I love granola bars. They’re so easy to make and they taste so good…plus, they’re a quick and healthy snack or breakfast we can grab when we’re in a hurry. I made some No Bake Granola Bars from Live Simply last week and they were great, but I definitely wish I had made a double batch! They were gone in no time! They also were just a tad too sweet for me. I love honey, but it was just a little too much. So, I decided to adjust the recipe a bit and instead of doubling the honey for my double batch, I added apple juice and maple syrup to balance out the taste of honey. The end result? Yummy granola bars that we all loved…with enough left over to put the extras in the freezer! I think you all know by now how much I love to utilize my freezer. 🙂
(Note: I made the mistake of using my wet spoon to press down the chocolate chips–that’s why they look a little funny. Lesson learned…next time I’ll use a dry spoon.)
Apple Chocolate Chip No Bake Granola Bars
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey (I used local, raw honey from Honored Prairie)
- 3 T pure maple syrup (also from Honored Prairie)
- 1/4 cup 1-ingredient organic apple juice (I buy the huge jugs from Whole Foods)
- 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the rolled oats and flax seed. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, heat coconut oil, honey, maple syrup and apple juice over medium heat. Once the mixture starts to boil, let it go for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and almond butter. Stir together. Pour mixture over the rolled oats and stir to combine.
Line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with either parchment paper (or you can use a silicone baking mat like I did to eliminate waste). Make sure the edges hang over the side for easy lifting when done. Pour mixture into baking dish and press firmly with the back of your spoon until evenly spread out. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and press them in slightly with a dry spoon to help them stick. Place in the fridge for an hour to let cool and set up. When you’re ready to cut, simply pull up and flip out onto a large cutting board. Store in the fridge or freezer.
Note: These are soft granola bars, but that’s how we like them. They’re easy to eat (even right out of the freezer!), but I’m guessing they wouldn’t travel well because they would fall apart. We eat them at home with breakfast or as a snack, so this isn’t a problem…but just wanted to give you the heads up. The original recipe with only honey as the sweetener probably holds up better for travel (but, I don’t know because they didn’t last longer than a day when I made them last time)! 🙂
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