Oat & Fruit Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Oat & Fruit Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Stop reaching for those store-bought “granola bars” when you need an energy-boost. Not only do they often include ingredients that you’ll have trouble pronouncing, they’re also often loaded with refined sugars, following up a short energy-boost with an energy-crash and burn. Thankfully, there’s a much better option.

Oat and Fruit Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are a healthy granola bar recipe made with only 100% clean ingredients– ingredients you can feel about putting into your body or packing in little Johnny’s lunchbox. And, they taste great, too! Simply make this clean eating energy snack ahead of time and grab one for the road. No more excuses.

Oat & Fruit Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Oat & Fruit Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Yields: 12 servings | Calories: 337 |Total Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Sodium: 102 mg | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Carbohydrates: 49 g | Fiber: 6 g | Sugars: 27 g | Protein: 7 g | SmartPoints: 15

Ingredients

    Dry Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled (old-fashioned) oats
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup hulled, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • Wet ingredients
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line an 8 x 12-inch baking pan with parchment paper and grease the paper with coconut oil or cooking spray.

Mix the almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut, oats,and 1/4 teaspoon salt together. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dry ingredients (besides the coconut palm sugar) in an even layer. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring halfway through and rotating pan, to ensure all ingredients cook evenly and achieve some golden color.

Pour ingredients into a bowl and stir in the wheat germ. Place coconut oil, honey, coconut palm sugar, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk until fully combined, about two minutes. Pour over dry, toasted ingredients in the bowl and stir to combine. Stir in the cranberries, and apricots. Allow to cool slightly, for 4 to 5 minutes, and gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and flatten to make even. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool for at least 2 hours before cutting into bars or squares.

*Note that 3 tablespoons of flax seeds or chia seeds can be mixed into the ingredients at the same time as adding the wheat germ, if desired.

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6 Comments on "Oat & Fruit Chocolate Chip Granola Bars"

  1. Pauleen  January 16, 2016

    Silly question but is it 337 calories for the whole dish or per serve 👍🏻

    Reply
  2. Deann  May 18, 2016

    This recipe as well as several others look so good! I would love to make them and try them but due to allergies I cannot. Is there a healthy ingredient I could use in place of the Honey? I am allergic to honey and so many healthy recipes have it in the ingredients. Do you have a substitute I could use in place of the honey? Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • Gale Compton  May 19, 2016

      Deann, For a recipe calling for honey, I would recommend using pure maple syrup. 🙂

      Reply
  3. Tiffany  July 8, 2016

    how do you get them to stick together?

    Reply
    • Gale Compton  July 8, 2016

      Tiffany, Mainly with the honey and coconut oil. Have you made the recipe?

      Reply

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