Triple Chocolate Granola Bars

Layers of oats, nuts, seeds and chocolate! Topped with a dairy-free magic-shell chocolate topping. These bars are both gluten-free and vegan!

Works like a health bar, tastes like a candy bar! Layers of oats, nuts, seeds and chocolate! Topped with a dairy-free magic-shell chocolate topping. These bars are both gluten-free and vegan!

Triple Chocolate Granola Bars.

Do I really need to say more?

Chocolate chips, chocolate covered pumpkin seeds & homemade chocolate magic-shell. All in a healthy, nutrient dense grab-and-go bar. Chocolate in the beginning, chocolate in the middle, and chocolate at the end. These might be the best granola bars I’ve ever made. The fact that they moonlight as a candy bar is just the chocolate icing on the cake.

Works like a health bar, tastes like a candy bar! Layers of oats, nuts, seeds and chocolate! Topped with a dairy-free magic-shell chocolate topping. These bars are both gluten-free and vegan!

I guess this would be a good time to tell you that for all of the chocolate, they also pack a healthy punch with these goodies:

Chia seeds.
Sesame seeds.
Pumpkin Seeds.
Rolled Oats.

Fiber & healthy fats in every bite.  And did I mention, lots of chocolate?!

I love the crunch of adding various seeds to these bars. Besides being a good source of calcium and protein, they add an awesome texture! These work as an afternoon snack, breakfast, or dessert.

Works like a health bar, tastes like a candy bar! Layers of oats, nuts, seeds and chocolate! Topped with a dairy-free magic-shell chocolate topping. These bars are both gluten-free and vegan!

This month is definitely one of my favorite Recipe Redux themes: Bars & Bites for Brown Bags.

I’m a huge advocate for packing your own lunch. Not only do you end up saving a ton of money (like ~$1,000+ a year), but it’s also a great way to hold yourself accountable to your healthy eating goals.

I usually pack my lunch during the work week and 90% of the time it’s a salad of some sort. Since I am often running around in the evenings teaching classes or meeting with clients and friends, packing a salad for lunch is a sure-fire way for me to ensure I sneak in a few servings of vegetables each day.

But like any good meal, I don’t feel complete without a bit of chocolate at the end. These bars are my kryptonite. Anyone that’s been around me knows that 2PM is when I go hunting for my afternoon pick me up. Usually a cup of tea/coffee and a smidge of chocolate. Over the years, I’ve been able to downsize my portion to just a small bite, but I still need that little bit of sweetness to get me through the afternoon.

As such, these triple chocolate bars were born. A square of this does the trick!

I love the drizzle of my “magic-shell” topping, but if you’d prefer a more grain-based bar, you can omit it! When I’m not eating these, I keep them in the freezer for longer keeping! Wrapped tightly, they will last a few weeks in the freezer and up to a week in the fridge.

Works like a health bar, tastes like a candy bar! Layers of oats, nuts, seeds and chocolate! Topped with a dairy-free magic-shell chocolate topping. These bars are both gluten-free and vegan!

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Triple Chocolate Granola Bars
 
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Triple Chocolate Granola Bars! Taste like a candy bar, act like a health bar. Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows.
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups rolled oats
  • 1½ cups brown rice crispy cereal
  • ½ cup chocolate pumpkin seeds (like SuperSeedz brand. If you can't find chocolate pumpkin seeds, substitute another type of pumpkin seed or seed)
  • ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp. brown rice syrup
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup chopped + 2 tbsp. chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Line a 9" baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, crispy cereal, pumpkin seeds, unsweetened coconut, chia seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt together the brown rice syrup and peanut butter.
  4. Add the melted peanut butter to the bowl and stir until covered. It should be thick and almost hard to stir. Gently fold in the ¼ cup of chopped chocolate chips.
  5. Place the mixture into the baking pan and pat down. Use a pastry roller or wooden spoon to push down the mixture until hard and compact.
  6. Melt together the coconut oil and remaining 2 tbsp. chocolate chips. Whisk until smooth and drizzle over the bars. Freeze for at least 20 minutes until hard.
  7. Remove, slice as you like and enjoy! Keep the remaining bars in the fridge or freezer for quick snacking!

After you chew your way through these bars, be sure to check out my fellow Redux’ers as they take on Bars & Bites for packing a lunch!

  • http://graincrazy@blogspot.com Graincrazy

    These look yummy. Love that you added chia too..

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Thanks! The chia is sooo good in these!

  • http://freshfitnhealthy.com Sarah Grace

    Anything with chocolate x3 and I’m in!! chocolate covered pumpkin seeds?! oh my!!

    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Chocolate covered pumpkin seeds! They are awesome! One of my favorite snacks! I get them from Super Seedz- they are more chocolate dusted than actually covered but they still work! ;)

  • http://jillconyers.com jill conyers

    Triple chocolate? Yes please! Alex your recipe sounds and looks amazing!

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Aw, thanks Jill! These are one of my favorite recipes as of late! Triple Chocolate… what more needs to be said? ;)

  • http://www.theprettybee.com Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Cooking & Creating

    Perfect! This is my favorite kind of granola bar, with lots of chocolate! Pinned!

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Awesome! Thanks Kelly!

  • http://bendifulblog.com Renee @ Bendiful Blog

    Oh my goodness Yumm! These look delicious. I’m always scared to make my own bars since I never seem to get them to come out quite right.

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      I’ve struggled with the same! I love the texture of these but I do keep them in the fridge to the coconut oil doesn’t melt :)

  • http://liveanddiet.com Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    These look awesome!!! Can’t wait to whip up a batch :) Love how many seeds you worked in!

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Also known as… clean out the pantry bars :)

  • http://www.mjandhungryman.com Min

    I definitely need chocolate in some form everyday and this looks like the perfect way to satisfy that craving. Plus no need to turn on the oven in this triple digit weather!

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Me too! These are my favorite thing to much on when I am craving chocolate! I’ve also been known to put the magic shell topping on just about everything these days ;)

  • http://www.dontwhitesugarcoatit.com Elizabeth Jarrard

    magic shell! yes!!! looks fantastic

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Magic Shell for the win!!! :)

  • http://confessionsofamotherrunner.com/ Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    definitely making those!

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      You will love them Deborah!

  • http://anunrefinedvegan.com Annie

    Okay, yes. I’m a 3pm snack/tea-time person who also likes to have just a bit of sweetness alongside my beverage. These are perfect for that role!

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Yup, I’m totally that person. These paired with tea or coffee is my favorite thing these days!

  • http://immaeatthat.com/ Kylie @ immaeatthat

    Ohhhhh triple chocolate?! YES PUH-LEASE! And that whole “like any good meal, I don’t feel complete without a bit of chocolate at the end” comment…I completely agree:)

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Yeah, chocolate at the end of my meal is a habit I just can’t shake :)

  • http://mealmakeovermoms.com/kitchen/ Liz – Meal Makeover Moms

    I love your recipe and would definitely add it to my boys’ lunches. Great ingredients and so easy! Love the addition of pumpkin seeds too.

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Thanks Liz!

  • http://gigieatscelebrities.com GiGi Eats

    This chocolate three-some… Is just too naughty. If these were in a pantry they would be behind a black curtain (like the naughty magazines/videos at a magazine/video store – LOL!!)

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Bahaha! You always crack me up! Yes, these are my threesome granola bars ;)

  • http://www.cleanwellness.ca Allison

    These remind me of a treat that I used to have when I was a kid! I can still kind of taste it! This is more my style now. I love how crunchy, protein-packed, and chocolaty you made these! I need this bar in my life for when I want something crunchy AND sweet. Nice one! And gorgeous photos -I want to dive right in.

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Thanks Allison! They remind me of the chocolate star crunch bars I used to eat as a kid- filled with terrible ingredients but SO good! They were my inspiration for these :)

  • http://dietitianjess.weebly.com Dietitian Jess

    Afternoon chocolate pick me up is a must, and yes you have me at triple chocolate <3

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Thanks Jess!

  • http://www.teaspoonofspice.com Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil)

    No you didn’t not need to say more. Seriously, just the title the gorgeous photos and the recipe and I’d still be pinning this baby in a heartbeat.

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Ha! Pictures say it all anyways, no need for words :)

  • http://www.kumquatblog.com gretchen | kumquat

    chocolate pumpkin seeds?! i’ve been so missing out. this whole post makes me happy! gorgeous photos of delicious-looking food!

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      They are so good! I love them on their own or tucked into these bars

  • http://karalydon.com/blog Kara Lydon, RD

    You had me at triple chocolate. Gorgeous photos! Pinned!

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Thanks Kara!

  • Tiffany

    DELISH!! I can’t wait to try them!! Question…what kind of chocolate did you use?

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Hi Tiffany, I swear by Ghirardelli chocolate chips- they are the best! But, any kind will work here!

  • http://distractibleme.wordpress.com Natalie

    Can you use maple syrup instead of brown rice syrup? These sound amazing!

    • http://www.delishknowledge.com DK

      Hi Natalie, I haven’t tried it with maple syrup but let me know if it works out! I’m sure it will be great!

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