Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

June 22, 2012

in Breads, Muffins, Cookies, Gluten Free, Healthy "MAKEOVERS", Kid Friendly, Recipes

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

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

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  • Kayleigh Maijala

    Woo-hoo, these look great! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your “better than” recipe!

  • Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    Oh my gosh, I bet your recreation tastes SO much better than the Quaker ones. Your recipe sounds DELICIOUS! 🙂

  • JAG

    Do you have a suggestion as to how I might can cut the sugar more? Is it possible to use less sucanat (1/4 cup) or possibly more applesauce? I’m really watching my sugar intake as I tend to love it too much. Thanks for sharing your recipes… love your site!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Yes, you could use less chocolate chips.  Even 1/3 cup would cut it down and you’d still get some chocolate chips.  I was thinking about using stevia in the recipe, but it doesn’t give a good texture when its baked in a bar like this…it would lose the chewy-ness.  With more applesauce, you’d taste it, and its not really sweet enough.  You could try less sucanat too (1/4 to 1/3 cup).  I another bar recipe that’s no-bake.  Its 4 grams of sugar per bar if you want to check those out (could be even less if you omitted raisins)…

  • Anna @ The Guiltless Life

    Yum they look amazing! True story, I actually have some homemade granola bars just cooling on the counter right now lol! Posting the recipe on Monday. But they’re different to these – these would perfectly satisfy that chewy chocolate chip craving I get often! Yum!

    • Kristine Fretwell

       Great minds think alike! I’m heading over to check out that recipe!

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