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Chocolate Granola Bars

Customize your own granola bars with this recipe! From raisins and peanuts to dried cranberries or M&M's, there's no limit to the flavors you can create. Add up to 1 cup of additional mix-ins when you mix the dry ingredients together.
Course Snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip, easy, healthy, homemade, no sugar, with honey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 bars
Author Charity Matthews, from the book Super Simple Baking For Kids

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line the baking pan with enough parchment paper so the edges reach over the sides of the pan. (You'll pull up on the paper to remove the bars from the pan when they're done baking.)
  • Mix the dry ingredients. In the mixing bowl, use a rubber spatula to combine the oats, coconut, flaxseed (or wheat germ), and walnuts. Stir well.
  • Melt the chocolate. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the chocolate chips, butter, honey, salt, and vanilla. Stir continuously, about 1 minute, until the chocolate has melted.
  • Mix the wet and dry ingredients. Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the oat mixture. With a rubber spatula, stir until all the oats are coated. (Use your hands if you like, but ask an adult first to make sure the chocolate isn't too hot!)
  • Press the oat mixture into the pan. Transfer the oat mixture to the prepared pan and, using your hands, spread it out so it's flat and even.
  • Bake. Place the pan in the preheated oven. Bake the mixture for 20 minutes, until the edges are golden.
  • Let cool. Remove the pan from the oven. Let the granola cool in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Cut the bars. Using your hands, press down on the granola one more time to ensure it is packed tightly. Holding the edges of the parchment paper, transfer it to a cutting board. Using the sharp knife, cut into 8 rectangles. Granola bars will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.