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2-Layer Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Bars, Vegan + Gluten-Free

Recently I shared the recipe for my Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bars and today I’m excited to share another variation on the traditional granola bar. Today’s 2-Layer Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Bars may look and taste like a dessert but they are secretly nutritious enough for breakfast. I think they also make the perfect afternoon snack because they are filled with fiber from oats, chi and flax seeds with a hint of chocolately, coconutty sweetness.

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2-Layer Chocolate Coconut Bars

makes about 8 bars

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free oats)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds)
  • 3 tbs chia seeds
  • 2 tbs ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 3 tbs agave
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 3 tbs unsweetened shredded coconut
  • optional- cacao nibs


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Grease a 8″ x 8″ baking pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, nuts, chia seeds and salt. In a small bowl mix together milk, agave, vanilla extract and coconut oil. Add wet ingredients to large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. Divide batter into two separate bowls. Mix cocoa powder into one bowl and coconut into the other.
  4. Spread batter with cocoa evenly over bottom of baking dish. Spread coconut batter over first layer. Sprinkle with cacao nibs (if using)
  5. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely (you can pop it in the refrigerator to speed this up).
  6. Once completely cool, use a sharp knife to cut into bars. Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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6 Responses to 2-Layer Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Bars, Vegan + Gluten-Free

  1. I have made these twice now and they have not turned out as bars either time. There is far too much liquid – it makes a lovely baked oatmeal to be eaten with a spoon, but not bars. Is one of the measurements off? Also, there is no mention of the ground flax seed in the directions, so I just added it with the other dry ingredients, since that’s where it’s listed. Is that the part that is causing my troubles? This is very tasty, but not at all what I was hoping for as a bar.

    • Hi Stephanie, thank you for bringing this to my attention! I completely left a step out of the directions, which is why your bars haven’t been working!

      The flax seed is meant to be prepared as a flax “egg”, where you mix it with 3 tbs of warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes before adding to mixture. I’m so sorry this was omitted- I’m updating the directions right now! :)

  2. Same as the above commenter, my batter turned out very liquidy also, and I didn’t see your response about the flax egg until too late. It also seemed like there wasn’t enough batter to fill the pan, so I added extra oats and the consistency actually turned out great, although probably a bit drier than the recipe intends. I should have doubled the sweetener and cocoa too though to give it more flavor. You really only used 1 cup of oats? It just didn’t seem like enough. They are yummy though, I would make them again!

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