Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars {GF + DF}

These no-bake, gluten-free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars are a versatile recipe that serve as either a breakfast bar or a dessert treat! They are made with almond butter, vanilla, gluten-free oatmeal, and dairy-free chocolate chips! {GF, DF, Vegan-Friendly, and No-Bake}


  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (see notes below for additional details)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups gluten-free oatmeal (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips)


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, almond butter, sweetener, vanilla, and sea salt. I find it helps to whisk everything together or stir with a sturdy fork.
  2. Then stir in the two cups of gluten-free oatmeal, followed by the one cup of chocolate chips. Give the ingredients one last whisk and then pour the batter into the pan.
  3. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips, if desired, and chill in the refrigerator.
  4. Chilling times will vary, but I usually anticipate about an hour, give or take. Keep covered in the refrigerator.


Below are tips to mix and match sweeteners depending on how sweet you want your bars to be! I have listed the variations from least sweet to most sweet.

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup: Mild sweetness and great for breakfast
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup: Sweeter but still breakfast-friendly
  • Coconut sugar with 2 tablespoons maple syrup: Definitely a breakfast flavor but a little sweeter than without (coconut sugar tastes a little like brown sugar, so this version harkens to a traditional oatmeal flavor)
  • 2-4 tablespoons (1/8 – 1/4 cup) agave nectar: Super-sweet and definitely more dessert-style
  • Coconut sugar with 1/8 – 1/4 cup agave nectar: Sweet and dessert-y