Double Chocolate Granola-ish Bars

>> Thursday, May 27, 2010

These chocolate walnut oat bars (I need a better name, of course) are divine. They pack a one-two chocolate punch and a heck of a lot of protein (and other nutrition). And making them is as easy as pie! Actually, much easier! I ate a lot of great foods yesterday, but this bar was definitely my favorite of all.

And if you need to get caught up on the life my stomach's been leading lately, check out the life of my stomach day 1, day 2, and day 3.

What you'll need . . .
  • 3/4 cup steel cut oats, processed until powdery
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts, processed into meal
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 heaping tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 handfuls vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (or almond butter)

Method . . .
  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together your processed steel cut oats, walnut meal (just pulse each ingredient in a food processor for a bit), cocoa powder, and coconut flakes.
  3. Then, in the bowl of an electric mixer, add the honey (or maple syrup), coconut oil, and peanut butter.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Then lightly oil an 8x8 glass dish and pour your mixture in. Press into corners to distribute evenly.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Then remove from oven to let cool for 10 minutes. Slice into either 8 or 10 bars (8 bars equals 270 calories each, 10 bars equals around 210).
  7. Then up the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Put the dish back in the oven and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes -- until lightly browned. Let cool and then transfer to your refrigerator (this will help them stay together even more).
  8. Enjoy!

NOTE: Yeah. It's a weird baking process. I admit that. But I was inspired by the way biscotti is made.

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