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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars – Cookies and Bars in One Dessert!

These chocolate chip oatmeal bars are rich and delicious and make the perfect snack or dessert.

Bar recipes are a godsend for any busy homemaker. They are so easy to make, and even easier to eat. 

Two of my favorite desserts are chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal bars. I’ve combined them both into one delicious dessert with success. My husband is a big fan of anything that contains oatmeal.

He also has a sweet tooth, so combining one of his favorite tastes into a dessert for him is a no brainer.

The smile on his face when I served them showed me how much he LOVED them!These chocolate chip oatmeal bars are hearty, gooey and full of the flavor dark chocolate and oats. They are super easy to make too.

Treat your family to these chocolate chip oatmeal bars

These amazing bars are the best of both dessert words.  The chocolate chips add a sweet and rich flavor to the hearty oatmeal bars that just can’t be beat.  (See a gluten free version of these bars in this recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars.)

Oatmeal bars are one of my favorites. I even made some the other day in the microwave!

Easy desserts like this (and my no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars,) are my cup of tea.

These chocolate chip oatmeal bars are easy to make and so, so delicious!

Chewy, chocolate-y goodness in every single bite! The dark chocolate chips add a decadent taste to the bars, so even a small serving will satisfy. They are crazy good!

I love making bars.  The recipes are usually very forgiving, since you can often substitute what you have in your pantry for an ingredient in the recipe. They are also very easy to make, and taste just plain GOOD!

What is not to like about rolled oats, dark chocolate chips, and brown sugar mixed with a few other goodies into a delicious chewy bite of yummy?ingredients for my chocolate chip oatmeal bars

Also, my kitchen is in a mess right now.  My handy hubby is transforming my small pantry into a mini walk in version where I will actually be able to see what is in there instead of saying “I know I bought some of this last week but can’t find it now!”

So he deserves one of his favorite sweet treats tonight.  And I deserve an easy recipe that can be made in my messy kitchen without going nuts.

I started by combining my rolled oats, flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a bowl and whisking them together.

whisk the dry ingredients for the chocolate chip oatmeal bars

Next, I creamed the butter and sugars, and added the dry ingredients gradually to my stand mixer.Cream the butter and sugars

I limed a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with parchment paper to make removing the bars easier later and then added half of my batter and topped it with 1 cup of chocolate chips.

Spread the rest of the chocolate chips over the batter

The last step is to spread the other half of the butter on the top and then bake it for 30 minutes.  As an added treat, just as the bars came out of the oven, I pushed in a few more chocolate chips on top for a pretty effect.

Get read to bake the chocolate chip oatmeal bars

We brought some store bought 7 layer bars to a BBQ the other night and my husband later told me “those weren’t as good as your layer bars.”

So, homemade oatmeal chocolate chip bars here we come.  I promised him that these chocolate chip oatmeal bars will be MUCH better than any you could buy in any store! Let’s see if I kept my promise…;-)

Take a bite of these chocolate chip oatmeal bars

This combination of hearty oatmeal mixed with rich dark chocolate leaves me a bit weak in the knees, I have to admit.  My main problem is not going back for seconds.  Good thing they freeze well!

Join me in a plate of chocolate chip oatmeal bars
The oatmeal chocolate chip bars are super moist, very buttery, loaded with oats, chocolate and other bits of sweet indulgence.

They are perfect for any busy weeknight and will be a hit at Pot luck dinners or tailgating events.

Chocolate chip oatmeal bars ready to eat!

Are you looking for a special treat for your special someone this week? Why not try these amazing chocolate chip oatmeal bars.  I guarantee you, they will thank you for it!These chocolate chip oatmeal bars are hearty, gooey and full of the flavor dark chocolate and oats. They are super easy to make too.

Want some more dessert inspiration?  Have a look on my Sweet Endings board at Pinterest.  There is something for all taste buds there!

Yield: 20

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ts[ baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 º F. Line a 9 x 13 in. pan with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together well the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each one.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the sea salt, baking soda, baking powder, flour, and rolled oats. Whisk well. Gradually add this mixture to the wet ingredients.
  • Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips, just until combined.
  • Spread 1/2 of the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining cup of chocolate chips over the top.
  • Place the remaining cookie mixture on top of chocolate and gently press. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting and store in an air tight container..
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