December 12, 2017

Chocolate Granola Bars

Hello there,

I’m so happy you stopped by.  The chocolate granola bar recipe is below, but I wanted you to know that you can also find this recipe along with many others in my free eBook, Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars.  Here’s the link to get it for free.

Now about those chocolate granola bars.


I said chocolate.

And granola bars.

Two of my favorite foods, all wrapped up in one yummy little bar.


Happy snacking!

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  1. Those looks AAAAAAAAAAAAAAMAZING!! I’m going to have to go buy everything I need to make them 🙂 Thanks for the recipe cuz 😉

  2. Num! I think I have all those ingredients. Snack time!! 🙂

    ….and I’ll try not to flip out! LOL!

  3. These look really good!!! I can’t wait to make some!!

  4. I can’t wait to try these and they look so yummy without all of the corn syrup! Thanks for sharing!

  5. These do look great! My boys love granola bars so homemade ones would be so neat!
    I hope your boys are feeling better! I have 5, and they all just got over colds but the 3 youngest seem to be getting runny noses again!

  6. These were delicious! I used coconut oil instead of butter, cut down on the honey a bit and added in a handful of raisins. Absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  7. Be still my heart! Printing this for sure. *Slobber*

  8. Do you have a recommendation on how long they can store or how to extend it? These sound amazing but I am not a mom. I would make them for myself but don’t know if I’d eat them fast enough. I know I could make a smaller batch but I’d hate to have to remake them all the time just for myself…and they sound like a great idea when I finish teaching daily! I eat lunch so early and need something between then and dinner…

  9. I forgot to grab honey at the market… darn it all! Plus, it’s tricky to find “real” honey around here. Do you think I could add a little Karo syrup to what honey I have to make up the 1/3rd cup? Or should I trudge out in this wicked weather for honey?

    • Hmmm….I wouldn’t know about using Karo syrup…. I might try brown sugar or sucanat…. Let me know what works for ya!

      • I held off and went with honey. We found organic at Target, of all places. They’re great! I replaced the coconut with walnuts, though, because there are some picky people in this household.

  10. These are fantastic! I found them via Pinterest this week and just finished making the second batch in 3 days. So good!

  11. is the wheat germ necessary? I’m wheat free and hoping I could make these without it… what does it do, other then add some different vitamins etc?

    • I’ve been using flax seed meal instead of wheat germ. They are so good!

      • Oh, I love flaxseed meal too!!! Yum!!

        • Thanks for asking about this. I’m trying GF because I think it’s helping me lose weight better and I was going to ask if I could sustitute flaxseed or psyllium husks or something else for the wheat germ. Gotta have a satisfying snack, that’s made with real ingredients, though 🙂 Thanks!

  12. Is there anything I could sub for the wheat germ? Or could I just leave it out?

  13. Brandy, this looks AMAZING!! I just stumbled across your blog and am just loving reading. I love that you’re so focused on nutrition, even though you are so busy with 7 boys running around!!! I can’t wait to try making this. Do you think that eliminating the coconut would change the consistency and mess up the proportions? I hate to be a party pooper but I really just can’t stand to eat coconut.. ha. 🙂

  14. Made these they are great! The only thing I kept out the wheat germ since I didn’t have any (but added flax seeds in). My husband can’t eat coconut so I added brown rice cereal in it’s place. My only other suggestion is to eye the amount of wet ingredients, I had to add a little bit more granola/cereal because it was a little bit too wet and wasn’t setting properly. But they were awesome. I also used half of the choc chips in the heated ingredients and then waited until it cooled a bit before adding the other half of chips so that way there are some actual chips in the granola bar (not that my daughter complained that the first batch didn’t have chips… I just like the look of the chips in there… the first batch the chips all melted). Definitely a keeper.

  15. My girl has a life threatening peanut allergy. Could you recommend a non-nut substitute?

    • Linda,
      My son has LT peanut and tree nut allergies as well. I substitute Sunbutter (from sunflower seeds) and he loves it. You can buy it at Trader Joes (their store brand but watch for cross contamination) or online through Sunbutter’s website (their plant is nut free). You can also buy it at most Whole Foods or natural foods markets depending on where you live. My husband and I agree it tastes much better than peanut butter. Good luck!

  16. These sound awesome! Do you know how many calories in each bar?

    • I’m going to guess that the calorie count is not particularly low since it has the chocolate chips, honey, and peanut butter. I do think, however, that some of the calories and fats are worth it. Honey is good for your immune system, the peanut butter gives you a lot of protein, coconut has a lot of “good fats”, and the oats are like little nutrition bombs. If you wanted to get a close approximation, try using the recipe calculator on ( This way you can enter in exactly what you used so that you can get a good estimate.

      • Thanks I will do that. I plan on making them anyway, just want to count my calories while trying to lose some weight:)

        • I used the My Fitness Pal recipe calculator and if you cut them into 12 bars, the calories for each would be 226. I hope this helps.

  17. Rachelle R. says:

    You say to use chocolate chips. Do you mean semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips? I’m sure you might be able to use either but which do use you for this recipe? Thank you so much!!!

  18. I noticed that you indicated not to use quick oats. This may sound dumb, but is there a reason for this? I don’t eat oatmeal but my kids and DH do and all we usually have in the house is quick oats or instant.

  19. These are similar to ones I make. But I use coconut oil instead of butter (I will try them with butter next time). And no wheat germ. I like dried cranberries in mine but kids prefer choc chips. I also don’t use coconut. I add sesame seeds if I have them too sometimes. The problem I have is that they “melt” pretty quickly out of the fridge/freezer so I can’t pack them in lunches.

    • If you cook the “glue” (honey oil and pb-I prefer almond butter) together for 3 mins of gentle bubbling and mix the dry ingredients in after, (use a strong spoon!) then press it into the pan very thoroughly, you won’t need to refrigerate. It’s kind of like a toffee I suppose but makes a great muesli bar. I snap-lock bag mine.

  20. Thank you for the idea, sound great!
    I have too much cereal in my stockpile and thinking- is there any way to use it to make granola bars or at least cookies? Any suggestions will be appreciated!

  21. Sounds delicious,I’m gonna try these!

  22. deb dearie says:

    will honey from the grocery store not work? What’s the difference?

    • I’m sure any honey would work just fine. I get my local, raw, unfiltered honey from my Kroger or Sprouts. 🙂

  23. Do you think I could substitute coco powder somehow and eliminate the chocolate chips? I am trying to stay away from refined white sugar and flour and I think the chips are the only no no. I’m going to NEED chocolate soon and don’t want to blow it.

    Love your posts and ideas!

    • I made this today without the chocolate chips. I put 1 tablespoon of cocoa in the melted ingredients and they are delicious! This time I used almonds instead of coconut since I am out of unsweetened coconut. Looking forward to trying it with it next time.

  24. These are exactly like the granola bars from Heavenly Homemakers blog. They are very good. I have made them lots of times.

  25. I made these today and they’re delicious! One thing though…they’re quite sticky and fall apart easily even though I followed the recipe to a T. Any thoughts?

  26. I have made these and they are DELICIOUS, but I was just wondering if it’s right that something so good is actually good for me! haha…do you have any idea what the nutritional information is?

  27. I’m wheat free, too. I think I might sub flax seed meal for the wheat germ… why not? 😉 Can’t wait to make these!! 🙂

  28. I found these on pinterest. I made these the other night and smack dab while making them I realized that my little munchkins had eaten all of our chocolate chips. The only chocolate that I had was nutella. Works well, I’m sure the fat and calories were much higher.

  29. These were delicious! I didn’t have mini chocolate chips, so I used 1/4 cup semi sweet and 1/4 cup reeses peanut butter chips. I however wasn’t patient and they melted but still good! Also, did one tbl wheat germ, 1 tbl ground flaxseed. I think next time I’ll try dark chocolate chips and be patient about adding them till mixture is cooled (or try at least haha) and maybe some dried cranberries, maybe almonds too. Also tasted great before I even added the chips and coconut. Great base recipe for granola bars, thanks! 

  30. Hi! I saw these through the Money Saving Mom blog and had to try them. They have a great flavor but mine turned out a little crumbly, any suggestions?

    • Did you store them in fridge? I keep ours cold which keeps them a bit firmer. 😉

      • I put them into the fridge to cool and they were crumbly when I took them out to cut them. Maybe they weren’t in the fridge long enough…

        • Hmmmm….I haven’t had that happen. I’m curious now.

          • I used Trader Joe’s peanut butter that was in the fridge for a while. I did set it out on the counter to let it soften up. ButI did think to myself as I was putting in the peanut butter, this doesn’t seem as “wet” as the other natural peanut butters I’ve used in the past. I have some of the smuckers for the next batch, hopefully that turns a better result.

          • Ah!!! I think you’re on to something!

  31. Due to peanut allergies I’m going to sub in almond butter and because of pickiness I’m going to sub brown rice for the coconut. Thank you! I’m really excited to try these.

  32. Can I substitute steel cut oats for the rolled oats?

  33. This is my favorite recipe. I like them frozen 🙂 My sister likes them melted (from the microwave) They are a great snack to keep in the freezer. thanks for sharing

  34. Thanks so much for this recipe! I’ve made it three times so far; just like the recipe the first time with the chips melted in like your picture, the second time I subbed almond butter for peanut (really good!) and waited before adding the choc chips, and the third time I used half almond butter and half tahini and that was great too.

  35. I just made these and I can’t wait for them to come out of the fridge. They look delicious! Thanks 🙂

  36. I found your recipe on pinterest and thought it looked so yummy! I made a batch and was wondering how long it took to firm up in the fridge? Mine have been in there for about an hour and a half and it is still vey soft (starting to form, but was just curious how long your took). Thanks :).

    • Hmmm….I’m not sure how long since we’re pretty impatient around here about those….and tend to eat them anyway. 🙂 BUT, overnight, I know they get good and set…. :))

      • Ok, thanks :). I’m pretty impatient too and have already had a little taste, even though they are still very soft … and wow, they are delicious! My kids (I also have all boys :D) are going to LOVE them!!!

  37. Are the oats supposed to be cooked before adding to the recipe? There is no mention of cooking them first. Sounds like a silly question but????

  38. Hi, Brandy, I just wanted to let you know I’ve profiled your chocolate granola bars recipe over on my blog, . They look great. Can’t wait to try them!

  39. these look so good. Are they crunchy or chewy?

  40. Brandy,
    I can’t bring myself to eat coconut, and all your recipes have it! Can I substitute coconut shavings for extra oats to make the same consistency??

  41. Found you on Pinterest. I’m going to try these out for a treat for my three kiddos……but, aren’t these just a glorified no-bake cookie??? Hehe.

  42. do you have a recipe for crunchy granola bars?

  43. Just made these today and they are very delicious. Only sub. was flax for the wheat germ. Thanks for the recipe.

  44. Is it bad that I’ve made these three times already this week ?! My boys and I LOVE this recipe ! I used coconut oil instead of butter, and replaced half of the chocolate chips with dried cherries. SO good ! Thanks for inspiring me to make these yummy bars.

  45. These are just awesome! I wanted to make something a little more healthy but with chocolate in order to stay away from my daughter’s Easter candy 🙂 I used coconut oil and ground flaxseed in mine. Wonderful recipe and I can’t wait to try out more recipes on your blog. thanks!

  46. Isabella says:

    I LOVE your granola bar recipe. This is now our family favorite and both my husband and 6 year old daughter have them for quick breakfasts!

  47. They are yummy! My only problem is after 4 hours in the freezer they are still mushy. Not sure what I did wrong.

    • You might try adding more oats next time. But just so you know, they never get really firm. I leave mine in the fridge and pop them out when we’re ready to eat. 😉

  48. 8 boys! how wonderful. we have 4 here and one girl. we are expecting baby #6. I am going to try these for a dinner party dessert tonight

  49. I’ve made these twice now and they are delicious! We are vegan so I used agave instead of honey, flax instead of wheat germ, and since I didn’t have coconut I used almonds and rice cereal. Amazing!

  50. Cheryle says:

    I used butterscotch chips because that is what I had. They were great!

  51. I just made these the other day. Very easy to make!! I did find that they tasted too much like honey so I think the next time I make them I will cut back. And I have read some of the comments and will be adding some other ingredients to try as well! Thanks for sharing.

  52. I’ve never liked granola bars of any kind but my kids do. And since I’m always looking for home made alternatives, I was happy when I’ve stumbled over this recepe on Pinterest. Last night I’ve made my first batch and was so happy with the results that I had to make another one, only I’ve added a handfull of dried cranberies. So I let them in the fridge over night and I grabed 1 bar to “test it” at lunch. I cannot tell how delicious this is. It’s everything that the ones from store are not. I think my kids will have some serious competition :))). Thank you Brandy for this recepe… now I’m on a mission to try others that you have on your blog. Keep up the good work.

  53. Michele Quigley says:

    I love these granola bars just wondered if you have the nutritional facts on them?

    • I only calculated the calories in these granola bars and the count for the entire recipe is 2,640 cal. I cut them up into 10 bars so they are 264 calories each. I didn’t add any wheat germ and I added some extra oats—maybe 1/4 cup more than what the recipe called for.

      • I make something very similar…

        3/4 c. honey
        3/4 c. peanut butter
        3 c QUICK oats (I prefer the QUICK oats, but you can use either)

        Heat the honey, PB and oats and stir until combined. Press in to an 8×8 pan and cover. You can refrigerate or not.

  54. So delicious! I used almond butter, & flax seed due to allergies & they agree amazing!

  55. I also added flax seed and sliced almonds. Yum!

  56. I turned these into lactation bars by adding brewers yeast and flax seed. They turned out great!

  57. I have tried these twice and they are so soft and gooey — taste great but way too gooey. What am I doing wrong? I even tried adding more dry ingredients that second time.

  58. How long will these stay good?

  59. Katie Anderson says:

    I just made these and stuck them in the fridge to cool. I couldn’t stop licking my spoon and scraping the saucepan! Can’t wait to try the finished product!

  60. blessedwithlots says:

    Just came across your blog – 8 BOYS! Wow!!! I have 6 and my house is never quiet. Any tips on keeping toilets cleaned?! .. Just made these chocolate granola bars today and we LOVED them – I used dark chocolate and half steel cut oats, also added 4 T bran flakes. My kids didn’t even notice that I went all healthy on them. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  61. I made a batch of these last night… I put flax in instead of wheat germ and some sliced almonds instead of coconut and they are delicious! I’m glad I only packed myself one to bring with to work otherwise I might have eaten the whole pan! Thanks for the recipe!

  62. I made these a few weeks ago – they were kind of gooey (I only had quick oats on hand, so I think that’s why they were gooey?), but tasted really good. My teenage son brought them to school and his friends loved them and want me to make more! I added sliced almonds to mine, but will try experimenting with pistachios & dried fruit.

    • Store them in the fridge and eat cold. That may help. 🙂 I blame the chocolate! 😉

      • May I suggest instead of just melting the butter pb and honey, that you cook it slightly longer,(2-3 minutes of tiny bubbling) letting the sugar do the binding, when you mix it, use a strong spoon and press firmly into the pan, and you won’t have to refrigerate 🙂

  63. I just made my second batch of these. They’re so addictive!!!

    I swapped wheat germ for flax seed and added powdered chia seeds and a bit of vegan protein powder, and a sprinkle of cinnamon this time. Delicious! Thank you for this awesome recipe 🙂

  64. Marianne Ward says:

    I made these last week and they are great. I couldn’t find wheat germ so I substituted flax seed and I used dark chocolate in the amount specified in the recipe. I just chopped it up and added it to the warm bars so the chocolate would melt. Delicious. They are going to be a freezer staple. Thank you.

  65. These look healthy and wonderful!. Can’t wait to try them 🙂

  66. I just made these substituting more Oats for the Wheat germ since I didnt have any. They were so quick and easy to make. I cant wait to taste them! 🙂

  67. Anthony says:

    Was looking for a healthy granola bar for breakfast evert morning and I found it. I use dark chocolate cocoa instead of chocolate chips. That means no extra sugar and it tastes great. I also use natural peanut butter and unsweetened coconut. I also add in walnuts. After an hour or so, I cut them up and wrap them individually, then put them in the freezer.

  68. Is the wheat germ necessary? I mean, is it a binding agent or anything? I’m allergic, so I didn’t know if I needed a substitute for it or if I could just leave it out altogether. I also shouldn’t have butter… but I might risk that one. 😉

  69. Hi Brandy, Your first step says to melt the butter and the peanut butter over the stove, but the ingredient list doesn’t call for butter. Am I missing something? I’m guessing I just skip the butter, right?

  70. Does the coconut have to be in there?. Not a big fan and i dont have it on hand. Thanks!

    • Nah…You could just leave it out and fill in the rest with more oats. 🙂

    • Marianne ward says:

      I put the dry ingredients in my food processor and pulse for a few seconds so you don’t know the coconut is in there, but you could just omit it or add extra nuts. They’re delicious either way. Good luck.

  71. I just made these for the first time and they turned out really well! I added in some almonds as well. Someone above said they were a little strong on the honey flavor and I agree. I’ll be making these again, but going a little more to the PB side! Thanks for the recipe!

  72. Kristy says:

    I have a question about the recipe. It calls for 1 1/2 cups of oats. Then in the instructions it says to add the 1 cup of oats. So is it 1 cup or 1 1/2 cups? Can you clarify? These look too yummy to mess up! 🙂

  73. Melissa T says:

    I am just writing in to say thank you for posting this recipe. I decided to try this recipe out when I was making snacks for the Super Bowl this year. I wasn’t sure if anyone in my family would like it, but I figured I would at least eat them. I didn’t have any wheat germ or coconut, so I left those out, added a bit more oats, and also a handful of craisins. My older 2 kids don’t care too much for granola bars and tried to refuse these. I made them take 1 bite, and they were hooked! Whenever my 1 year old sees me eating these, she begs for her own. I literally have to hide these, otherwise my family will eat them within a couple days (even with making a double batch!)

  74. As soon as I eat a batch, I make another. Thanks for the recipe! I make one with the chocolate as the recipe calls but for my hubs who can’t eat choc, I use peanut butter and raisins. As much as I love choc, I’ve actually come to enjoy the Peanut butter and raisins even better. I didn’t think it would be that great but now I love it. It’s a great protein pick me up a snack. I have to admit it’s my breakfast many mornings. 🙂

  75. Stephanie says:

    Just made these, very yummy! Thank you the recipe – very easy to follow 🙂

  76. I made these as a snack for my toddler and myself. They are AMAZING!!! Basically a candy bar. Everybody needs these in their lives!!! Never buying quacker oats bars again.


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