These oats energy bars are delicious and packed with goodness! They have whole rolled oats, almonds, pistachios, chocolate chips flavoured with orange zest. They make an excellent make ahead snack or even a breakfast on busy mornings.
These oats energy bars take slightly more effort than my oats and sesame energy balls but they are also worth the extra effort. It is almost like biting into a dessert, but has so much goodness that it may qualify for breakfast. What a win!
The word energy bars makes it sound like one of those overpriced protein bars you buy, take a bite and frown but reluctantly eat fully because it is not cheap. These ARE not like that. They are chewy, soft and yet have the crunch of nuts and oats to bite into. And best of all, they take less than 30 minutes to make.
What do these Orange & Chocolate Oats Energy Bars have?
It has rolled oats, two types of nuts, a seed, a fruit zest and chocolate – which we all know is amazing. Best of all, these are customisable! Read the recipe below to know what can be substituted and how.
- Rolled Oats
- Whole Wheat
- Chia Seeds
- Coconut Sugar/Brown Sugar
- Jam of choice – I love and recommend a orange marmalade, or an apricot jam. But, any jam works
- Other add-ons like chocolate chips, cranberries
Easy Eggless Orange & Chocolate Oats Energy Bars
- 1½ cups rolled oats
- ¾ cup whole wheat
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup chopped almonds
- ¼ cup chopped cashews or pistachios
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup melted butter or ghee
- ¾ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp yoghurt (thick homemade works fine)
- 2 tbsp jam orange or apricot
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1/4 cup melted chocolate
- 1 tsp toasted oats toast oats in a dry pan until it is slightly brown
- 1 tsp chopped nuts almonds or pistachios
- Grease a 8 inch square pan with baking paper and set aside
- In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients – oats, whole wheat flour, chia seeds, nuts, baking powder, baking soda and chocolate chips.
- In a smaller bowl, combine all the wet ingredients – brown or coconut sugar, yoghurt, melted butter or ghee, jam and orange zest
- Combine both and mix until just combined. Transfer to greased baking dish and press well into the corners.
- Optionally, spread a thin layer of jam on top before baking.
- Bake at 180°C for 15- 20 minutes until the top is slightly golden.
- Remove from oven and spread a layer of thin melted chocolate and top with toasted oats, nuts. Chill for 2 hours and serve.
Variations you can try!
For the vegan version, I used a vegan butter ( margarine) and substituted the yoghurt with peanut butter. It was delicious. However, I realize not everyone liked to use margarine. If you are looking to make it vegan and have access to a vegan butter, it can be used in this recipe.
For the gluten free version, I substituted the whole wheat with jowar flour and it was a crumbly bar. I have had more success with oats flour, so you could try that.
If you are okay with ghee, but do not want to use yoghurt – a nut butter can be substituted easily.
You can change the chocolate chips and nuts to dried fruits of your choice as long as you keep the total amount of add ons to ¾ cups.
These bars are so easy to make and last a long time in the fridge ey are easy to make and last a long time if you put them in the fridge. Perfectly chewy, with a crunch bite of nuts and oats!
Please leave a comment below if you made this recipe, have any questions or thoughts! Your comment will help me learn more about your preferences and other readers.
This recipe is adapted from one of my favourite vegan bloggers, Pick up Limes.
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