Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
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The convenience and quick energy of a store-bought granola bar is hard to beat, but we could do without the impending sugar crash. Enter this recipe for chewy chocolate chip granola bars from Autumn Michaelis’s Whole Food for Your Family. They’re just as convenient once you make a batch, but a bit better for you (or your kids).
“Granola bars are such easy, tasty snacks and lunch box staples,” she writes, “but they often have a long list of ingredients, including a lot of sugar.” In comparison, these bars have only seven ingredients.
“We usually make a double batch,” she continues, “baking in a 9-by-13-inch pan for 45 minutes.”
From Whole Food for Your Family by Autumn Michaelis. Copyright © 2022 by Autumn Michaelis. Reprinted by permission of Harvest, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
¼ cup extra-light-tasting olive oil or coconut oil
½ cup honey
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1¼ cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
¼ cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips, divided
1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the oil, honey and salt. Cook until combined and heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla and oats. Stir until combined. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes while you prepare the pan. Line a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
3. Stir the crisp rice into the oat mixture. Sprinkle half of the chocolate chips over the parchment paper in the bottom of the pan. Spread the oat mixture over the top and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons chocolate chips. Top with a piece of parchment paper and press down, pressing the chocolate chips into the bars and evening the top.
4. Bake until the bars are light brown around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool the bar completely in the pan before portioning them. Store in the pantry in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Note: Make sure you use quick-cooking oats, not old-fashioned. Can’t find mini chocolate chips? You can use regular chocolate chips chopped into fine pieces by hand or in a food processor. You can use pure maple syrup instead of honey, but since it is thinner, it will sink to the bottom of the granola bars a bit.