chocolate chip granola bars from halsanutrition.com - kids will love these whole grain bars, filled with oats, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, and of course, chocolate chips; believe it or not, once you have all the ingredients they are really easy to make!Pin

HÄLSA Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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These chocolate chip granola bars are easy to make and healthier than store-bought ones. They are also vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, egg-free, and dairy-free, making them suitable for a variety of diets!chocolate chip granola bars from halsanutrition.com - kids will love these whole grain bars, filled with oats, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, and of course, chocolate chips; believe it or not, once you have all the ingredients they are really easy to make! Pin

 “Mmm, these are good.” Proclaimed my 9-year old son when he tasted one of these homemade granola bars.

“And they look like the ones you get at the store,” he added.

“I’m glad you like them,” was all I said (with a slight smile). After all, you’ve got to play it cool. Don’t get me wrong, most of the time I am practically doing cartwheels when the boys love a new food that I’ve made, but I think sometimes that backfires!

I have made many batches of granola bars, but I will be honest, I often overdo it on the nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, leaving them just a touch too healthy for my kids! But I finally figured out a combination that satisfies both of my boys, my husband, and leaves me feeling like they are getting a wholesome snack.

These granola bars have evolved from my usual go-to chocolate chip granola bar recipe, which was adapted from a weelicious recipe. They are great to have on hand for school snacks, after school snacks, and weekend outings. Of course, you won’t always find them in my pantry. I still buy my fair share of granola bars, partly because it’s the easy thing to do, partly because we eat a lot of granola bars, and partly because I like to mix things up!

Usually, I’m able to cut around 15 nice, rectangular granola “bars”, but often many of them crumble into smaller, bite-sized pieces and crumbles. My kids prefer the bars, but I also love the smaller pieces and crumbles. After all, sometimes you want a whole bar and sometimes you just want a bite. (And as for those crumbles, well they taste really good in a bowl with some almond milk!)

Definitely give these a try, but full warning, they are hard to stop eating, so maybe freeze half or hide them in the back of the refrigerator for a few days!

HÄLSA Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
 
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These delicious, whole-grain granola bars are a natural, lower sugar alternative to store-bought granola bars. They are also suitable for a variety of diets: vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and nut-free.
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Recipe type: snack
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup avocado or grapeseed oil*
  • 3 ½ cups gluten-free oats
  • ¼ cup chia seeds (optional; they do make the bars a little messier)
  • ¼ cup gluten-free oat flour (or other GF flour)
  • ½ cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • * If using coconut oil, melt it and then let it cool slightly so the chocolate chips don't completely melt!
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Line an approximately 9 x 13-inch rimmed baking sheet or oven-safe glass baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oats through salt. Add the maple syrup and oil and stir well to combine.
  4. Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Place another sheet of parchment paper on top and then use the palms of your hands to press down to compact.
  5. Remove top parchment paper and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely and then slice into squares or bars.
  6. Store in an an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for longer storage.
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