Vegan Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

by Jill Dalton

I am always hankering for a new chocolate recipe and this one hits all the marks for me. These gluten free vegan chocolate oatmeal bars are decadent and hearty at the same time. Chewy and just lightly sweet, they are a perfect afternoon snack or after dinner dessert. My favorite way to eat them is when they are still warm with a generous scoop of vanilla nice cream.

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Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

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Serves: 9 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 3.0/5
( 133 voted )

Ingredients

Batter
2 cups organic rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon flax meal
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup unsweetened soy milk (or plant based milk of your choice)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Filling
1/2 cup cashews
1 cups dates
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk (or plant based milk of your choice)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. Using your blender, grind 1 cup of the oats into flour.
  3. Pour into a mixing bowl along with the remaining oats, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, flax meal and walnuts and mix.
  4. Blend the dates, soy milk and vanilla together in the blender until dates are pulverized, pour into bowl with the dry mixture and stir well. 
  5. Spread about 2/3 of the mixture into a 9 x 9 brownie pan.
  6. Blend the filling ingredients in the blender until smooth.
  7. Spread chocolate mixture on top of the batter in the brownie pan.
  8. Scoop globs of the remaining oat batter onto the top of the chocolate layer spacing them a little apart.
  9. Using a butter knife or the back of a spoon lightly spread the globs around to mostly cover the chocolate layer.
  10. Bake for 35 minutes.
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19 comments

Karen Moore April 3, 2021 - 11:33 am

These look fabulous!! What if I have date sugar? How much should I use? Thank you! I enjoy your videos, and I love your cookbook.

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Kay April 3, 2021 - 11:51 am

I was craving something sweet and this popped up on your site! Making this right now! I had to use a loaf pan. Hoping it turns out ok! Thank you for these amazing recipes.

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Matthew April 3, 2021 - 12:06 pm

Thanks for your nice videos.I have seen Michael Greger recommends not baking/roasting nuts. Is that something you are aware of and concerned about or not? I have seen lots of healthy vegan recipes that involve baking nuts, so it is something that can be restrictive when coming up with healthy whole food recipes. Sorry if it seems pedantic or too fussy. I’m just wondering about it, I’m not an expert so I don’t know how much of an issue it is. What are your thoughts?

Here is a short clip of him talking about roasting nuts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWr8BDZ3sKw

And here is where he mentions it on his website:

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/best-foods-for-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-pcos/

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Jill Dalton April 7, 2021 - 10:28 am

I have heard Dr Greger talk about this. Personally, I don’t think it is a super big deal because we don’t eat them very often. You, of course don’t have to roast them for the recipe. It is merely a taste preference.

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weightwatchergirl April 3, 2021 - 5:35 pm

These are in the oven now! Cant wait to try them! I found that I used an 8×8 and I struggled with having just enough oatmeal mixture. Hoping they don’t fall apart. The chocolate filling was delicious and I kinda licked the spatula when done!!

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melody sieglitz April 3, 2021 - 5:59 pm

Hey Jill can i make the oat bars with no nuts or seeds? Im allergic to both

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Jill Dalton April 7, 2021 - 10:26 am

You can leave the walnuts out and for the cashews in the chocolate layer, I have seen people use canned white beans instead. I think it would work.

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Cheryl August 11, 2021 - 6:15 pm

Love this recipe! I have made them 3 times.They are so easy when I’m pressed for time. I make them mostly for my husband’s lunch but he is a sweet fanatic so I think I might add a little maple to the chocolate filling for his tastes. Thank you so much for all your yummy recipes!

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Diane April 3, 2021 - 8:52 pm

This looks wonderful! But I want to make one pan of the bars for someone who can’t have nuts. It looks like I could just leave the walnuts out, but the cashews look like they are needed to make the filling creamy. Do you think it would work if I replaced the cashews with white beans or mashed potatoes or more oat flour or something else? Which would you recommend I try first?

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Jill Dalton April 7, 2021 - 10:25 am

You can absolutely just leave the walnuts out. For the creamy layer, I would try the white beans first. I think they would work.

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Magy April 4, 2021 - 10:25 am

Oh, Jill, these are one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted! The crispiness of the outside, vanilla layers mixed with the gooeyness of the chocolate layer is simply incredible. I halved the recipe and made it in a loaf pan because I usually don’t like oatmeal desserts, but this was definitely an exception! I will make these time and time again, thank you!

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Magda April 14, 2021 - 2:00 pm

The recipe is perfect. It came out amazing. Having second serving now:) Thank you for great ideas.

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Kay April 23, 2021 - 10:05 pm

Hi Jill, what about a fruit layer, do you have one?

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Jill Dalton April 24, 2021 - 2:06 pm

Sorry I don’t

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Sydney Drake May 3, 2021 - 9:48 pm

I love this recipe. The second time i made it I thought I could eyeball the liquid in the chocolate layer, but slipped and added too much. It turned out soooooo amazing. I came back to the recipe to make sure I have enough ingredients to make them again!

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Nikhil Jaju June 21, 2021 - 5:23 am

I think this is awesome!

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Angie Allen August 19, 2021 - 9:00 pm

I made this today with one slight adjustment. I used dates in the oatmeal batter but decided to use date sugar in the filling. I used a 1/2 cup date sugar and added 1/4 cup additional plant milk. Turned out great and will be making these again.Just discovered your channel this week and already have several new recipes to try. Your presentation is very good and I will be watching more in the future. Thanks for sharing!

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Alice October 1, 2021 - 11:54 am

Hi Jill, your recipes are amazing!! I’m having a hard time finding a 9×9 glass baking dish, which I would lIke to have. I’ve searched all over the Internet. I already have a 8×8 inch glass baking dish but would like to have a 9×9 inch glass baking dish for this recipe and others. I don’t want any silicon baking dishes, just glass. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much for all you do!!

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Jill Dalton October 11, 2021 - 10:21 am

You can use the 8×8 pan. It might just need a couple more minutes on the baking time

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