Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

Now I don’t usually do this, but with the current times, I said f*ck it. Today on the blog I’m sharing (GASP)…a recipe that isn’t paleo. I know, I’m a fraud. But since Denver has a shelter in place and I’m trying to not go to the grocery store much, I decided to whip up these oat bars I made a while back while living in our old house. Since we are asked to leave our house as little as possible right now, I decided to make these bars the other day with everything I had in my pantry! I love that this recipe creates the most delicious bars with hardly any ingredients! It’s the best. Now I have a very happy husband every morning and I’ll bet you’ll have very happy kids, if your kids are home from school right now.

PaleOMG Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

PaleOMG Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

I feel like I keep talking about kids and parents on the blog lately, but I’m FEELING for them right now. It must be so incredibly stressful to have the kids home full-time, while trying to teach them their school curriculum, and also work full-time to continue to pay the bills. Being a parent was a full-time job to begin with, but now it’s REALLY a full-time job. You parents out there are saints. So I’m hoping that some of my recipes are helping you guys out these days. I recently made my No-Bake Protein Brownies then shared 50 Kid-Friendly Paleo Recipes to hopefully help parents in a small way during this stressful time. I don’t know what it’s like to have kids, but I see my friends with kids and it’s hard freaking work, especially right now. So to all you parents out there – keep it up. You deserve an oat bar for your 24/7 hard work.

PaleOMG Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

It’s so weird to think that this lockdown could go until June. It sounds like it will definitely go through April, which I can wrap my head around, but June? Sh*t man. I’m thinking our trip to Spain in July might be a bust. But hey, I have my health right now so I can’t complain. And honestly, this shelter in place hasn’t changed much about my life. I didn’t leave my house much to begin with, so now I have an extra excuse to not leave the house. Before I had to lie and tell my friends I couldn’t make it to the bar they were all at. Now I just don’t have to lie. This pandemic has made me less of a liar and I am thankful for that. I’m also thankful for these oat bars. Speaking of, it’s time for breakfast.

PaleOMG Chocolate Chip Oat Bars


Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 bars 1x


  • 3 brown bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup nut butter (almond, cashew, sunflower seed, or other preference)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Then whisk/mix nut butter, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Then fold in oats, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Lastly, fold in chocolate chunks.
  3. Pour mixture into the grease baking dish, spread out evenly, then place in the oven to bake for 40 minutes, until cooked through in the middle. Then cut into bars and serve up! They are DELIGHTFUL when served warm!

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PaleOMG Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


83 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Oat Bars”

  1. Oh shit, I just pigged out on my last bit of almond butter! Now I’ll have to buy some more…and bananas….and chocolate chunks. Damnit, I’m making these!

      1. Fantastic, loved this easy recipe! Came through in your email of recipes to make your life easier and it was just what we needed!

      2. Great recipe. Love that it is GF and mostly dairy free (I can’t do milk), it really tastes good. And even better when warm.

  2. In the oven right now! 😍 I normally avoid grains, but as you’ve stated, these are weird times. This recipe was just perfect for my big bag of Bob’s Red Mill GF oats. Thanks!

    1. I made these today. So easy and turned out amazing! A definite keeper. Thanks for a great recipe!

  3. Yum! Looks awesome. I want to make these, but all I have is quick cooking oats. Think that would work? Maybe just reduce the cooking time.

      1. Added butterscotch chips bc that’s all I had, and they were amazing! Even my picky 15 yo loved them. Thanks!

  4. Your posts are what’s getting me through this quarantine right now (as I’m hiding from my children) but these are delicious I had bananas I had no idea what to do with thanks you amazing lady!

      1. Juli, this recipe is awesome!! I love making it as is but I have a batch in the oven now with cranberries and blueberries replacing the chocolate chunks. I can’t wait to see what that brings! I have been letting the batter sit for a while before baking to soften up the oats. I don’t know if I have a bad batch of oats or what but letting it set and soak up a little of the mixture helps make it less chewy! Again, another great recipe!!

  5. I made these with my son today. Tonight my husband said “thank you for making something healthy but not paleo!”

  6. Juli, thanks so much for this recipe! This made the perfect quarantine recipe for me being I had everything on hand already. The best. I made them this morning and you weren’t kidding, they are SO GOOD!

  7. Priscilla Freed

    OMG you’re a mind reader! I stayed up stupid late last night looking for a chocolate chip oat bar recipe. All of them had tons of butter and sugar, so I was gonna have to experiment myself. Thanks for saving me the time! I’m going to the grocery store right now (mask, gloves, and all…I don’t care – I NEED these bars, lol!)

  8. I totally just had my kids make these for me as a part of their “culinary arts” pandemic homeschooling program 😂 We all loved them!

  9. I made these Friday night and I ended up using regular milk chocolate chips. Apparently everyone was wanting chocolate chunks so they were sold out just like toilet paper. They turned out great! So moist and yummy! I also put them in a glass 7×9.5×3(WxLxH) pan and they cooked perfectly. I enjoy all your social media and blogs etc. I am so glad Jackson is doing well. I know that was so scary. You Rock Girl! You, your husband and Jackson stay safe and healthy! 😘

  10. I don’t have any bananas. What could I substitute? Or do I have to go buy some and wait days for them to go brown? LOL

  11. This is fantastic! I probably should have let my bananas ripen more but I got too impatient, and it was still freaking amazing.

  12. I’m sorry! All new to this with son needing to do Paleo. Love your site! But not sure what makes these Oatmeal bars not Paleo. Can you shed some light for me? Thanks! PS made one of your chicken recipes and I loved it!!

  13. Michele L Palmer

    Has anyone tried thawing frozen bananas? I know the water content is going to be super high on thawed bananas, but I must eat these ASAP!

  14. This recipe is amazing! We only had 1/3 cup chocolate chips, but it was still amazing. We at the whole pan in two days, ha! We will definitely make this again! Thanks for sharing!


    This recipe is very good! Would definitely make again. I shared the recipe with a couple friends, too. Noms.

  16. These were ok. The texture was awesome, but I would have preferred them to be sweeter, so maybe my bananas weren’t brown enough or I’d add more maple syrup. Also, I never thought I’d say this, but there were too many chocolate chips for my taste. I might sub half with peanut butter or cinnamon chips (also not Paleo). I do think this is a good recipe for gluten-free bars, though.

  17. I used rolled oats and my bars came out yummy but dry. How can I give it a little more moisture next time?

    1. it could be due to the moisture in the bananas or the nut butter being a bit dry. try a more runny nut butter next time! but you could also always add just a bit of almond milk!

  18. My 9 YO daughter and I made these last night together and had them for breakfast this morning. Fantastic recipe and fun, kid friendly-activity to do together as a family! Thank Juli!

  19. Love this recipe… these are soooo good! I have enough brown bananas for two batches. Have you ever frozen these? Think they would turn out okay?

    I’ve been on a PaleOMG recipe kick lately and haven’t had a bad one, thanks so much for all of these!

  20. Yum! Just made these and kinda burned my mouth because they are still hot, lol! So yummy with whipped cream too 🙂
    Hopefully the boyfriend will like them. All the crumbles will be good with ice cream.

    Another excellent yummy use for old bananas!
    Thanks Juli

  21. These are BOMB. Even the pickiest eaters in my family overwhelmingly and unanimously approve! 💯Thank you, Juli!

    Would you store these in refrigerator, if (which is a BIG IF) they don’t get eaten in first day?

  22. Had to leave a review because I made these for the third time and they never get old!! I make them for breakfasts for the week now that I am back in the office. They make the perfect portable breakfast and taste amazing with a cup of coffee. It’s like banana bread and oatmeal cookies had the most wonderful baby. Thank you Juli!!

  23. melanie.giambattista

    So good! I made a double batch to freeze. I substituted the 2nd cup of natural peanut butter for a cup of plain Greek yogurt and it worked great!!

  24. This are great! I substituted with 2 flax eggs as my monsters are all the eggs earlier today and they came out marvelously. I used cashew butter and added two scoops of collagen to make these even more filling as my kids can’t stop eating snacks.

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