Perfect Healthy Oatmeal Bars {That Actually Taste Good!}

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In a dream world, there would be melt-in-your-mouth, healthy oatmeal bars that require no cooking, few ingredients, and that are wholesome enough to fill up a hungry family. 

I’m not dreaming and there is such a thang!

No joke — these healthy oatmeal bars are super simple to make and I try not to run out because my crew starts looking for them.  I revamped a recipe that works for us that my friend Joli shared with me years ago. I’ve been promising to share this goodie with our health challengers that we’ve been coaching because these bars definitely fit into the clean eating category.Healthy Oatmeal Bars

Yeah, our old ways of buying the ready-made bars from the grocery store were costing a fortune and the ingredients were not the best sometimes.  Lately, I’ve been enjoying the task of reinventing our old favorites in the kitchen into healthier alternatives that actually taste good.

These are a definite winner!

After I quickly crank them out, the bars are placed on cookie sheets in the freezer.  I will frequently hear the freezer door opening and it makes me feel good to know my people are sneaking out a little bit of wholesomeness.

Let’s get on to that how to put these thangs together, shall we?!

Healthy Oatmeal Bars Recipe

The original recipe called for you to roll them into the shape of balls but I enjoy taking the extra time to make these into bars like the expensive ones we used to buy.   That way, the fam feels as if they have something really substantial.   I forgot to mention this in the video below, but you can also change up the flavor of these yummy bars by adding a tiny bit of shredded coconut flakes, dried fruit, or a dash or cocoa powder.  

Here’s the Healthy Oatmeal Bars Printable Recipe:


No Bake Healthy Oatmeal Bars {That Don't Taste Healthy}
  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Flax Seed {meal not whole}
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup any combination of nuts
  1. Mix oats and flax seed meal. Mix in peanut butter and honey and mix well with oats and flax seed. You'll need to mix with your hands possibly since it's thick but BE SURE to wet your hands and it won't stick to you as bad. You can stop here or add your variety of nuts and also some chocolate chips of your choice.
  2. Wet hands again and shape small amount of mixture to form bars to the size of your choice. Space out on cookie sheet so they aren't touching and stick in the freezer. After they freeze separately, you can chunk in a ziploc but I just leave them on cookie sheets since they don't last very long. 😉
You are welcome to leave the healthy oatmeal bars in the freezer long enough to harden and then place them in freezer bags but they don’t last long enough to go to that trouble around here, so I don’t.  I hope you enjoy them — we sure do.

Question:  What other types of healthy recipes besides healthy oatmeal bars would you like to see?


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  1. March 18, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Love the addition of flax! Those would make great breakfast cookies for me as a grab and go meal in the morning.

    • Shan
      April 1, 2015 / 11:19 pm

      Yay!!! Let me know how they turn out. I tried gluten free oats today and it still turned out wonderfully.


    • Shan
      April 1, 2015 / 11:17 pm

      It truly is a great one, Rebecca. Thank you so much. I tried it today with gluten free oats and it worked out great too.


  2. March 24, 2015 / 12:19 am

    This was the most viewed post from last week’s Try a New Recipe Tuesday. Congratulations!! Be sure to grab an “I’ve been featured” button from my sidebar for your blog. Your feature will go live shortly! 🙂

    • Shan
      April 1, 2015 / 11:16 pm

      Thank you so much for letting me know, Lisa!


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