I'm not sure if anyone else feels this way, but in the last two years, my life's mission has been to make enough food to
A few of these granola bars found their way into my lunch as well. For research purposes, obviously. These granola bars are crunchy with a great taste but aren't overly sweet like some store-bought brands. I found mine were a little crumbly (although I didn't really mind) so I might add an extra tablespoon of melted butter next time to hold them together better. Next time, I also might double the recipe and bake it in a 9x13 baking dish because
Chocolate Chunk Toffee Granola Bars
Taken from: Oh She Glows
Makes 8ish bars (depending on the size)
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1/4 cup whole grain spelt or white whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (I used 2 tbsp flax seed instead)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup (or honey or maple syrup -- I used honey)
- 2 tbsp butter (add 1 extra tbsp of melted butter if mixture seems dry)
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter or any other nut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chunks or chips
- Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8-inch pan with a large piece of parchment paper (that covers the sides completely), so the bars do not stick to pan.
- In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (oats, flour, chia seeds, cinnamon, salt, walnuts).
- In a microwavable bowl, stir together the brown rice syrup, butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter. Microwave on high for 45 seconds. Alternatively you can heat this on the stovetop.
- Pour wet mixture onto dry and stir well. The mixture will be very tough to stir (it’s a thick dough!) so don’t be alarmed. Allow the dough to cool a bit before mixing in the chocolate (otherwise, if you add in the chocolate too soon, it will melt, and it’s best chunky).
- Scoop into prepared pan and with a wet spoon spread out the mixture. The dough will be very thick and sticky. I dipped a pastry roller into water and rolled it out. Try to get it as even as possible!
- Bake for 30-32 minutes at 350F. Allow to cool in the pan, on a cooling rack, for at least 15 minutes. Remove carefully from pan and allow to cool on the rack for another 20-30 minutes. If you cut the bars before completely cooling, they will crack, so it’s a good idea to wait as they will firm up.