Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I feel like we are constantly searching for snacks around here; we need things that are HEALTHY pretty much all the time. Most of the time we eat fruit, nuts, raw veggies, cheese, and other truly whole foods snacks. We do, though, also LOVE to bake around here, and sometimes snack can be extra yummy (face it, fruit, nuts and veggies ARE yummy) and healthy at the same time.

In an effort to create a snackable baked item that met our many criteria, I spent months trying out granola bar recipes. In the end, we came up with one that is a hit with everyone we know except hubby. The boys recently took them to play at a friend’s house, and we came home with two requests for the recipe. I based our recipe on this one from Smitten Kitchen, but it is unique enough to be our own.

We do take the 8 ounce package of pecans and literally pulverize them with a meat tenderizer to make them both easier for the tiniest kids to eat and next to impossible to pick out; we can’t have them picking out the protein, now can we?

Granola Bars

  • 3 1/3 C rolled oats
  • 2/3 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 t SEA salt (use twice that if it’s table)
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 8 oz. pecan pieces
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Mix above together.

  • 12 T fat (today was 8 coconut oil and 4 canola; I have used all coconut before (YUM!) and butter would be good too)
  • 3/4 C honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 2 T water

Mix wet, stir into dry. I like to use my stand mixer. Press into a greased 9 by 13 casserole and bake at 350 for about 30 to 35 minutes until golden on the edges and a bit golden on the top. Cut while slightly warm, but wait until they are cool to serve. Serve too soon and they fall apart.

You can also completely alter the recipe by changing the add ins; instead of pecan and chocolate chips, try 2 to 3 cups of any combination of nuts, dried fruit, and/or flaked coconut. I have used raisins in the past; the boys didn’t like them as much. Gee, go figure. And I felt like the raisins burnt slightly where they touched the pan, but cinnamon raisin was yummy. We have made chocolate chip and cashew recently; those were a hit too!

2 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Granola Bars”

  1. 1 monica padgett
    March 3, 2012 at 5:21 am

    So why doesn’t the husband like them?

  2. March 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Yay! I’m excited to get some of these going!

    Question, though: You say you can substitute 4-6 cups of add-ins for the chocolate chips and pecans, but the chocolate chips and pecans only add up to like 1.5 cups.

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