I’m a big fan of dark chocolate and granola bars. So I decided to combine these in a really yummy granola bar recipe! My recipe was inspired by one I saw at Another Lunch, with a few changes. Instead of using chocolate chips, I used a 4-ounce Ghirardelli 60% cacao dark chocolate bar, chopping it up coarsely. I used coconut oil instead of canola oil, using a few teaspoons more than the original recipe did. And I used puffed brown rice cereal instead of crisp rice cereal.
I love the way they tasted! The only downside is that, after the granola is done baking, it needs to sit overnight to fully set before cutting into bars. If you cut them sooner, they’ll fall apart. They were still slightly crumbly in some places when I cut mine the next morning, but not too bad. I found that when I refrigerated them they held together better, too.
These are great for a quick breakfast (chocolate for breakfast–YES!) or an afternoon snack. They’re easy to take to work or pack in a school lunch if you wrap each bar individually in wax paper after cutting them. Next time I make these, I may add some chopped almonds, too.
This recipe makes 10 to 12 yummy granola bars!
DARK CHOCOLATE GRANOLA BARS by NancyCreative, adapted from Another Lunch
Makes 10 to 12 bars in an 8×8″ pan
- 2 1/2 cups quick oats (regular oats don’t hold together as well in this)
- 1/2 cup puffed brown rice or crisp rice cereal
- 1 1/2 to 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed or wheat germ
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, well-packed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup plus 1 to 2 teaspoons coconut oil (or substitute canola oil)
- 1/4 cup plus 1 to 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 (4-ounce) dark chocolate bar, coarsely chopped (I used a Ghirardelli 60% cacao bar)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8″ square pan with parchment paper; set aside.
Mix oats, rice cereal, flaxseed or wheat germ, brown sugar, and salt, blending so ingredients are evenly distributed. Add in the oil, honey, and vanilla, and slowly blend ingredients well, taking your time, so the wet ingredients can “soak” into the dry ingredients and hold together better (you can use a big spoon or even your hands to mix the ingredients). Then stir in the coarsely chopped bar of chocolate, blending so chocolate is evenly distributed. Firmly press mixture into your parchment-lined 8×8″ pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until top is golden (I baked mine 22 minutes).
Let granola cool completely and set overnight in pan (if you don’t let it set long enough, the granola will fall apart when cutting).
The next morning, lift the granola out of the pan with the edges of the parchment paper.
Using a long, sharp knife, cut into bars…you’ll get 10 to 12, depending on how wide you cut them. I cut mine into 10 bars. The granola was still a little crumbly in some places when I was cutting…these bars are definitely more delicate than the store-bought kind (but I think they taste so much better!).
If you’re not eating the granola bars right away, wrap them up individually in wax paper or a waxy type of sandwich wrap (I got mine at Sam’s Club). You can store them, wrapped, in an airtight container, but I like storing them in the refrigerator better–after mine were in the fridge a bit, they held together better.
Then enjoy your granola bars whenever you’re ready for a great snack!
Do you make your own granola bars? What ingredients do you like putting in yours?
These look wonderful and I’ll have to try coconut oil next time because I like flaked coconut in my granola bars.
Susan, your comment made me realize that a little flaked coconut might be a nice addition to the recipe, too! 🙂
Yummy, Nancy!!! These look and sound delicious. I don’t make granola bars but I do make my own granola cereal. I believe I will be trying this recipe out pretty soon 🙂
I’ve seen so many yummy granola recipes lately…I definitely want to make more of my own homemade granola cereal and bars!
Pinned… lol I can’t wait to make these… bought some from the store last weekend and they just didn’t float my boat… being able to add what I want… and try different combinations sounds like so much fun! thank you for sharing
Yes, it’s nice to put in exactly what you like! And they taste so much better!
Gosh these sound wonderful! Maybe some dried cherries additionally?
Adding dried cherries would be a great idea, Anna!
You had me at dark chocolate. There you go again with your beautiful photos and delicious cooking. 🙂 I have some dark chocolate chunks on hand…not the same as the dark chocolate bar, but I’ll try em out, suffer through it.:)
Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the granola bars! 🙂
Nancy, these look fantastic! I had been searching for a good granola chocolate bar and looks like my search has ended. I love that you used coconut oil. i am a huge fan of coconut oil myself!
Yes, I really do like coconut oil–I’m using it more and more!