Chewy Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars

fullsizeoutput_a47efullsizeoutput_a47afullsizeoutput_a47fHave you ever heard someone refer to the people who shop at Whole Foods as “granola people”? It’s usually seen as a derogatory epithet, but I gladly wear the title of being a “granola girl”. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with loving granola and Whole Foods – if anything I call that living the dream!

I am a big protein/granola bar girl. If I don’t have time to make breakfast, I will grab a Luna Bar or Go Macro bar to take to class. I’ve tried pretty much every bar under the sun.

These little bars started out as one thing and ended up as something entirely different. Originally, I set out to make a copycat recipe for Pamela’s Whenever Bars which are absolutely scrumptious! However, as beautiful as they photographed, they did not live up to my expectations. Chewy? Check! Gummy? Double check… The texture was completely off and I decided to take the recipe a completely different direction by making these toasty and slightly chewy breakfast bars. Free of refined-sugar and nutrient-dense, these granola bars will satiate your appetite and keep you going all morning long!

What’s In These Bars:

  • Chia Seeds: This wonder ingredient is packed full of antioxidants (double the amount found in blueberries), fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and calcium (6x more than milk).  
  • Gluten-Free Oats: Rich in fiber, phosphorus, thiamine, magnesium, and zinc, oats are great for supporting heart health and stabilizing your blood sugar as well as keeping you satiated throughout the morning.
  • Coconut: Aside from giving these bars a delicious toasted coconut flavor and chewy texture, coconut is known to boost metabolic function and support bone health because it is high in manganese.
  • Almonds: I love incorporating nuts into my breakfast and especially almonds which contain healthy fats, fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E thereby supporting heart health and reducing a mid-morning snack craving.
Chewy Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars

Yield: 9 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 21 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Start by lining two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the oats, coconut flour, chia seeds, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt together.
  3. In a separate, larger bowl, mix together the coconut sugar, vanilla, melted and cooled coconut oil, and egg together into an even consistency.
  4. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until you achieve a loose dough. Mix in the coconut, almonds, and chocolate.
  5. Taking about 1/4 cup of dough at a time, shape the bars with your hands on the parchment paper, pressing and molding the dough into your desired shape. Don't worry if the dough seems crumbly because it will hold its shape and bind together in the oven.
  6. Once you have shaped the dough into bars, bake the granola bars for 9-10 minutes until the edges look crisp and golden-brown.
  7. After the bars have finished baking, allow them to cool completely before removing to a plate.
  8. Enjoy the day of or store in an air-tight container to be enjoyed throughout the week!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 bars Serving Size: 1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 12.2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 20.2gFiber: 2gSugar: 12.6gProtein: 3g

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