    These look terrific. Thanks for sharing the recipe — and we look forward to hearing all about Scottsdale!

  33. 39

    Great recipe- thank you! I made these (w/o walnuts). Both myself and our almost 2 year old LOVED them! Nothing better than finding a delicious, healthy snack that the little one also loves!

  34. 41

    Yours look much prettier than mine just turned out. It may be because I lined the pan with parchment paper…

  35. 42
    Anonymous says

    Fresh out of the oven….pretty good, but I thought they’d be better.Thanks for the recipe!

    • 43

      If you’re used to super sweet baked goods, that might be why you didn’t love these – they are VERY low in sugar comparatively. Try using 1/2 C sugar next time!

  36. 44

    Yum! You definitely have a new follower. Thank you for sharing. My daughter (3 years old) and I had a blast making these! Heard about them from :)

  37. 46

    Do you have any tips about how to alter the recipe to make it more crunchy? Just made these today and they are scrumptious! But I think next time I want a bit more crunch…I was thinking of using 1 c granola & 1 c oats next time but I’m pretty new to baking and experimenting with ingredients, so any help is appreciated!

    • 47

      Hmmm I bet granola would help add some crunch! Try it and let me know how it works :) I’m not really sure how they make super crunchy granola bars, either, unfortunately!

  38. 48
    Joy caamano says

    I wonder if you toasted the oats first. That may help make the bars a bit more crunchy.

  39. 50

    Mine came out rubbery =/

  40. 52

    Just discovered your blog and made these. They are A-mazing !! I made half with walnuts and the other half without. They are my favorite granola bars ever. True keeper.

  41. 54

    Just made these! The smells so yummy and it was so easy! Thanks for sharing!


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