I love chocolate. Big time. Why anyone would ever choose a non-chocolate dessert is beyond me. Given my affinity for the stuff, chocolate seems to find its way into my mouth pretty much every. single. day. Luckily, I am able to control my quantities, thereby avoiding any major health issues (so far…). Also luckily, I don’t need thick slabs of cake or ooey gooey brownies. I just need some chocolate in some variety. Plain and simple. Due to my indiscriminate chocolate taste, I like to experiment making chocolate recipes on the healthier side. Or should I say, the ‘healthier’ side?
I came across this recipe for chocolate granola bars by the Marathon Mom. They’ve been on my pinterest wall for quite awhile, so I decided it was finally time to give them a shot. I ended up tweaking the original recipe slightly given that I didn’t have all the called-for ingredients in my kitchen. Bonus: they don’t require any baking! full recipe below
First, melt a half stick of butter in a saucepan over medium heat:
Add peanut butter and honey, and heat, stirring frequently, until melted:
Add oats, flax, and shredded coconut:
And the best part….add the chocolate:
Stir to combine:
Scrape into an 8×8 greased pan and let cool in the refrigerator until set. Once cool, divide into 8 bars. Store in the fridge.
This recipe was incredibly quick, easy, and delicious. The peanut butter and oats make the bars pretty dense, so they are a super satisfying afternoon snack as well as a chocolate fix!
Chocolate Granola Bars makes 8 bars Ingredients - 1/4 cup unsalted butter - 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used super chunky) - 1/3 cup honey - 1 cup oats - 2 tablespoons ground flax - 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut - 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips Method Melt butter, peanut butter, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently. Once melted, add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Scrape into 8x8 greased dish and set in fridge to cool. Once set, divide into 8 bars. Keep in the refrigerator.