There's nothing in this world that beats a chocolate granola bar! Okay, that sounds like an exaggeration but biting into a really good chocolate granola bar is highly satisfying.
And nothing beats home made ones - loving mixed and baked in the oven with the best ingredients...
... and coated with a thick layer of good quality chocolate.
The final product!
It's typically gets eaten up by the family in a matter of days!
Chocolate Granola Bars
Pioneer Woman's recipe
- 6 cups Rolled Oats (not Quick Oats)
- 4 tbsp Butter, Melted, Plus More For Greasing (I substituted with 4 tbsp olive oil)
- ¼ cups Vegetable Or Canola Oil
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cups Honey
- ¼ cups Apple Juice
- ¼ cups Molasses (I substituted with 1/4 cup maple syrup)
- 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1-½ cup Rice Krispies (I substituted with 1-1/2 cup Buckwheat Puffs)
- 1 cup Wheat Germ (I substituted with 1 cup grounded flax seeds)
- ½ cups Finely Chopped Pecans
- ¼ cups Roughly Chopped Almonds
- 8 ounces, weight Milk Chocolate Or Chocolate Almond Bark, Melted (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a bowl, toss the oats with the canola oil, melted butter and salt. Spread the mixture out on 2 baking sheets and toast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, shaking the pan twice and making sure they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).
- In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, apple juice and molasses. Heat the mixture slowly, stirring until all combined. Stir in the vanilla.
- Toss together the toasted oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, pecans and almonds. Pour in the sugar mixture, stirring as you pour. Toss to combine; it will be sticky!
- Press into 1 baking sheet (thoroughly greased with butter, or line pan with foil and grease foil) and bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut pieces with a sharp knife and remove from the pan.
- Dip the cooled granola bars straight into the melted chocolate so that the top is plain and the bottom is chocolate-covered. Set on parchment until set, sticking in the fridge to hasten this along if necessary.