The perfect granola bar does exist. These chewy, seedy granola bars make for a perfect on-the-run breakfast or midday snack. The bars are loaded with heart-healthy fats with just the right amount of sweetness. Gone are the days where you need to spend time searching the grocery store isle for a granola bar that isn’t loaded with 30+ grams of sugar. I recommend making a batch of these at the beginning of the week to use as needed for the days ahead. These bars will remain good at room temperature for a week or you can individually wrap and freeze them for later use. These chewy, seedy granola bars make for a great New Years Day bake!
Lets sum this up, a nutrient-rich breakfast or midday snack that is:
- Minimal ingredients and easy to make
- Full of heart healthy omega-3 fats and protein
- The perfect combination of chewy, chocolate goodness
For other ways to use rolled oats check out these breakfast cookies !
To make this recipe vegan, use vegan chocolate chips such as these here.
Chewy, Seedy Granola Bar
- 11- x 7-inch pan
- parchment paper
- large bowl
- medium saucepan
- wire rack
- 3½ cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ⅓ cup cacao nibs
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- ⅔ cup brown rice syrup
- ⅔ cup tahini
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 11- x 7-inch pan with olive oil. Line the pan with parchment paper and rub more olive oil onto parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, sea salt, cacao nibs, and chia seeds. Mix everything to distribute ingredients evenly.
- In a medium saucepan, combine tahini, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, olive oil, and vanilla. Place on medium heat. Stir mixture constantly with a spatula. Do not let the mixture simmer or boil, heat it until the mixture is more fluid with all ingredients blended.
- Pour the saucepan mixture over the oats and seeds. Stir the granola bar mixture together until everything is combined.
- Press the granola bar mixture onto the prepared pan, evenly To prevent the mixture from sticking to your hand, cover your hand with a plastic bag or plastic wrap.
- Bake granola bars for 27 minutes. Cool the pan completely on a wire wrack before cutting into bars.
- In a medium sauce pan, bring 1 ½ inches of water to a simmer. Pour chocolate chips into a non-reactive bowl and set on top of saucepan. Stir chocolate until melted. Frizzle chocolate over cooled and cut granola bars. You can place bars in refrigerator to firm chocolate quickly.