Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Chia Seed Granola Bars

Friday, August 09, 2013


I really dread walking through the granola bar section at the grocery market because all of the bars out there SUCK.  There is not one healthy granola bar I have encountered yet I have seen many that claim to be healthy.  The other day I saw these new quinoa granola bar’s and thought to myself ‘finally something worth buying’ and then I read the ingredients and see that it's loaded with fructose corn syrup. I don’t mind the Kashi PB bars but even those are questionable.  I don’t know why it took me this long to decide to make my own granola bar’s but it did, and damn have I been missing out!

I found a great basic recipe that makes the perfect granola bar ever! It holds together very well and is full of healthy ingredients   You can also play around with the ingredients in this recipe and change it up each time you make a batch.  I went with PB and chocolate but next time I’ll try something more fruity like cranberry and pumpkin seed. The options are endless! I don't really enjoy sweet granola bar's so I only used one banana and 1/4 cup of agave nectar. If you like yours much sweeter feel free to use 2 banana's and 1/2 cup of sweetener (the options are below in the ingredients section)  These bar’s are also vegan (if you use dairy-free choco chips) and can be made gluten-free as well by using gluten-free rolled oats.

These will last a good week in the fridge!

Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Chia Seed Granola Bars
Ingredients:
1 ripe banana, mashed (you can add a second banana if you don’t want to add any liquid sweetener, see below)
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (if making these vegan, use dairy-free chips)
1/4 – 1/2 cup maple syrup (you could also use honey, coconut nectar, brown rice syrup, etc or skip and add extra banana)
1/2 cup organic natural peanut butter, chunky or creamy, (or any other nut or seed butter)
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 cup almond slivers
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 – 2 tablespoons espresso powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease an 8″ x 8″ glass baking pan very well, or line it with foil, leaving some overhang on two of the sides so you can easily pull it out of the pan to make cutting even easier (this is what I did).

In a large mixing bowl, add all of your ingredients. Mix and mash up very well until it is all well combined. Get your hands in there if you really want to.

Press the mixture firmly and evenly into your pan. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Don’t worry if the bars seem a bit soft, they will firm up as they cool. After it has completely cooled, either lift the entire thing out of the pan and cut into bars or squares, or cut while it is in the pan.

These can be stored individually in the fridge or freezer. 

adapted from tasty yummies







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39 comments

  1. They look delicious! I enjoy homemade granola bars so much more too! Like you, I hate when the companies pretend their bars are healthy!

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  2. I adoooore these granola bars! Homemade is def. best!

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  3. These look awesome!! Homemade granola bars are sooo much better than the kind from the store. With PB/Choc./Chia, not really sure how these could go wrong. They sound great!

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  4. Don´t get me started of how not really healthy granola bars are and how expensive store bought granola is. Make your own, absolutely!

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  5. What a delicious sounding snack bar!

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  6. Wow, this looks fantastic! I have actually never made homemade granola bars, so I definitely want to try making some.

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  7. What a clever way to inject chia seeds....don't mind if I do =)

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  8. Just discovered the interesting properties of chia seeds and it's great to see a
    wonderful dessert like this using chia.
    Thanks for sharing Natalie!

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  9. Looks tasty and good for you. And they do slice really well, which is usually such a problem with homemade granola bars. Great job!

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  10. These granola bars look so tasty. I would love to have a healthy treat like this.

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  11. These granola bars look so GOOD! I love them!

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  12. I have given up even looking at muesli bars in the supermarket because it just seems worse than the confectionery aisle - at least there you know you are buying too much sugar etc. Love your bars - look delicious

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  13. Homemade granola and granola bars are definitely the best! These look awesome and like a great meal substitute or snack.

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  14. I know what you mean - I buy commercial muesli bars only very, very rarely and only when I'm prepared to make a conscious decision to waste money and eat something suboptimal out of laziness! I try not to make those decisions often so these sorts of recipes are great :)

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  15. These look really, really good. And I bet they are really, really good for you!

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  16. Wow your granola bars look amazing. I always look out for new idea with chia seeds too, love it. Bookmarled.

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  17. Wow, these look so good! Healthy too,, but I'll bet the flavor is fabulous. Good stuff - thanks.

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  18. These look really tasty Natalie - gotta be, with chocolate in them, right? I love the addition of the chia seeds - so good for you!

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  19. healthy,chocolaty munch with peanut butter which makes everything taste heavenly to us...now this is going to be our everyday much during after-noon, thanks :-)

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  20. Having a total snack attack looking at these! Chocolate + PB are just meant to be!

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  21. These have all the flavors I love. I stopped buying store bought granola bars for all the reasons you mentioned. I will love trying these!

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  22. I love homemade granola bars, great job with these! I especially love the chia seed addition!

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  23. These look great...I was just at the grocery store and left irritated over the crap in granola bars. I've got to find vegan chocolate chips and then I'm making these :)

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  24. I've all but stopped buying granola bars, since fabulous treats like this exist! Seriously, it sounds perfect, from the chocolate to the chia seeds. I've gotta make your recipe ASAP, especially since I could use a few more healthy snacks on hand.

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  25. I love the addition of chia seeds, what a great way to boost the protein.

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  26. Haha, I love the way you started this post!
    I agree, it is hard to find a good granola bar with basic ingredients and not all the extra junk.
    These look perfect! I love the addition of chia seeds too.

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  27. I like your recipe peanut butter and chia seed granola bars. Your receipe was very tempting and interesting also. I will make healthy recipes for granola bars for my family, It is very easy and simple to home made. "Thanks for sharing this".

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  28. Hi Natalie,

    The definition of "healthy" can be subjective sometimes. I like your bars being deliciously irresistible and also fully packed with wholesome ingredients.

    I reckon homemade treats are still the best made with the best quality ingredients.

    Zoe

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  29. Ch ch ch Chia! I have just been reading about how beneficial Chia seeds are, so these sound wonderful to me!

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  30. The best way to get a healthy granola bar is to make em yourself! These sound delicious!

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  31. You are right - most commercial granola bars suck! They seem reasonably healthy until you read the ingredients. Best way is to make 'em yourself. These sound delish - love the chocolate and espresso flavours!

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  32. I love homemade chocolate granola bars. This looks yummy!

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  33. Yay for homemade! They looks soooo good and yay, another way to use chia seeds!

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  34. These look like the perfect combo of chewy and crunchy. And how clever to use chia seeds in them, too.

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  35. Home made granola bars have been on my to do list for awhile. Chia seeds are interesting, I'm still not totally 100% in with them yet though.

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  36. Gorgeous granola bars, homemade beats store bought always :D
    So much better when its your recipe :)

    Cheers
    CCU

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  37. I so agree! I guess you really have to make your own granola bar to make sure it's healthy..

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  38. I love homemade granola bars and these with chocolate, PB and chia seed (good idea!) sound really yum!!

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