Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

A delicious and homemade granola bar that’s easy to whip together and chockfull of flavour!

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As another school year quickly approaches, I feel like I have to force myself to start thinking about everything school related. Like early bedtimes. Eating breakfast at a normal hour. Snacks. Lunches. You know, routine. I’ve been especially thinking about snacks and what I send to school for our little ones. My goal this school year is to send homemade snacks as often as I possibly can. We usually succeed with this as the kids love veggies or muffins for recess snack but I have to admit once springtime rolled around, the granola bars started appearing in our grocery cart. I’m not sure if we, as moms, just start getting tired come April or if the kids start getting tired of the snacks we send them, but all of a sudden we stop in the granola bar aisle and they start jumping into our cart!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I really dislike filling our grocery cart with a bunch of store-bought treats. These past couple of years I’ve really started to watch the ingredients in boxes and the food we eat in general. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I could do a lot better, but I am happy we’ve come a long ways. As I was reading the ingredients on a box of granola bars I actually ran out of breath as there were soo many!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

And then my auntie shows up on a family picnic with her homemade granola bars and I was hooked. No more bought ones for us! These are soo darn delicious, I promise you won’t be able to eat just one. Unless you have incredible self control! I love the chewy combination and it’s chockfull of flavor!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I’m planning on experimenting with the sugar and syrup in this recipe but thought I’d share it anyway! I’ll let you all know if I make a bit of a healthier version of these bars!!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup brown sugar
  2. 2/3 cup peanut butter
  3. 1/2 cup corn syrup
  4. 1/2 cup butter; softened
  5. 2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 1/2 cup coconut
  7. 1/2 cup raisins
  8. 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
  9. 1 cup chocolate chips
  10. 3 cups oats
  11. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  12. 1/3 cup flax
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add first 5 ingredients.
  3. Stir well until combined.
  4. Add remaining ingredients.
  5. Mix until well blended.
  6. Line a 9X13" baking pan and press granola into pan.
  7. Bake for 17-20 minutes.
  8. Cool and cut into bars.
Notes
  1. Freezes well.
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Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars After I cut the bars, I wrapped them individually in plastic and froze them. They were so handy to have all summer and just grab them from the freezer. Perfect for hikes, trips to the beach, and just for snacks!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Do you have any yummy ideas for school snacks? Let me know if you do; I’d love to try some new ones!

 

-Kendra

10 comments

  1. Heather M says:

    Oh wow! These look awesome! I’m so familiar with how the whole granola bar aisle ends up in my pantry some weeks….! Too funny! My brain is reeling with possibilities… Thanks girl!

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