Easy to make No Bake Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars full of coconut, macadamia nuts and almonds can be whipped up in minutes for a healthy and delicious snack.
These granola bars are so good and full of healthy ingredients you won’t feel guilty when you can’t stop eating them. Versatile and easily customized to whatever you have available, they will quickly become a snack time staple.
Granola and I have a long history. I’m in love with it. It’s always there for me when I need it.
Seriously. I have depended on granola to comfort my aching belly throughout all my pregnancies.
With my first, I woke up every morning to eat a huge bowl of granola. I never knew what hungry was until I was about 3 months into that pregnancy. Granola was the only thing that would fill the never ending void that was my stomach.
With my second, I woke up in the middle of the night every night to eat a huge Costco brand granola energy bar and a glass of Carnation Instant Breakfast, then woke up in the morning to eat a bowl of granola.
Are you seeing a trend here?
The method is simple, just choose a good quality oatmeal, now is not the time for quick cook oats (I prefer Snoqualmie Falls Lodge Oatmeal). Choose any mix ins your heart desires – coconut, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc. and cover it all with a sticky syrup. Mine is made from butter, brown sugar almond butter and honey but you can play around with ghee, coconut oil, etc. Once everything is combined place in a parchment paper lined pan and push down with all your muscles. Really, push as hard as you can. This pressure makes for a nice chewy granola bar that stays together rather than crumble.
Topped with a thick layer of chocolate ganache this is a snack that easily doubles as a dessert to satisfy any late night (or mid morning) sweets cravings.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup macadamia nuts
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup mixed nuts and coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 13x9 inch baking pan with greased parchment paper or tin foil leaving an overhang on all four sides.
- Place rolled oats, coconut and nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until golden, about 5 minutes then transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- Meanwhile, combine butter, almond butter, honey, brown sugar and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until smooth. Remove from pan and add vanilla.
- Combine with dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Using back of measuring cup press firmly working inwards from edges. After evenly pressed use greased hands to press again to ensure mixture is evenly packed.
- Meanwhile, prepare chocolate ganache topping and pour over granola bars. Top with chopped nuts and coconut.
- Cover and transfer to refrigerator to chill at least 2 hours.
- Remove from pan, cut in desired sizes and serve.
Chocolate Ganache Topping
- In a small saucepan over medium heat bring cream to a simmer.
- Pour over chocolate chips and let sit until soft, at least 5 minutes.
- Stir until smooth.
I love that these granola bars can be made with any combination of ingredients and can’t wait to try out more flavors. I also think I need to double the batch size, because honestly, I ate the whole batch myself in one day.