I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I was obsessed with those Quaker chocolate chip chewy bars. I swear, I think I had one every day growing up when I was in grade school. However, if you’ve ever looked at the ingredients on the label, there’s so many preservatives, unnecessary, and refined ingredients that can be harmful to your health.
Since school is starting up again, I wanted to create a granola bar that is not only flavorful, but nutritious without all those extra additives. These chewy bars contain just 9 ingredients and are vegan and gluten free!
- 1 cup quick cooking oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill GF oats)
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds (or sliced/chopped)
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I use Crazy Richard’s)
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 Eating Evolved chocolate bar (can also use other brand with at least 60% cacao)
- Line a bread tin with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Stir oats, almonds, flaxseed, cinnamon, and salt into a bowl until combined. Set aside.
- Whisk together peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil until combined.
- Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir using a spatula.
- Mix until a “dough” has formed. (Note: you can also mix with your hands)
- Put mixture into the tin and press down until evenly spread out.
- Melt chocolate bar with a little dollop of coconut oil.
- Drizzle chocolate all over.
- Freeze for 1 hour.
- Cut up into bars or squares-your choice and serve!
- These can be kept in the fridge or freezer for 1 week.
*Make sure to keep them cold if you plan on packing one to go. Just place an ice pack into your lunchbox and they should keep well. When coconut oil is cold it hardens, so that is why they must be served chilled.