Rich, Chocolatey, Sweet, and........Healthy!?
With all the Omega-3′s in the nuts, the antioxidants in the dark chocolate, the lauric acid in the coconut oil, and the fiber in the oats, this delicious little snack is jammed packed with nutrients. I make these all the time. For me, they are great sweet-tooth substitutes for cookies and cakes, for my husband, they are great breakfast re-placer’s when he is running late, and for my 2 year old, just the words “chocolate granola bar” makes him squeal with delight and serves as a great snack!
* 2 cups old-fashioned oats
* 1 cup of your favorite chopped nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews, etc)
* 1 cup shredded coconut
* 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
* 3 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
* 2/3 cup raw honey
* 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
* 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
* 1/4 teaspoon course sea salt
* 1/2 cup cocoa powder
* 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. And gently toast oats, nuts, and coconut on a baking sheet for 13 minutes.
Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and add wheat germ.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
Pour the coconut oil (or butter), honey, brown sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and pour over the toasted oat mixture. Let briefly cool, then add chocolate chips.
Pour the mixture into a greased baking pan. Press mixture firmly into pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 3 hours before cutting into bars, if you do not let them cool this long they will be crumbly. Serve and store at room temperature.