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!

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!

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 1x
  • 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 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • 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. 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.

    • 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 🙂

  2. 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!!)

  3. Okay, yes. I’m a 3pm snack/tea-time person who also likes to have just a bit of sweetness alongside my beverage. These are perfect for that role!

  4. I definitely need chocolate in some form everyday and this looks like the perfect way to satisfy that craving. Plus no need to turn on the oven in this triple digit weather!

    • Me too! These are my favorite thing to much on when I am craving chocolate! I’ve also been known to put the magic shell topping on just about everything these days 😉

    • I’ve struggled with the same! I love the texture of these but I do keep them in the fridge to the coconut oil doesn’t melt 🙂

    • Chocolate covered pumpkin seeds! They are awesome! One of my favorite snacks! I get them from Super Seedz- they are more chocolate dusted than actually covered but they still work! 😉

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