If you need a healthy, gluten free snack idea, look no further than these Oatmeal Zucchini Snack Bars!  They’re wholesome and whole grain with rolled oats, plenty of zucchini and dark chocolate chips!

Oatmeal zucchini snack bars stacked up

**The photos and recipe for this post were updated in July 2018 but the text remains the same.

My kids are back in school, so I’m trying really hard to find healthy snacks for them that aren’t out of a bag.  Of course I give them some packaged snacks, but I don’t want everything they put in their mouths to be processed food.

These Oatmeal Zucchini Snack Bars fit the bill perfectly. 🙂

Overhead shot of oatmeal zucchini snack bars cut into squares

These healthy zucchini bars are something really special.  They’re packed with so many wholesome ingredients including rolled oats, zucchini, banana and almond butter.  The bars are flourless too, making them a great gluten-free option.

These zucchini and banana provide the moisture needed to make these bars nice and soft, and the oats are the perfect chewy contrast.

Oatmeal zucchini snack bars cut into squares in baking pan

Customize your Oatmeal Zucchini Snack Bars

These zucchini oatmeal chocolate chip bars can be customized so many different ways.  I chose to use maple syrup as my sweetener because it’s unrefined and I love the flavor.  You can certainly use coconut sugar, honey or your sweetener of choice.

I used coconut oil in this recipe, but it may be subbed out with canola oil.

I used unsweetened almond milk here, but you can certainly substitute that with whatever you have on hand.

Overhead shot of oatmeal zucchini snack bars stacked up

Recipe Notes:

  • Bars keep well for 3-4 days at room temperature stored an air tight container.  You may also refrigerate them and reheat before serving if desired.
  • If you like your zucchini bars with chocolate chips the way I do, be sure and add them!  I like to use Guittard extra dark chocolate chips, but you can use dairy free if you’re lactose intolerant.
  • Change up these bars by using walnuts, coconut or dried fruit!

Front view of oatmeal zucchini snack bars in a stack

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Yield: 15 bars

Oatmeal Zucchini Snack Bars

Oatmeal zucchini snack bars stacked up

Oatmeal Zucchini Snack Bars are wholesome, hearty gluten-free bars packed with oats, zucchini and chocolate chips!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (or your favorite sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly (or use your favorite oil)
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1 banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups grated zucchini, (1 lb. or about 2 medium)
  • 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (use dairy free if lactose intolerant)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup and coconut oil until well combined.
  3. Whisk in the almond butter, mashed banana, almond milk, and vanilla until incorporated, then whisk in the baking powder and salt.
  4. Stir in the grated zucchini until combined.
  5. Add the oats and dark chocolate chips and stir until well incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.  Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and set.  Remove from heat and cool on a wire rack.
  7. Cut into bars, serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Bars keep well for 3-4 days at room temperature stored an air tight container.  You may also refrigerate them and reheat before serving if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 5g

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