Lately, I’ve been trying to eat healthier. It’s so hard for me because I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth. Certified chocoholic right here. Luckily, these granola bars have lots of healthier ingredients in them with the addition of mini chocolate chips to help curb my chocolate cravings! These granola bars are seriously the best! Sometimes I have them for breakfast on the go, a snack during the day or even for a night time snack before bed! You can even use the oats, brown sugar, butter, coconut oil & honey as a base and add swap out the craisins, almonds and chocolate chips with what ever you want! A big bonus is that they’re no-bake! Well, semi-no-bake because you toast the oats and almonds, but that’s only a few minutes. Then, you just press them in the pan, chill and cut them up!
I love the taste the lightly toasted almonds and oats give the bars. It adds SO much flavor so I definitely don’t recommend skipping it! I don’t like to overly toast mine though, so I only do a few minutes. But you feel free to let them get nice and toasty for as long as you want!
The absolute most crucial step in making these bars is pressing them into the pan. I have tried more granola bar recipes than I can count and none of them seem to stick together, they always result in them crumbling apart. Not these! Once I have all of the ingredients together, I spoon them into my prepared pan and literally spend about 5 minutes making sure they are WELL compacted before chilling them in the fridge. This step can make or break your bars (literally) so just be sure to really take your time making sure they are absolutely firm and compact. The chocolate chips will melt a little bit, that’s just inevitable. The melted chocolate actually helps as “glue” to hold the bars together even better.
I really hope you enjoy these yummy granola bars as much as we do!