Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

Introducing my Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bars! Super easy to make, whole grain, low in sugar, and completely delicious. The perfect on-the-go healthy snack!


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 (or ½ C if you like things a bit sweeter)
  • 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.


Nutrition information per bar (when cut into 8 bars): 180 calories, 3.6g fat (1.6g saturated fat), 180mg sodium, 45g carbs, 6.3g fiber, 11.5g sugar, 6.1g fiber. Awesome! Thanks to reader Jill for calculating it for me!

Check out the original post with LOTS more photos: Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bars Recipe!

Enjoy :)


  1. 1
    Linda Steiner says

    Thanks! Sounds like a nice recipe. I’m thinking I could adapt it to have more protein by subbing some protein powder for some of the flour. I’m looking for something quick and healthy for my grandson on those mornings when no one has time to cook him anything, and I don’t like commercial bars. BTW, we live north of Apex quite close to Chapel Hill.

  2. 3

    MMMM these look really delicious!! I was wondering though do you know the nutritional profile on them? Just so i can try and work them in my diet without overdoing it :)

    • 4

      Unfortunately I don’t, but you can put the ingredients into recipe calculator and it will tell you! Let me know if you get the stats and I’ll add them to the recipe :)

  3. 5

    Anne, I just have to tell you that I’ve been making a ton of your recipes lately (including this one) and they’ve all turned out AMAZING! Having so much success with these and a few of your cookies and muffins has given me the confidence to experiment more in the kitchen (especially with baking)! I’m having the best time and just wanted to thank you for turning me on to such a fun hobby!

  4. 7

    I’m not sure if I did this correctly, but I entered the ingredients on the sparkrecipes site and this is what it gave me.

    Nutrition Facts
    User Entered Recipe

    8 Servings

    Amount Per Serving

    Calories 179.4

    Total Fat 3.6 g

    Saturated Fat 1.6 g

    Polyunsaturated Fat 1.2 g

    Monounsaturated Fat 1.6 g

    Cholesterol 24.1 mg

    Sodium 179.4 mg

    Potassium 204.6 mg

    Total Carbohydrate 44.8 g

    Dietary Fiber 6.3 g

    Sugars 11.5 g

    Protein 6.1 g

    Vitamin A 2.7 %

    Vitamin B-12 1.0 %

    Vitamin B-6 3.2 %

    Vitamin C 1.2 %

    Vitamin D 5.9 %

    Vitamin E 1.7 %

    Calcium 10.3 %

    Copper 14.3 %

    Folate 6.4 %

    Iron 15.2 %

    Magnesium 19.0 %

    Manganese 112.2 %

    Niacin 2.1 %

    Pantothenic Acid 5.3 %

    Phosphorus 22.4 %

    Riboflavin 5.0 %

    Selenium 0.4 %

    Thiamin 20.1 %

    Zinc 11.6 %

  5. 9


    These are some of the most AMAZING granola bars ever!! My friends won’t stop asking for the recipe!! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. 11

    2 for 2 on your recipes! Wow these are terrific. Nice and moist, stay together beautifully. We just finished eating a batch with dried cranberries and dark chocolate nibs- cant wait to try another combo.

  7. 13

    I just made these in an 8×8 pan with mini chocolate chips and cherry flavored dried cranberries. They smelled wonderful while baking and taste even better. Thanks for a great recipe!

  8. 15

    Hey anne I loved your recipe.But I would like to make one without eggs.As for whom I’m suppose to bake are pure vegetarians.Can you help me out please..

    • 16

      You can use a “flax egg” instead – to make one flax egg just mix 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed with 3 Tbsp. water, stir and let it sit for a few minutes so it gels like an egg.

  9. 17

    This is great! My sons would love it if I made these seeing as I only give in occasionally to buying chewy granola bars at the store. They devour them for breakfasts and snacks.

  10. 18
    Lynda Nelson says

    Hi Anne

    Can the wheat flour be substituted with something like spelt and what about something else rather than cinnamon?

    • 19

      Spelt flour should be fine, and you can just leave out the cinnamon!

      • 20
        Lynda Nelson says

        Hi Anne

        Have made these with spelt flour. Really nice, though next time will use less liquid and cook them on a lower heat so that they are dryer. Something to do with being at sea level here in New Zealand I think.

    • 21

      I ground up 1/2 cup oatmeal to use as a replacement for the flour and they came out nice and moist. I also used almond milk and added currants. Instead of mixing the chocolate chips into the mix, I melted 70% chocolate and spread it on top. Yumm!

  11. 22

    I saw a version of these at Linda’s blog, Simply Made Crafts. We are baking them now. I am using almond milk, white wheat flour and adding dried fruit. The recipe can be doubled and baked in a parchment-lined and sprayed 9×13 inch pan. Thank you for sharing! – Shanna

  12. 23

    Has anyone tried subbing out the wheat pastry flour for normal whole wheat flour? I don’t want to use AP flour (& don’t have WW pastry flour), but I wasn’t sure if all whole wheat would change the consistency too much. What about oat flour– does it bake similarly to AP or is it pretty dense too?

    These look awesome and would be a great snack between classes!

    • 24

      Regular whole wheat flour would definitely make the bars more dense. I’d try to find whole wheat pastry flour (or white whole wheat flour, which is also a little softer)! Not sure about oat flour. :)

  13. 25

    Hi Anne,
    I’m a big fan of your site! I love all the healthy recipes and I also appreciate all the posts on running. I’ve only done a few 5K’s, but you inspire me! I really want to try these bars but I do have one question: would it alter them greatly if I left out the sugar? What would you suggest? Thank you!

  14. 26

    Can I use natural honey instead of the sugar?

  15. 28

    Do you know if I could substitute almond milk (or some other non-dairy substitute) for the milk? (For some things it makes a difference (like pancakes), but for other things it doesn’t, so I wasn’t sure.) Thanks!

  16. 30

    With the egg and milk, how long will these last without refrigeration?

  17. 32

    Can old fashioned oats be used instead of rolled oats?

  18. 34
    brinacyl says

    thank you for these ! i’ve spent so much time searching for a recipe which doesn’t use rice krispies . can’t wait to try these !!

  19. 36

    Healthy and easy recipe. I have tried it with dry apricots, but I prefer it with dark chocolate.

  20. 37

    Can I substitute rice flour for the whole wheat pastry flour

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