Raw Salted Chocolate Chip Oat Healthy Bars for #SundaySupper

I dare you to tell me this is “just another healthy oat bar” recipe. I triple dog dare you, and if you lose, I will bite the head off a hapless gingerbread man (is it almost that time of the year already? Sigh).

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Apart from the mumbled ooh’s and aah’s these bars received when I brought them to my friends’ houses, this healthy snack alternative just knocked my socks off. I was messing around with the food processor last week because it’s been a solid 98 degrees all week here. Living in perpetual beautiful summertime may not sound like a problem, but it is indeed a problem.

A big, fat Californian first-world problem. Try hashtagging that. 

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I expected “good,” I expected “delicious”–but I did not expect these.

I anticipated “love ‘em!”, I anticipated “yum!”–but I did not anticipate this.

I did not know there would be violent voices in my head screaming at me after I tasted these, “EAT THEM ALL BEFORE THE REDCOATS COME OR WE WILL KEEL YOU.”

And really, who am I to disobey?

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The most gorgeous thing about these bars (if one could pick) is that they taste like honest-to-goodness no other oat cookie/granola bar I’ve ever made before. The oat base is slightly salty and leaves this unexpected coconutty taste (from the coconut oil) in your mouth that makes you suspect they’ve started flavoring crack with essence of coconut these days. The bars are studded with chunks of dark chocolate (always a good move) and a great salty balance of pretzel chunks, which add awesome texture to the bars. And they’re vegan, GF, raw, and completely date-sweetened, which means

the fact that I gobbled up an entire pan in one sitting

is also like a merit or something.


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I’m thinking granola bowl, served with vanilla soy milk or–better yet–sweetened coconut milk. Or crumbled and sprinkled over a cup of Greek yogurt, because they’re pretty crumbly already to begin with. What do you think?

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Do the world a favor. Bookmark these, save ‘em for that godforsaken day when you’re staring at your online calendar and realize with a pang of horror that you haven’t made anything for that oh-so-fancy-shmancy 10-year high school reunion/potluck yet. Save this for that day when the gallon tub of ice cream sitting in your freezer is screaming your name and you still have two weeks to fit into your bridesmaid dress. Trust me on this one: you can thank me later.

Did anybody else imagine John Cusack (voice of Dmitri from Anastasia) saying that last line? No? Just me? I love dreamboat Dmitri…almost as much as I love these bars. (Sorry, Deets, babe.)

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I’m sharing this recipe with all the #SundaySupper crew today as part of our “Unprocessed” series, which means you get a sneak peek at oodles of other awesome unprocessed recipes from our talented bloggers. Lucky you!



Raw Salted Chocolate Chip Oat Healthy Bars for #SundaySupper


  • 3/4 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup almonds or nut of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon nut or seed butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. In food processor, grind dates and nuts until they form a cchunky paste. Afd nut butter, coconut oil, vanilla, soy milk, and salt. Continue processing until a smoother but thick paste fos, about 3 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, pretzels, and chocolate chips. Pour paste into oat mixture and knead the paste through as best as you can. Mixture will be very thick! When oats are coated, press into a 9x5-inch loaf pan lined with foil. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before cutting into squares and enjoying!

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78 Responses to Raw Salted Chocolate Chip Oat Healthy Bars for #SundaySupper

  1. Oh my. I want to reach in and grab one of those right now. Yum!

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  6. I love when dishes surprise me like these did for you. They look amazing!

    Ps – I will happily take your California heat wave. Hoping we’re California neighbors one day soon :)

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  13. Beth

    Hmmm… do you think this would work with sunflower seeds instead of nuts? My workplace is completely nut-free, but these sound amazing and I’d like to make them to bring for breakfasts.
    Or, you know, to eat the whole thing in one sitting and then feel sickly full all day.

    If they don’t, I can always just eat them at home, because almonds! but I’d love to be able to bring them with me.

    • Beth–you know it! Though I’ve never tried it myself, I bet seeds would be an awesome sub–do tell me how that goes for you, because your workplace is going to love them. You might want to throw in an extra tablespoonful of sunflower seed butter or other non-nut butter to keep the dough holding together; it’s rather crumbly, and I suspect the oil from the nuts help bind, so that might help. And ugh, I totally endorse eating the whole pan–to be (grossly) honest, I didn’t even feel that terrible after eating the whole pan. Woe unto me, seriously. These are so. Good. Make a pan for work and make a pan for you! Cheers!

  14. Yeah, I could totally snack on these like crazy!

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  19. Beth

    ok, clearly i am having issues here – i came back to get the recipe and write down the ingredients for my grocery list, and i can’t find the recipe!!!

    • Beth, I checked and you’re absolutely right–something must have gone wrong on my end! I’ve done a temporary fix so you should be able to see the recipe now–I’ll readjust it when I get back to my comp. Sorry for the scare–you’re not going crazy, promise! :)

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  21. Liz

    These look delish, Ala!!! Love having a healthy treat that tastes like heaven :)

  22. Hi there! Love your photos, they are wonderful! :) And bars look super-tasty!

    • Mila–*thank you!* So glad you like them and that you’ve found my blog ;) I just nipped over to yours–ohmigosh! So much awesome stuff happening over there, must comment soon! Cheerios!

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  24. I can’t wait to make these!! I have everything I need too!

  25. Alaaaa become my personal chef? :P
    These bars do look super healthy but also VERY delicious! How do you do it?

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Ummmmm. Yeah OKAY MEBE I WILL. haha! Or I’ll be your fellow dessert ogler/sharer at least :D same to you, Uru? We need to do more recipe exchanges, at the very least. Speaking of which, I’m off to read your blog. You ROCK!

  26. These bars must have been so well balanced, not only in flavor but in texture too. They look delicious.

  27. Please send some of those my way! They sounds delicious!

  28. What a great recipe! Very inventive, and I’ll bet the flavor is wonderful. Plus it’s healthy! Well, relatively. ;-) Good stuff — thanks.,

  29. Wow. these look amazing! Guilt-free snacking on something that scrumptious? Yes please!

  30. You have all my favorite goodies in here!

  31. The fact that you studded them with pretzels already has me going after a big piece for myself. So let’s say one doesn’t like coconut oil, what would you use? :-)

    • Hey Susan! I’m guesing you don’t like the coconutty flavor? If that’s the case, dairy-free butter (or regular butter, if you’re not particular about keeping it vegan) in equal amounts should probably do the trick, though I suspect this recipe is versatile enough to hold its own if you subbed another plain oil (canola, etc.). If you like coconut but just not the coconut oil–the coconut does add an incredible dimension to the bars that surprised everyone! and I would definitely recommend keeping it in if possible–then you could sub an oil and add either coconut extract or shredded coconut. Hope that helps! And if you do try any of these ideas, definitely let me know so I can share your changes with readers :)

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  33. Ala you must have been reading my mind because I have been looking for a snack like this that satisfies my sweet/salty/crunchy cravings. I bought Fiber One bars but……they leave much to be desired PLUS are processed. Perfect recipe!!

    • I do major in mind-melding, you know ;) Fiber One’s got nothing on these (I know because I sloughed through approximately a month’s worth of them before I finally made these instead). Hope you love ‘em!

  34. Wow, these look delicious! You can never go wrong with oats and dates. :-)

  35. These are fantastic Ala!! I am totally making these for the fam. Pinned!

  36. Can you puh-lease mail me some to Florida?! Kthx :) But seriously, I can’t wait to make these!

  37. Not only do we live in very “warm” (okay, hot) Santa Monica, CA, I see we share the same tastes for scrumptious sweets…But we can indulge because they are the healthy kind, right?!

  38. Oh, these bars look amazing Ala! I love the coconut oil in here and sweet and salty is my favorite! I would definitely have a hard time not finishing the whole ban, they sound delicious!

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  40. I am addicted to crunchy pretzels in my bars! Great call. I need to pull out these ingredients, asap!

  41. Stacie

    if I want to make and give as party take aways will they last in plastic wrapping or must they stay in the fridge?

    • Hi Stacie! These are very crumbly bars, so chances are they may not hold up very well in room-temp plastic. However, if you’d like to give them as party takeaways, my taste-testers LOVED eating it as an oat crumble, with large chunks to take home and sprinkle over yogurt or to enjoy with soy milk–so I’d still totally recommend them for handing out. Hope you give it a go and definitely let me know how it goes if you do!

    • Hi Stacie, quick update: I just made these again for myself (huzzah) and they work perfectly fine cut into bars at room temperature, so you should have no problem packaging them in wrap. (Last time, I was out in 101 degree F weather, so no wonder they were crumbling!) Cheers!

  42. Oh these look absolutely amazing! Definitely on my list to make. I didn’t realize there are gluten free pretzels, but I guess they are making soo many things g-free now. I’m just afraid I won’t be able to stop eating them!

  43. I always need healthy bars for me or my on-the-go girls. These are PERFECT!

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  45. YUM! This seems so perfect for breakfast. Can’t wait to make it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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