Chewy Chocolate Cherry Oat Bar

from Good Food Bad Diet

This oat bar recipe makes the most scrumptious replacement for store-bought granola bars!

Servings: 10 bars

Prep Time: 15 min


  • ¾ cup almond butter
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons honey agave, or maple syrup
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup toasted rice cereal
  • ½ cup sliced almonds roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cherries unsweetened, chopped finely
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chopped finely

Chocolate Drizzle

  • ¼ cup dark chocolate
  • ¼ teaspoon vegetable oil


  1. Directions
  2. Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap.
  3. In a medium bowl, add almond butter and honey. Stir to combine.
  4. Add oats, rice cereal, almonds, cherries, and chocolate. Stir until nut butter is evenly distributed and mixture is sticky. (You may need to add an additional tablespoon of honey or nut butter if the mixture isn’t coming together.)
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Cover with more parchment or plastic wrap. Use your hands, the back of a sturdy glass, or mug, to pack the mixture evenly into the pan.
  6. Chill in the freezer for at least 1 hour. Remove, slice into bars, and drizzle with chocolate, if desired.
  7. Optional chocolate drizzle: In a microwave safe bowl, combine ¼ cup dark chocolate with ¼ teaspoon vegetable oil. Heat in 15 second increments, stirring in between, until melted. Drizzle over sliced oat bars.
  8. Store bars in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to three days.

Recipe Notes

  • Replace rice cereal with extra oats, if desired.
  • Replace honey with additional nut butter, if desired.
  • Replace almond butter and sliced almonds with nut butter/nuts of choice.
  • To ensure the bars stick together, chop the almonds, cherries, and chocolate finely before adding to the mixture.
  • The recipe calls for 1-2 Tablespoons honey so you can customize the recipe to fit your ideal sweetness level. You can always start with one and add more to taste!
  • Because the consistency of nut butter can vary, you may need to add extra to bring the mixture together. It’s up to you whether your extra “glue” is in the form of nut butter or honey. 
  • If you don’t have an 8×8 dish, you can use half of a 9×13 or really any food container. Just press, chill, and cut. You can also roll the mixture into balls to make grabbable energy bites.

Nada’s Tips & Tricks: This is a great base recipe and as mentioned in the Notes, you can switch things up, mixing in or removing ingredients depending on what you have on hand and what people in the house will eat. A great way to introduce new or unfamiliar ingredients to your children’s developing palates. My son-in-law loved this recipe and is making batches for his kids’ lunches!

Contents and images used with permission by Abby Langer Nutrition.