Apple Chocolate Chip No Bake Granola Bars

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. 🙂

Apple Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

(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

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Silicone Baking Mat
My silicone baking mat placed in the baking dish

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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LeAnn Nome

Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

7 thoughts on “Apple Chocolate Chip No Bake Granola Bars

  1. Hi there. Just getting into this ‘real foods’ business and would like to try these. However, I am keen for them to be able to go in the kids lunchboxes for outings etc (I have pre-schoolers). Do you have any suggestions as to how I could make this recipe left ‘soft’ as you describe it. Excuse my naivety – am not good at knowing how to alter recipes without ruining them. Thanks heaps 🙂

    1. Hi Adele! I’m not exactly sure how to make these more firm either! 🙂 If you click on the link to the original recipe on Live Simply, her recipe held up a little better since only honey was used. Also–here is a recipe you could try: http://realfitrealfoodmom.com/2013/06/05/granola-bar-success/ This is one of my earlier recipes that I would like to tweak a bit someday. It has 1/3 cup brown sugar in it, but they are very tasty and hold up really well when traveling. If you don’t mind a little brown sugar, you could use that. I’m hoping to find the time soon to try recreating this without it and using another sweetener instead…but for now, this might be a good start for you! Hope that helps!

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