Triple Chocolate Granola Bars
 
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These triple chocolate granola bars are a chocolate lovers dream! They're loaded with wholesome ingredients and taste absolutely amazing! Kid-friendly & adult-friendly :)
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Yield: 8-16 bars or squares
Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
  1. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan or a 8x8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Notes
-You can easily swap out the chocolate chips for more nuts, dried fruit or seeds.
-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
Recipe by Life Made Simple at https://lifemadesimplebakes.com/triple-chocolate-granola-bars/