Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Chocolate chip oatmeal bars are fast and easy to make. Think of them as thick chewy cookies that are less hassle to bake!

stack of chocolate chip oatmeal bars

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars are the lazy man’s chocolate chip cookie, and that’s ok by me.

Seriously though, instead of scooping out each individual cookie, you can just spread this cookie dough into the baking dish.

Thick chewy chocolate chip oatmeal bars, in a fraction of the time.

If you like bars, have you tried my heavenly applesauce bars recipe?

oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars on white platters with oats

How to know when bars are done

These cookie bars will be golden but slightly jiggly right out of the oven, but don’t worry! They set up as they cool, making that thick chewy bar keep it’s moisture.

If the bars are dry after they’ve cooled, then they were over baked!

oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars on white platter

How to keep bars from drying out

As soon as the bars are cooled completely, store the bars in an air tight container to keep the moisture in the chocolate chip oatmeal bars.

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Can these be made Gluten Free?

Yes, these chocolate chip oatmeal bars can be made with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking 1-to-1 Flour in place of regular flour with perfect results.

Can these be made Dairy Free?

Yes, substitute the butter with coconut oil. Make sure to use dairy free chocolate chips.

Need more gluten free recipes? Check out my gluten free & dairy free chocolate chip cookies recipe here.

Or my gluten free & dairy free applesauce bars.

How to make chocolate chip oatmeal bars

oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars visual steps with raw dough, adding oats, adding chocolate chips, putting in pan, baking

  1. Mix the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla together.
  2. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Add oats and mix well.
  4. Hand stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Spread evenly throughout a 9×13 greased baking dish.
  6. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes until golden on top and slightly jiggly.
  7. Cool completely on cooling rack. Slice into bars and serve!

 oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars in baking dish

oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars with bite taken 

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Gooey Chocolate Chip Oatmeal bars with a crispy top are the quick and easy alternative to making regular cookies by cooking the entire batch in a pan all at the same time! Plus, they're nice and thick this way.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 240kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x13 baking pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl with a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add sugars and beat with butter. Mix in eggs and vanilla until creamy.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Slowly add the flour into the batter. Mix until well incorporated.
  • Add oatmeal and combine well.
  • Mix in chocolate chips using a mixer or by hand with a large spatula, if it's too hard to combine with mixer. (My Kitchenaid can handle mixing it altogether)
  • Spread cookie dough evenly into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. The chocolate chip oatmeal bars will be slightly gooey in the middle and that's ok. It will continue to cook and firm up as it cools (otherwise they can taste dry from overcooking).
  • Place plan on a cooling rack and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into the bars. They will be very melty and soft at this point, but hot and delicious. If you want a firmer bar, allow to cool completely before cutting.


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Serving: 1grams | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 165mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g

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  1. These were delicious! I did a gf version and ended up needing to bake longer than the suggested time but turned out so yummy!

    1. So glad you enjoyed them! They will feel a little wobbly when taken out of the oven and continue to firm up as it cools.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh these were so yummy. I made them gluten free. I’m not letting my self make more because I could NOT stop eating them!

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