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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

Want more balls, bites and bars?

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  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?

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

      I think you need to answer that question…..

  2. Alexa [] 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! 🙂