These 9-ingredient, gluten-free, Chocolate Pretzel Bars are so easy to make. Throw all the ingredients in a blender, spoon them into a baking tray, and boom ~ deliciousness delivered! And, what’s more, these bars are made with dates and coconut oil, which kind of makes them on the healthyish side ~ at least that is what I like to think.
**This post made it’s appearance on the blog in March 2017. It has since been updated with new content and is being republished on here today.**
These easy chocolate pretzel bars are simply heavenly. I am not sure what it is about the blend of the oats, coconut oil, dates, eggs, and milk – but they just jive so well together. Especially when they are baked up studded with pretzels and chocolate chips.
Over the past few years, I have made these bars more times than I can count. They have served as an afterschool snack when my daughter was younger. They have been our go-to snack for long road trips. And, these days, they serve me well as a tasty everyday breakfast or snack.
And these bars are so easy to make.
What are the ingredients needed to make these easy chocolate pretzel bars?
The 9 ingredients needed to make these bars are:
1) Gluten-free Rolled oats,
3) Coconut oil,
5) Almond milk,
6) Vanilla Extract,
8) Chocolate chips, and
9) Gluten-free pretzels.
You probably already have these ingredients in your kitchen, so making these bars are as easy as gathering and measuring out the ingredients. Adding them to a blender, and then pouring the mixture into a baking tray and setting it to bake for 30-35 minutes. And these bars are ready to enjoy!
The first time I shared the recipe for these bars on here (back in March, 2017), my daughter and I were heading on a road trip to Greenville, South Carolina.
I adore cake! So, when my friend and fellow blogger, Allie (from Through Her Looking Glass), mentioned how wonderful the chocolate cake at Brick Street Cafe was, well, there was only one thing to do.
And…that was to take a road trip to taste and see for myself!
I managed to talk my daughter into joining me on a drive up to Greenville, South Carolina, to enjoy some of that Brick Street Chocolate Cake! Yes, a lot of the trips my daughter and I venture out on are governed by food ~ but, can you blame us? Look at this cake!
And, y’all, that chocolate cake didn’t disappoint!
It was good! Great, even!
But, so was the coconut cake, the sweet potato cake and the German chocolate cake.
Yes, we had cake for lunch AND for dessert.
We hadn’t packed anything else to munch on so figured why not!
After getting totally caked, the thought of jumping back in our car and sitting still for 2+ hours on the drive back was almost unbearable
Besides, I knew that when that sugar high wore off, I’d be super sleepy! And, for some weird reason, when I get sleepy when I’m driving, I need to guzzle water. Loading up on h20 somehow manages to keep me awake. But, as luck may have it (total sarcasm here) we hadn’t packed any water to bring along!
No water and no snacks!
But, live and learn – right?
Now when we travel, we have an assortment of beverages on hand and healthy treats like these Chocolate Pretzel Bars as well!
Adaptations to making these Chocolate Pretzel Bars:
Recently, I made two batches of these Chocolate Pretzel Bars.
I sweetened one batch with medjool dates instead of sugar and employed coconut oil in it in-place of butter. So, other than the chocolate chips, this first batch was refined sugar free. If you are watching your sugar intake, you can use sugar-free chocolate chips instead.
I made another batch with brown sugar instead of dates and half butter and half coconut oil. I didn’t get to taste the second batch as I took it to my daughter’s school and ended up bringing home an empty tray – so, I guess it’s safe to say my daughter’s classmates enjoyed them.
I can attest to the fact that that first batch is so ridiculously good – and easy to make, similar to these Peanut butter oat bars.
If you have some oats, eggs, coconut oil, dates, chocolate chips, and pretzels in your pantry, you can easily whip up a batch of these with the help of your blender and oven!
Slightly crunchy and less crumbly than the second batch – this easy chocolate pretzel bars are not only wonderful road trip food, but are just as delightful with a cup of tea or coffee for breakfast or dessert.