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balls, bites & bars: chocolate granola bars

Much like the toasted coconut bars from last month, these bars definitely do NOT taste like the same-old same-old granola-y energy bars that we all know too well.

chocolate granola bars

These had me at hello – fudgy, chewy and adapting to a range of mix-ins.

chocolate granola bars

chocolate granola bars

But this one took a little tweaking. The first batch was good – flavor was there, super easy to make – but it wasn’t perfect. The bars were dry-ish and very crumbly.

And, well, I like to give you perfect.

chocolate granola bars

My pal Sara happened to be here while I was working on batch #2, and between the two of us we made some minor changes that made all the difference.

I used a combination of chopped pistachios and dried cherries (which I’m obsessed with ever since I used them in that matzoh toffee), but feel free to use whatever you like – toasted sliced almonds, chocolate chips, any chopped fruit, etc. (about 1/4 – 3/8 cup total).

Let me know what you think, and thank you Sara!

chocolate granola bars

 

Chocolate Granola Bars
adapted from The Pancake Princess

1 cup dates, chopped
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups oats
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup nut butter (I used almond butter)
1/4 – 1/2 cup mix-ins (I used 1/4 cup each chopped pistachios and dried cherries)

Spray an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; line in one direction with a parchment “sling”.

Place the dates and water in a small saucepan over high heat, uncovered. When the water boils add the baking powder and reduce heat to medium. Cook till dates are completely broken down and paste-like, stirring occasionally (about 10 minutes). Let cool till warm.

In a large bowl combine the oats, cocoa powder and mix-ins. Stir in the date paste and nut butter till mixture is very well combined. Using slightly dampened hands, press into your prepared baking pan. Freeze for 2 hours, or overnight. Using your parchment sling to assist, remove the bar to a cutting board and cut into bars.

Store bars in an airtight container in the fridge.

(print this recipe)


This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver
http://sherisilver.com/2015/06/18/balls-bites-bars-chocolate-granola-bars/

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4 Comments

  1. Shalagh on June 18, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    I make granola regularly and I think this just upped the game Sheri. A bar and the chocolate twist have me wondering, What if?
    Love,
    Shalagh



    • sherisilver on June 19, 2015 at 8:24 am

      I think you need to answer that question…..



  2. Alexa [fooduzzi.com] on June 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    LOVING this! The ingredient list is so short and delicious-looking…it looks like the perfect summer snack!



    • sherisilver on June 19, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Yay! Thank you! 🙂



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