When you’re craving something sweet, but don’t want to go hard on a box of cookies or some other unhealthy treat, make these healthy chocolate chip peanut butter bars.
This recipe, courtesy of natural foods chef Amanda Skrip, is packed with healthy fat and fiber, from better-for-you ingredients like oat flour, flax and coconut oil. Amanda notes that these granola bars are kid friendly, and can easily be made vegan, gluten free or dairy free by swapping out a few ingredients.
We love these bars as a mid-afternoon snack. Wrap individual bars in parchment paper and store in the fridge so you have a healthy treat that you can throw in your gym bag, store in your car or keep at your desk.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Granola Bars
1 ½ cups rolled oats*
½ cup oat flour*
¼ cup ground flax
½ cups coconut sugar
½ cup roasted unsalted peanuts, chopped
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup dried currants
½ cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup coconut oil, liquified (can substitute grapeseed oil or melted butter)
¼ cup pure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 325. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease parchment paper.
Add oats, flour, flax, coconut sugar, peanuts, salt, and cinnamon to food processor; pulse 5-7 times until well combined. Add to a large bowl along with currants and chocolate chips. In a smaller bowl, whisk together peanut butter, oil or butter, and honey. Pour liquid ingredients into the dry bowl and stir until combined and crumbly.
Press mixture into pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the edges brown. Let cool for 30-60 minutes. This step is important to make sure your bars aren’t crumbly.
Carefully lift bars from pan with parchment paper, and cut with a serrated knife.
*Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats/oat flour if you have a sensitivity.