Homemade Granola Bars Recipe | Chewy DIY Chocolate Granola Bars Recipe
Wow, its been a year since my last post! Life happened - literally and figuratively. We welcomed our daughter and now she joins the rest in taste testing my creations at Chefinyou. Though I was cooking all this while, with other commitments, blogging took a big backseat. But with this pandemic, my son and I have been spending a lot of time cooking/baking and he has been insisting that I restart my blog again. While I was grumbling and mumbling about how time consuming it was, the husband suggested making the process easier by spending less time on photo processing and keeping it simple - like using phone camera for instance! My first thought was "blasphemy!" But sleeping on it, the excitement of blogging again was more than the dislike for using phone camera. So here I am! :)
Homemade Granola Bars Recipe | Chewy DIY Chocolate Granola Bars Recipe
I am starting with these delicious Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, as a dedication to my son 'cos this was the first dish he made all by himself with very minimal help from me. Looking at him occupied with the process made me emotional. "Oh my! My baby is growing up. Where did the years go?" Out of the oven, he was ecstatic with the first bite. It was so good. He was so proud of himself. With very nutritious ingredients, this granola is a perfect balance of healthy and flavor. This very simple recipe is from "The High Protein Vegetarian Cookbook" and is a perfect indulgent "pick-me-up" snack during energy slump.
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  • Serves: 12
  • Yields: Makes 12 bars
  • 1-3/4 cups Old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup Whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3 tbsp ground Flaxseed
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup roasted salted Peanuts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin Coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup creamy Peanut Butter
  • 3 tbsp lightly packed Dark Brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp raw Honey
  • 1/2 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 Egg white
  • 2 tbsp mini semi-sweet Chocolate Chips (optional)
1. Grease an 8X8 inch Baking pan and line it with parchment. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350F.
Combine the first 6 ingredients in a bowl.
2. Melt the oil and peanut butter together in low heat. You can alternatively do it in a microwave for 15-20 seconds.
3. Once melted, stir in the sugar, honey and vanilla.
4. Pour this wet mixture into the oat mixture and stir until the dry ingredients are coated.
5. Touch this mix to make sure its not hot (cool it down if it is) before adding the egg white. Stir until evenly distributed.
6. Pour it inside the prepared baking dish and press it down firmly. You can use a spatula or another parchment/plastic wrap to press it down to the dish.
7. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and press them lightly into the oats.
8. Bake it for about 25-30 minutes until golden on the edges. Allow to cool before cutting into 12 bars.
This keeps well at room temperature in air tight container for a week. Longer than that, better refrigerated or if you the climate is hot/humid.
Homemade Granola Bars Recipe | Chewy DIY Chocolate Granola Bars Recipe

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By dominique on Dec 5, 2020

What is a substitute for whole wheat pastry flour?

By Pooja on May 27, 2020

Yummyyy!!! Amazing recipe .. I like chocolates a lot and this recipe suits my taste. Can't wait to try this out tonight. Thanks for sharing:)

By Shwetha on Apr 18, 2020

Welcome back! Happy to see you back to blogging!

Thank you so much :) --DK

By Cherry on Apr 13, 2020

Nice post! can't wait to try this out! As always really love the stories preceding the recipe :)

:D <3 --DK

By Anjali on Apr 13, 2020

Welcome back Pavani. Your son did well in convincing you. We don't need fancy photos, we can even do with insta updates on how life is in general. Look after yourself and take care of your little ones. Hoping to keep seeing you around here or on instagram :)

By Pavani on Apr 12, 2020

DK, it is so good to see you blog again. These granola bars look amazing - I will try these for my kids - so healthy and filling. Thanks to the little chef for this lovely recipe.

So glad to hear from you Pavani. You are going strong with your blogging I see. Can't wait to catch up with all our old crowd :) Hope to keep it at this time around. Fingers crossed! --DK