Here was my inspiration for this recipe…
What kid doesn’t like these? Mine sure does! But of course looking at the ingredient list, its not something I want to give her on a regular basis. I have another granola bar recipe (Trail Mix Granola Bars) but in all honesty, Sienna didn’t like them. She’s not a fan of all those types of nuts and seeds. So I figured with this, I’d go as kid-friendly as possible while still using quality ingredients. Guess what? She ate them up (and so did we!)
Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (gluten free, dairy free, egg free)
Makes 24 bars
2/3 cup natural peanut butter, smooth (or almond butter or for nut free use Sunbutter)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup sucanat (or palm sugar or another type of raw brown sugar)
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups rolled oats, the old fashioned kind
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips (*check package for no milk ingredients for dairy free. PC Decadent Chocolate Chips and Kirkland Chocolate Chips are both dairy free)
1/3 cup ground flax (or chia) *could omit
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease (or spray) a 9 x 13 baking dish or pan.
In a bowl, mix together the peanut butter through to the vanilla. Add in rolled oats, chocolate chips and flax and stir until well coated. Press into the pan with greased hands.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until just golden around the edges.
IMPORTANT: Cool fully, then cut into squares. Bars will be crumbly when hot, but they come together when cooled.
I wrapped mine individually in plastic wrap and stored in the fridge. Should also be fine at room temp if its not too hot. They would also freeze well.
Nutrition (per bar) Calories: 140 Fat: 6.3 g Carbs: 20 g Fiber: 2.2 g Sugars: 10 g Sodium: 3 mg Protein: 4 g