Triple Chocolate Granola Bars (with gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options)
These triple chocolate granola bars are a chocolate lovers dream! They’re loaded with wholesome ingredients and taste absolutely amazing! Kid-friendly & adult-friendly :)
Today I’m sharing my latest obsession… these crazy delicious and surprisingly healthy(ish) no-bake triple chocolate granola bars! They’re packed full of wholesome ingredients and only take 15 minutes to make. Sounds too good to be true, right? Think again! ????
I’m not going to lie, dates have always scared me, however, this amazing smoothie changed everything. Ever since, I’ve been hoarding all of the medjool dates in the bulk section at our grocery store. Yes, sorry fellow Harmon’s Brickyard shoppers, that was me.???????? This is my latest and greatest date recipe (although there’s one more on its way soon) and it’s absolutely perfect for this time of year. These fudgy brownie-like bars are going to be the talk of the cafeteria, all of the other kids will be swapping snacks just for a bite of one these granola bars. The best part though, is that these treats are made with REAL ingredients (minimally processed), they’re refined sugar-free, and can easily be made gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan. ???? Yay for wholesome!!
Another win is that they’re no-bake. For the base I used a blend of dates, chocolate almond butter, flaxseed meal, old-fashioned rolled oats, toasted coconut, re-hydrated cocoa powder, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Just toss it into your food processor and give it a whirl until a batter-like paste forms.
Transfer it to a bowl and fold in the reserved oats, coconut, crispy cereal (you can use white or brown rice cereal), and chocolate chips. At this point, feel free to add some chopped nuts, dried fruit or seeds- basically whatever you like, mix it in!
Pour into a parchment lined pan (you can use a 9×5 loaf for thick bars or an 8×8 square pan for thinner bars) and press to create an even layer. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips (obviously) and then place in the refrigerator to “set” for a good 30 minutes.
How you cut them is totally up to you. These are pretty rich, so I’d suggest 8 bars or 16 squares (especially for younger kids). Of course, you might need to cut them even smaller so there’s a few extra for you!
Guys, I really hope that you will love these triple chocolate granola bars as much as we do. They’re decadent, yet wholesome and so easy to make. Enjoy!
- 14 medjool dates, pitted (fresh, soft and sticky)
- 8 tbsp. chocolate almond butter or chocolate peanut butter (I used Justin's)
- 2 tbsp. flaxseed meal
- ½ c. toasted unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
- 1¾ c. old fashioned oats, divided
- 3 tbsp. cocoa powder + 5 tablespoons water, mixed
- 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. kosher sea salt
- ¾ c. crispy rice cereal (white or brown)
- ¼ c. mini chocolate chips or chocolate covered sunflower seeds
- Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan or a 8x8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, set aside.
- Pulse dates in a food processor until a paste forms. Add the chocolate almond or peanut butter, flaxseed, ¼ cup of toasted coconut, ½ cup of oats, cocoa mixture, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Pulse until combined (see picture above). It should look like a thick brownie batter or cookie dough.
- Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and fold in the remaining coconut and oats, along with the rice cereal and 3 tablespoons of the mini chocolate chips.
- Pour mixture into the prepared pan and press firmly to create an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top, then cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes. Remove from the pan using the edges of the parchment paper and transfer to a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut into 8 rectangular bars or 16 squares. Store in a ziploc bag at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for up to 1 week.
-When making these gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan, please use the appropriate products. I have general ingredients listed, however, you can easily swap them out for your favorite ones :)
Recipe source: Life Made Simple