These no-bake chocolate granola are chewy and sweet with a bit of crunch and a touch of peanut butter. No need to heat up the oven - Just 30 minutes to make and packed with flavor!
Are chocolate granola bars healthy?
Let's be honest - between the chocolate chips, the syrup, the nut butter and the almonds, this granola bar recipe is neither low sugar or low fat. They certainly aren't low in calories!
On the other hand, the almonds and nut butter do make this a higher protein granola bar than many. The oats even add some fiber.
You can always make it as healthy as possible by using natural nut butters, pure maple syrup, etc.
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Are these granola bars vegan? Gluten-Free?
If you stick to maple syrup as your sweetener, they are vegan.
As long as you use gluten free oats, they are gluten free. While most oats are gluten free, many brands can't guarantee that there won't be some traces due to cross contamination.
- maple syrup
- peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter
- coconut oil
- vanilla extract
- rolled oats and quick oats
- shredded coconut
- mini chocolate chips
- whole almonds
Rolled oats or quick oats?
I used both in this recipe because the rolled oats give these granola bars some chewiness. If you don't have both kinds of oats in your home then you can easily just use 2 cups of quick oats.
I don't think that I would recommend 2 cups of rolled oats because that would probably make them TOO chewy!
What kind of syrup should I use?
I strongly suggest that you use pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup. In most cases, pancake syrup is nothing more than high-fructose corn syrup mixed with flavoring and color.
If you decide to use pancake syrup, you may need to use more, to taste. Pure maple syrup is sweeter than pancake syrup...and this chocolate granola bar recipe uses pure maple syrup.
If pure maple syrup is too expensive, or you just don't care about the maple flavor, you can always substitute in a half cup honey for the syrup.
How to Store Them
Your chocolate granola bars will keep in an airtight container on the kitchen counter for about 3 days.
You can also wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store them in the freezer for up to six months.
Try these variations!
Cranberry Chocolate Almond: swap out the maple syrup for honey and add ½ cup dried cranberries
Apricot Almond Granola Bars: omit the chocolate chips, use honey instead of maple syrup and add ½ cup chopped dried apricots