Healthy Oatmeal Bars (with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt)

These easy, healthy oatmeal bars with dark chocolate and sea salt are HIGHLY addictive yet super nutritious! No refined sugar & gluten-free.

A row of Healthy Oatmeal Bars with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt. They are rolled instead of put in a pan.

Welcome to my current dessert obsession: healthy oatmeal bars with the perfect pairing of rich 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.

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

Why I Love This Recipe

I’ve revived my all-time favorite treat and given it a yummy update with a healthy twist – the results are perfect.

These oatmeal bars now have a natural sweetness and chocolatey goodness, all while being packed with wholesome ingredients.

Gone are the days of white sugar; instead, I’ve introduced nutritious ingredients like coconut oil, almonds, pecans, dates, and dark chocolate. For an extra boost, feel free to incorporate some protein powder.

three healthy oatmeal bars with dark chocolate and sea salt - recipe

Here’s the best part: there’s no need for baking in this revamped version, making them perfect for a freezer stash!

The freezer is your secret ally whether you prefer to savor them in solitude or share them with others. Who would suspect such a delectable treat hidden away in there? Precisely, no one.

And the best news? This doesn’t taste like your typical “healthy” snack. You won’t feel the slightest sense of deprivation – I guarantee it!

Another nutritious way to enjoy an oatmeal treat is with these vegan choc chip oatmeal cookies.

Ingredients

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Salted Almonds or Almonds & Salt either work great!
Pecans 
Oatmeal certified gluten-free or regular
Medjool Dates I buy at Costco
Coconut Oil I buy at Trader Joe’s
Dark Chocolate Chips I use Enjoy Life
Sea Salt for finishing 

I need to mention this recipe’s obvious highlights: dark chocolate and sea salt. Yes, it’s an AMAZING pair.

Here’s another amazing flavor combination to try: chocolate protein peanut butter cups.

I ordered the good stuff, 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.

Another highly rated sea salt is Le Saunier De Camargue Fleur De Sel, (affiliate link), available from Amazon. But don’t despair; you can also use the salt you have on hand to achieve that delicious salty-sweet flavor.

I also use Enjoy Life Baking Chips (affiliate link) in this recipe.

Variations

Preparing these in bar form makes the process incredibly quick, but there’s no need to rush out and purchase an extravagant pan.

The beauty lies in their versatility – these treats can take shape in any pan or even go pan-free. I’ve gone so far as to create them into bite-sized balls.

You could literally spread the bars out with the palm of your hand or a spoon on waxed paper.

Alternatively, if you prefer the tried-and-true approach, your dependable 8 x 8 inch Glass Pyrex Pan, which you likely already have in your possession, is a perfect fit.

If you love dates, don’t miss this delicious date snicker recipe!

The fancy Wilton Non-Stick Tart Pan is super quick and a tad prettier. (Affiliate link)

These pans give all desserts an upgrade. I’ve used mine for quiche, fruit tarts, pecan pie bars, and brownies.

What I love the most is that the bottom pops out, so your dessert is easy to remove. You will love it!

Are Dates Good for You?

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, eating too many 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? Without further ado, here is the recipe.

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A stack of no-bake Healthy Oatmeal Bars with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt.

No-Bake Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bar Recipe


  • Author: cindy munson
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 25 bars 1x

Description

Delicious bars with an addictive salty-sweet flavor!


Ingredients

Scale

Bars

1/4 cup salted almonds (if using plain almonds add 1/8 teaspoon salt)

3/4 cup pecans

3/4 cup oatmeal, gluten-free

4 pitted medjool dates

1/3 cup melted coconut oil

Topping

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)

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 Enjoy Life 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.

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: No-bake
  • Cuisine: Healthy

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

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xo,
Cindy

17 comments on “Healthy Oatmeal Bars (with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt)

  1. 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!!

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