I recently talked about the food slump I’ve been in lately. One of my major weaknesses (I blame the kids) is dessert. I developed a major sweet tooth during my first pregnancy and it never went away.
So, I’ve decided if I’m going to eat dessert, I’m better off making it myself. Granola bars are one of my favorite treats. Granola bars often pass themselves off like a healthy snack when, in fact, they are no better than a candy bar. If you check the label, most of them are loaded up with sugar and other ingredients I’m not so sure about.Got 5 minutes? Make these delicious Chocolate Granola Bars! Click To Tweet
Well, I figure if I can’t beat these granola/sweet cravings, why not join them and make my own tasty Chocolate Granola Bars filled with my favorite nutritious ingredients. I’d still consider these chocolate granola bars a dessert, but they do offer lots of healthy fat and protein.
5 Minute, No-Bake Chocolate Granola Bars
My favorite thing, besides the taste, is how easy these bad boys were to put together. 5 minutes is nothing! Just heat the peanut butter, vanilla and honey in a sauce pan, add the wet ingredients to the dry, press in a pan and there you go- an extremely tasty, super simple, protein-packed dessert. Plus, they can easily be modified depending on what you have around the house.
I used unsweetened peanut butter, unsweetened coconut flakes and unsweetened cocoa powder. The added sweetness comes straight from the honey. You could also try maple syrup. I’m a huge fan of almonds and sunflower seeds, so I threw some in there for an extra punch of protein. I used lightly salted almonds and sunflower seeds and it made for a great combo of sweet and salty.
These granola bars are pretty chocolatey, so you could easily reduce the amount of cocoa powder. I’m sure it would also taste delicious with a variety of different nuts too. My chocolate granola bars freeze well too, so you can make a bunch and have a tasty treat ready to go.
- 1/4 C Unsweetened Coco Powder
- 1 1/2 C Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 1/2 C Unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 C Peanut butter
- 1/2 C Honey
- 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
- 1/2 C Almonds, chopped
- 1/4 C Sunflower seeds
- Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Heat peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract in a saucepan for 2-3 minutes.
- Mix dry with the wet ingredients.
- Press mixture into a flat pan lined with parchment paper.
- Let set in fridge for 30 minutes. I wrapped them up in foil and put half in the fridge and half in the freezer for later.