Make Chocolate Granola Bars in the comfort of your own home. You will never want to buy another box of granola bars from the store again!
It’s time for the weekend, everyone! Do you have anything fun planned? I think we’re ready to soak in the beautiful weather and let the sun do its magic. It sure is nice to feel the warmth and see the ground again (even though there’s not much to look at except for dead grass, ha). In preparation for our outdoor adventures this weekend, I started to get all sorts of ideas for snacks on the go that are wholesome and keep you fueled for physical exercise.
Granola Bars were the first thing that popped into my head. Not surprising since they are the snack of choice for Adam and me. Those little bars always seem to satisfy and are just the right amount to hold me over in the afternoon or when I’m feeling a bit peckish whilst on a hike or after a run.
I’ve prepared plenty of batches of granola bars in the past, but have never made chocolate the star of the show. Something I needed to change ASAP!
I totally and completely love making a batch of granola bars and I might even go as far as saying that these ones are my favorite so far. The chocolate being the main reason why ;).
They turned out somewhat dense yet soft, perfectly chewy and were not too sweet. Super easy to cut into individual bars and they keep extremely well for a couple of days. But I doubt they’ll last that long.
I used unsweetened cocoa powder as well as mini chocolate chips – double chocolate is definitely the way to go when you make chocolate granola bars. Also, there’s creamy peanut butter involved. And we all know that peanut butter and chocolate are the dream team.
If you’re dealing with allergies, you can substitute any nut butter of your choice. As a matter of fact, you can substitute or customize add-ins according to your taste. This is such a great base recipe that’s easily adaptable. The only thing I wouldn’t swap are the quick cook oats. They’re basically the glue that holds the bars together and ensures that you won’t have any crumbling or falling apart. I am speaking from experience.
Not only do they hold me over or make for a great snack, but they’re total craving crushers as well. Ever NEEDED a candy bar and were looking for a better choice? Well, look no further. Having these around makes it so easy to say no to candy and yes to something much better. Again, I’m speaking from experience :).
Hope you enjoy! Have a delicious and fun-filled weekend.
- 1 cup quick cook oats
- 1 1/2 cups crispy brown rice cereal
- 1 tablespoon ground flax meal
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons light corn syrup (honey or brown rice syrup can be substituted)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, more for sprinkling
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate for drizzling, optional
- Line an 8-x-8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.
- 1. Pour oats, cereal as well as ground flax meal into a large bowl.
- 2. In a medium saucepan, combine peanut butter and corn syrup. Heat over medium heat and stir until warm and combined, about 5 minutes (this can also be done in the microwave). Remove from the stove, add vanilla and cocoa powder and stir to incorporate.
- 3. Pour mixture over the dry ingredients and using a rubber spatula, stir until fully coated. Add mini chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
- 4. Press mixture into the prepared pan. Allow bars to set for 2-3 hours (I usually prepare mine the night before and let them sit overnight and cut them in the morning) before cutting into 10 bars.
- 5. Once cut, melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl in the microwave. Transfer to a small ziptop bag, cut off one corner and pipe chocolate over each granola bar, if desired. Press additional mini chocolate chips into the piped chocolate. Once chocolate is set as well, wrap each bar in clear wrap and store in an airtight bag.