August 20, 2014

Triple Chocolate Granola Bars

Layers of oats, nuts, seeds and chocolate! Topped with a dairy-free magic-shell chocolate topping. These bars are both gluten-free and vegan!

Triple Chocolate Granola Bars.

Do I really need to say more?

Chocolate chips, chocolate covered pumpkin seeds & homemade chocolate magic-shell. All in a healthy, nutrient dense grab-and-go bar. Chocolate in the beginning, chocolate in the middle, and chocolate at the end. These might be the best granola bars I’ve ever made. The fact that they moonlight as a candy bar is just the chocolate icing on the cake.

Works like a health bar, tastes like a candy bar! Layers of oats, nuts, seeds and chocolate! Topped with a dairy-free magic-shell chocolate topping. These bars are both gluten-free and vegan!

I guess this would be a good time to tell you that for all of the chocolate, they also pack a healthy punch with these goodies:

Chia seeds.
Sesame seeds.
Pumpkin Seeds.
Rolled Oats.

Fiber & healthy fats in every bite.  And did I mention, lots of chocolate?!

I love the crunch of adding various seeds to these bars. Besides being a good source of calcium and protein, they add an awesome texture! These work as an afternoon snack, breakfast, or dessert.

Works like a health bar, tastes like a candy bar! Layers of oats, nuts, seeds and chocolate! Topped with a dairy-free magic-shell chocolate topping. These bars are both gluten-free and vegan!

This month is definitely one of my favorite Recipe Redux themes: Bars & Bites for Brown Bags.

I’m a huge advocate for packing your own lunch. Not only do you end up saving a ton of money (like ~$1,000+ a year), but it’s also a great way to hold yourself accountable to your healthy eating goals.

I usually pack my lunch during the work week and 90% of the time it’s a salad of some sort. Since I am often running around in the evenings teaching classes or meeting with clients and friends, packing a salad for lunch is a sure-fire way for me to ensure I sneak in a few servings of vegetables each day.

But like any good meal, I don’t feel complete without a bit of chocolate at the end. These bars are my kryptonite. Anyone that’s been around me knows that 2PM is when I go hunting for my afternoon pick me up. Usually a cup of tea/coffee and a smidge of chocolate. Over the years, I’ve been able to downsize my portion to just a small bite, but I still need that little bit of sweetness to get me through the afternoon.

As such, these triple chocolate bars were born. A square of this does the trick!

I love the drizzle of my “magic-shell” topping, but if you’d prefer a more grain-based bar, you can omit it! When I’m not eating these, I keep them in the freezer for longer keeping! Wrapped tightly, they will last a few weeks in the freezer and up to a week in the fridge.

Works like a health bar, tastes like a candy bar! Layers of oats, nuts, seeds and chocolate! Topped with a dairy-free magic-shell chocolate topping. These bars are both gluten-free and vegan!

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

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Triple Chocolate Granola Bars

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Snack

Description

Triple Chocolate Granola Bars! Taste like a candy bar, act like a health bar. Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows.


  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Snack
  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Snack
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice crispy cereal
  • 1/2 cup chocolate pumpkin seeds (like [url:2]SuperSeedz brand[/url]. If you can’t find chocolate pumpkin seeds, substitute another type of pumpkin seed or seed)
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp. brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped + 2 tbsp. chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Line a 9″ baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, crispy cereal, pumpkin seeds, unsweetened coconut, chia seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt together the brown rice syrup and peanut butter.
  4. Add the melted peanut butter to the bowl and stir until covered. It should be thick and almost hard to stir. Gently fold in the 1/4 cup of chopped chocolate chips.
  5. Place the mixture into the baking pan and pat down. Use a pastry roller or wooden spoon to push down the mixture until hard and compact.
  6. Melt together the coconut oil and remaining 2 tbsp. chocolate chips. Whisk until smooth and drizzle over the bars. Freeze for at least 20 minutes until hard.
  7. Remove, slice as you like and enjoy! Keep the remaining bars in the fridge or freezer for quick snacking!

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After you chew your way through these bars, be sure to check out my fellow Redux’ers as they take on Bars & Bites for packing a lunch!


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    1. Kam
      August 25, 2021 AT 3:08 pm

      Just made these for and they taste amazing! I substituted date syrup for brown rice syrup and pumpkin seed butter for the peanut butter to make it nut-free for school. I doubled the amount of chocolate for the drizzle 😉 I may increase the seed butter/date syrup ratio next time since they were quite soft.

    2. Natalie
      September 12, 2014 AT 6:07 am

      Can you use maple syrup instead of brown rice syrup? These sound amazing!

      1. DK
        September 12, 2014 AT 8:59 am

        Hi Natalie, I haven’t tried it with maple syrup but let me know if it works out! I’m sure it will be great!

    3. Tiffany
      September 11, 2014 AT 5:32 pm

      DELISH!! I can’t wait to try them!! Question…what kind of chocolate did you use?

      1. DK
        September 11, 2014 AT 6:39 pm

        Hi Tiffany, I swear by Ghirardelli chocolate chips- they are the best! But, any kind will work here!

    4. Kara Lydon, RD
      August 25, 2014 AT 11:06 am

      You had me at triple chocolate. Gorgeous photos! Pinned!

      1. DK
        August 25, 2014 AT 12:52 pm

        Thanks Kara!

    5. gretchen | kumquat
      August 25, 2014 AT 7:24 am

      chocolate pumpkin seeds?! i’ve been so missing out. this whole post makes me happy! gorgeous photos of delicious-looking food!

      1. DK
        August 25, 2014 AT 12:52 pm

        They are so good! I love them on their own or tucked into these bars

    6. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil)
      August 23, 2014 AT 6:59 pm

      No you didn’t not need to say more. Seriously, just the title the gorgeous photos and the recipe and I’d still be pinning this baby in a heartbeat.

      1. DK
        August 25, 2014 AT 12:51 pm

        Ha! Pictures say it all anyways, no need for words 🙂

    7. Dietitian Jess
      August 22, 2014 AT 12:15 pm

      Afternoon chocolate pick me up is a must, and yes you have me at triple chocolate <3

      1. DK
        August 25, 2014 AT 12:51 pm

        Thanks Jess!

    8. Allison
      August 22, 2014 AT 5:46 am

      These remind me of a treat that I used to have when I was a kid! I can still kind of taste it! This is more my style now. I love how crunchy, protein-packed, and chocolaty you made these! I need this bar in my life for when I want something crunchy AND sweet. Nice one! And gorgeous photos -I want to dive right in.

      1. DK
        August 25, 2014 AT 12:51 pm

        Thanks Allison! They remind me of the chocolate star crunch bars I used to eat as a kid- filled with terrible ingredients but SO good! They were my inspiration for these 🙂

    9. GiGi Eats
      August 21, 2014 AT 7:08 pm

      This chocolate three-some… Is just too naughty. If these were in a pantry they would be behind a black curtain (like the naughty magazines/videos at a magazine/video store – LOL!!)

      1. DK
        August 25, 2014 AT 12:48 pm

        Bahaha! You always crack me up! Yes, these are my threesome granola bars 😉

    10. Liz – Meal Makeover Moms
      August 21, 2014 AT 6:30 pm

      I love your recipe and would definitely add it to my boys’ lunches. Great ingredients and so easy! Love the addition of pumpkin seeds too.

      1. DK
        August 21, 2014 AT 6:44 pm

        Thanks Liz!