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healthy chewy granola bar recipe

Chewy Chocolate Covered Granola Bars

Author: Heidi Boortz
Servings : 16

Ingredients

Granola Bars

  • 1 cup medjool dates pitted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup crispy brown rice cereal no sugar listed in ingredients, see notes
  • 6 oz whole raw almonds

Chocolate Topping

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp honey

Instructions

Granola Bars

  • Preheat oven to 350. Chop nuts. Arrange nuts and oats on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
  • While nuts and oats are roasting, add dates, honey, and peanut butter to a food processor. Process until dough forms. Remove from food processor and add to a mixing bowl.
  • Add nuts, oats, and cereal to the date mixture in the bowl. Stir until well combined. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Press mixture out onto baking sheet into a flat rectangle about 1 inch thick. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

Chocolate Topping

  • Melt coconut oil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in honey and cocoa powder until smooth. Let stand 10 minutes. Spread over oats mixture. Return to fridge for 15 minutes. Remove from fridge and cut into bars. Serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

Notes

We used Barabara's Brown Rice Crisps for testing purposes.  For vegan, use agave nectar instead of honey.
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