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Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

by Maria on January 24, 2014

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I have been cutting back on the snack foods that I buy and encouraging the kids to eat more fruits and vegetables or other whole foods for snacks. Don’t get me wrong, though, they still love their granola bars, especially those with chocolate chips. But since even the relatively healthy, organic granola bars seem to have a lot of ingredients and can add up at the rate we go through them, I decided to try making my own.

Rather than starting from scratch I gave the chocolate chip granola bar recipe from one of my new cookbooks, Weelicious Lunches, a go. And a go it was! The recipe itself was simple and the kids loved the granola bars. I have made a few batches and next time I may experiment with adding in some chia seeds or dried fruit.

The only tiny complaint the kids have is that they crumble easily. This, according to my kids makes them a little too messy for snack time at school (apparently they have to clean up after themselves and this is just too much work for my boys—ha, I guess we have to work on that), so lately we have been eating them as an afterschool snack. They are also perfect for stashing in your bag and bringing along on your weekend adventures.

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Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

From Catherine McCord’s recipe, available in her cookbook Weelicious Lunches or at Weelicious.com:


Makes 30 small bars


4 cups old fashioned oats

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup chocolate chips*

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup honey

 

1. Preheat oven to 325 F.

2. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.

4. Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture and stir to combine.

5. Place granola mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet and shape into a rectangle, about 13 x 9 x 1 inch thick.

6. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

7. Allow to cool completely then cut into 3 x 1 inch bars.**

 

* You can substitute raisins or other dried fruit for the chocolate chips.

** Individually wrapped, the bars will remain fresh for several weeks.


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I used white wheat flour and wrapped each granola bar in parchment paper. The kids love unwrapping the little granola packages.  I think you could also keep them in an air tight food storage container—I just seem to have a shortage of those right now!

I calculated the nutrition per bar for 30 bars:

Nutrition analysis (for 1 bar): 185 cal; 26 g carb; 3 g pro; 8 g fat (2 sat); 3 g fiber; 40 mg sodium.

The first batch I made (pictured) I cut bigger pieces, making them more like 250 calories per bar. A little granola goes a long way! But given the fiber and healthy fat in this bar it is a great food to keep your little one (or you) going.  


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