These delicious chewy homemade chocolate granola bars are great for breakfast or as a healthy snack. The recipe is vegan (dairy-free), gluten-free, refined sugar-free, oil-free, and can be made nut-free!
You can watch the video in the post for visual instructions.I recommend measuring the ingredients in grams on a kitchen scale.
Process all the ingredients for the granola layer in a food processor.
Line a 6x9 inch or 7x7 inch pan with parchment paper and press the dough into the pan. Use your hands or a jar to compress the granola layer. Set aside and preheat oven to 360 degrees Fahrenheit (ca. 180 °C).
For the chocolate layer, simply process all ingredients in your food processor until the mixture is creamy. Depending on your food processor it might take a couple of minutes. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the food processor a few times.
Taste it! If you want it sweeter, feel free to add your favorite sweetener. Spoon the chocolate cream onto the granola layer and smooth it evenly with a spatula.
Bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes (25 minutes if you use a larger pan and 30 minutes for a smaller pan). Decorate with more granola, then let cool completely.
Finally, cut into bars. You can also drizzle your favorite nut butter on top if you like. Enjoy!
Use your favorite nut butter (for example peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc.).
You could use applesauce instead of banana, however, I had the best result with banana.
The dates should be soft and juicy. If they are rather dry, soak in hot water until softened. Then discard the water.
Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
You can also freeze the bars for up to 2 months. Let them thaw completely before serving.
Recipe serves 12. Nutrition facts are for one serving.
Chocolate Granola Bars
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.