A stack of healthy oatmeal bars with dark chocolate and fleur de sel sea salt recipe

Healthy Oatmeal Bars with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Recipe

Welcome to my current dessert obsession. I call them, Healthy Oatmeal Bars with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt. This recipe is a healthy re-creation of my all-time favorite childhood dessert. The old recipe was delicious yes, but full of sugar. So of course, I loved them. I made them ALL THE TIME as a teenager.

I’ve been playing around recently to bring back my old favorite, but with an added healthy twist. I left out the white sugar and added nutritious ingredients, like coconut oil, almonds, pecans, dates and dark chocolate. In this revised version … bonus, no baking is required!

This does not taste like a “healthy” treat. You will not feel deprived at all. I promise!

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No Baking Required

First, you should know these are no-bake freezer desserts. So you will be able to hide them in the freezer for you and you alone. Because, duh. Or if you want to share with others, you can ration as you please, because who will think to look in the freezer? Right. Nobody.

Oatmeal Bars are Faster than Cookies

Second, I made this version in a bar form because it is uber quick. You do not need to run out and buy a fancy pan though. You could literally spread the bars out with the palm of your hand or a spoon on waxed paper! Or you could also use your trusty 8 x 8 inch Glass Pyrex Pan. This recipe is very flexible!

The fancy Wilton Non-Stick Tart Pan is super quick too, and a tad prettier. These pans give all desserts an upgrade. I’ve used mine for quiche, fruit tarts, pecan pie bars, and brownies. What I really love the most tho, is the bottom pops out so your dessert is so easy to remove. You will love it! Sorry, I digress.

Fleur de sea sea salt
Fleur de Sel Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate. Oh yeah.

I do need to mention the obvious highlights of this recipe, dark chocolate, and sea salt. Yes, an AMAZING pair. I ordered Fleur de Sel French Sea Salt from William Sonoma. I’d read the rave reviews about it for a long time and finally pulled the trigger. Try it, you will not be sorry. It’s not cheap so I save it to finish special dishes and treats. I used Lily’s Dark Chocolate Baking Chips in this recipe version, but there are a million great dark chocolates out there that would work equally well. I really like this brand, because it is sweetened with stevia.

The Pros and Cons of Dates

Besides dark chocolate, this recipe uses dates for sweetness. Dates are a natural sweetener and contain vitamins and minerals that are good for you when consumed in moderation. The sugar found in dates is called fructose. It is a particularly damaging form of sugar. Fructose has been found to cause inflammation, deplete minerals, and cause other stresses in the body. In other words, if you eat too many, they can be bad for your health and your waistline. Just remember to eat and use dates in moderation.

Stay mindful of how much sugar you consume. For more info, check out my post on sugar, The Negative Effect of Sugar on The Body.

So, what do you say? Shall we begin? Here’s what you need to make this recipe.

Shopping List

Salted Almonds or Almonds & Salt (either work!)
Pecan Halves
Gluten-free Oatmeal
Medjool Dates
Coconut Oil
Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips
Sea Salt for Finishing

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a stack of mouth watering healthy oatmeal bars with dark chocolate and sea salt recipe

No-Bake Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bar Recipe

  • Author: cindy munson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 25 bars 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: No-bake
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Description

Delicious bars with an addictive salty-sweet flavor!


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Ingredients

Bars
1/4 cup Salted Almonds (if using plain almonds add 1/8 tsp. salt)
3/4 cup Pecan Halves
3/4 cup Gluten-Free Oatmeal
4 pitted Medjool Dates
1/3 cup melted Coconut Oil

Topping
1/2 cup Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
Sea Salt Flakes for Finishing


Instructions

Bars
Soak the dates in warm water for 5 minutes to soften, then slice in half and remove the pit. Place the pitted dates and the rest of the ingredients for the bars in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is similar to “cookie” dough texture. Wipe sides of processor down with spatula and pulse again. Press dough flat and even in pan or shape on a sheet of parchment paper. Put in freezer to harden.

Topping
Melt chocolate in a glass container in microwave or double boiler. Stir constantly. Do not overcook. When smooth, drizzle or pour chocolate solid over bars. Your choice! Wait a few minutes for chocolate to set, but not harden completely, then sprinkle sea salt on top. You don’t want the salt to sink into the chocolate, but you do want it to stick to the surface. Let cool. When chocolate is hard, remove bars from pan and slice into bars with a knife.


Notes

  • For a thinner layer of chocolate topping or chocolate drizzle Use half the topping recipe. Use 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips OR 2 oz. (2/3 of one Lily’s Dark Chocolate bar) and 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil.
  • For a thicker bar Double bar recipe. It works perfectly either way!
  • If using a Cuisinart food processor, use the metal S blade.

Keywords: Healthy, Clean, Dark chocolate, Sea salt, Oatmeal, Dates, Bars, No-bake, Coconut Oil

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I hope you enjoy these healthy oatmeal bars as much as I do. Let me know if you make them in the comments below.

Cindy

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16 Comments
  • Deb H
    Posted at 00:43h, 01 November Reply

    YUMMY! Super ez and they taste fabulous!!

    • cindy munson
      Posted at 17:00h, 01 November Reply

      Yay Deb! I’m sooo happy you liked it.

  • Stella
    Posted at 03:23h, 03 January Reply

    Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

    • cindy munson
      Posted at 04:34h, 03 January Reply

      Awesome! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. 🙂

  • Sue
    Posted at 03:42h, 03 January Reply

    These taste great and they are very quick to make!

    • cindy munson
      Posted at 04:27h, 03 January Reply

      I am so glad you enjoyed them Sue! These are my favs at the moment. 🙂

  • Kaitlyn
    Posted at 21:27h, 30 January Reply

    Delicious!

    • cindy munson
      Posted at 02:59h, 31 January Reply

      Thank you Kaitlyn!☺️

  • Cam
    Posted at 22:53h, 27 May Reply

    Delicious, fast and healthy. We’ll be making these again .

    • cindy munson
      Posted at 22:55h, 27 May Reply

      So happy that you liked them! 😁

  • D H
    Posted at 01:41h, 01 June Reply

    Just made these again and they were so easy and tasty! What a great healthy treat to have in the freezer for the kids as they run in and out- now that summer is here!!

    • cindy munson
      Posted at 04:39h, 01 June Reply

      Yahoo! Thanks! These are my favs too. So glad you liked. 🙂

  • Patricia
    Posted at 00:10h, 12 August Reply

    Better than M&Ms. chocolate world. Watch out. Here comes heath to sweet addiction. Bless you. When can I purchase in stores like TTes Cookies

    • cindy munson
      Posted at 03:56h, 12 August Reply

      Thanks, Patricia! I’ll let you know when they hit the stores, meanwhile, you can make your very own!😊😂

  • John E
    Posted at 02:16h, 15 September Reply

    This was a really tasty recipe! I honestly couldn’t tell it was healthy!

    • cindy munson
      Posted at 03:50h, 15 September Reply

      I am so glad you enjoyed it John. It’s my personal fave. ☺️

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