Super Healthy & Tasty Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

Happy Friday!

I hope you all have fun plans this weekend, or relaxing onesΒ at least. I am having my parents over for dinner tonight to celebrate my mom’s birthday. This has been the month of birthdays…Kyle’s, Becca’s, my brother’s, my mom’s, her twin sister’s…& I’m probably forgetting a few more. *Fun fact about my mom and her twin sister* They were born on different days! My aunt’s birthday is August 24th and my mom’s birthday is the 25th.Β I guess that saved my grandma from distributing her attention evenly on the birthdays.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsΒ Anyways…I decided to make my momΒ super healthy & super tasty dark chocolate granola bars. These granola bars are filled with so many healthy ingredients and they taste amazing! It’s the perfect way to get your protein, healthy fats, vitamins and other important nutrients into your diet, the delicious way.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola bars
INGREDIENTS: 3 Cups Oats, 1/4Β Cup Chia Seeds, 1/3 Cup Sliced Almonds, 1/3 Cup Hemp Seeds, 1/4 Cup Ground Flaxseeds, 1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds, 1/2 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon, 3 Packets Stevia, 1/4 Cup Butter (I used MELT, vegan option) 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, 1/2 Cup Honey (save some for the top coat drizzle), 8 Ounces Dark Chocolate Chips, 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt, 1 Teaspoon Almond Extract, 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsAdd the cinnamon, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, stevia, oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and almonds to a large mixing bowl.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsHeat oven to 290 degrees. Grease a baking sheet or parchment paper.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsAdd coconut oil and butter (MELT) to a microwave safe dish and heat for 30 seconds, or until melted.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsStir in the vanilla, honey, and almond extract.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsMix the butter and honey mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsStir in the dark chocolate chips.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsYou can add all kinds of fun ingredients to the granola bars. Add in dried fruit, mixed nuts, white chocolate chips, or peanut butter!super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsAdd the granola to the baking sheet and spread it out evenly.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsDrizzle honey over the top of the granola bars and place in the oven for 30 minutes.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsKeep an eye on the granola bars and as soon as the edges are SLIGHTLY golden, take them out and let them cool for about an hour or two!super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsOnce the bars are cool, slice them with a pizza cutter.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsThe bars make twenty 1/2 inch thick granola bars.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsI love that these are chewy in the centers and crunchy along the edges.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola bars Β super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsHe was being so cute while I was making these!super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola bars super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola bars super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola bars
These are perfect for hiking, a gift, for breakfast on the go, or a late night snack.super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsThey are so good with coffee, crumbled over yogurt, or dipped in almond milk. If you have guest coming over, or want to bring healthy treats (that taste good) to a friend…these are it!super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola bars Β super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola bars super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola bars

SUPER HEALTHY & SUPER TASTY DARK CHOCOLATE GRANOLA BARS

INGREDIENTS

3 Cups Oats
1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
1/3 Cup Sliced Almonds
1/3 Cup Hemp Seeds
1/4 Cup Ground Flaxseeds
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds
1/2 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
3 Packets Stevia

1/4 Cup Butter (I used MELT, vegan option)
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil,
1/2 Cup Honey (save some for the top coat drizzle)
8 Ounces Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add the cinnamon, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, stevia, oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and almonds to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Heat oven to 290 degrees. Grease a baking sheet or parchment paper.
  3. Add coconut oil and butter (MELT) to a microwave safe dish and heat for 30 seconds, or until melted.
  4. Stir in the vanilla, honey, and almond extract.
  5. Mix the butter and honey mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients.
  6. Stir in the dark chocolate chips.
  7. Add the granola to the baking sheet and spread it out evenly.
  8. Drizzle honey over the top of the granola bars and place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  9. Keep an eye on the granola bars and as soon as the edges are SLIGHTLY golden, take them out and let them cool for about an hour or two!
  10. Once the bars are cool, slice them with a pizza cutter. (MAKES 20 BARS)

super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola bars super healthy, super tasty, dark chocolate oat granola barsMy next granola bar creation is gong to be a white chocolate macadamia nut flavor!

Questions for you!

  1. What is your favorite brand of granola bar?
  2. What month do you celebrate the most birthdays?
  3. Are you ready for fall yet?

Comments

  • Carly

    These look delicious! I will surely be making a trip to the store for the ingredients so I can make them soon!

    I love lara bars and I grew up with cliff bars so they always take me back to outdoor childhood adventures.

    I celebrate most birthdays in the last half of march/early april (does that count as a month? ha). My husbands and best friends birthday are on the same day and my other friends birthday is a couple weeks later! My mom is a similar birthday situation as yours, her birthday is the 2nd her brothers is the 3rd… and her mom’s is the 1st and her dad’s the 5th… instead of a birthday month they have just a week of crazy! ha!

    As much as I love summer, I AM ready for fall! This summer has been much more hot and humid and its making me miss crisp fall days! Also anything pumpkin always makes me excited for fall! I can’t wait to find pumpkin cheerios!!

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  • Jenny

    1. Larabars when I’m not making my own homemade bars.

    2. They are mostly spread through the summer months. I don’t do a very good job at doing special things for my friends and family member like you do.

    3. I am so ready for fall! I spent the last two weeks on the Mediterranean and it was super hot and humid so I was very thankful to come home to early fall weather. Fall is my favorite!

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  • Amanda @ Positively Amanda

    Yum! These look incredible πŸ™‚

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  • Imogen

    These look amazing! Even better with dark chocolate melted over the top! Can’t wait for the white chocolate version. Do you find that these are sweet like regular granola bars, because whenever I make my own they taste bland in comparison, although maybe its just my taste buds are used to sweet things :p

    Would have to be June! ALthough one of them is mine so I dont mind πŸ™‚

    I am so looking forward to fall, particularly because I have bought new clothes that I want to wear when the weather is cooler. It’s my favourite time of year, and the weather has been so warm here that it would be nice to have cooler days!

    Reply to Imogen
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you!!

      Dark chocolate on top would be so good! These are pretty sweet. I added a lot of honey and some stevia packets! The dark chocolate chips adds a lot!

      I feel like fall may come sooner here:) It’s been nice at night and I’m getting in the mood! I want to wear the fall fashions too!

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  • Ally

    THESE WERE FANTASTIC!

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  • Becky

    This is the month of birthdays for me too! My fiance’s, my best friend’s, my aunt’s, and my mom’s all fall between August 20-29. It’s a fun (but expensive) couple of weeks!

    I have mixed feelings about the end of summer and the beginning of fall this time of year. I’m always sad to see summer go because it’s such a fun and laid back time of the year and here in New England I know I have a very long and cold winter to get through before it’ll be back, but I also LOVE fall! I’m so excited for football (I just drafted my first ever fantasy football team!), apple picking, baking with my apples, boots and cooler weather.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Tons of birthdays. I always have to budget for august lol

      You have beautiful summer weather in New England! I feel like the weather is perfect in fall for us down south. 68-80 degrees is the norm. I’m ready for football season too!

      I can’t wait to go the pumpkin patches and apple picking this year!

      xo

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  • Emily Weir

    I love making my own bars but sometimes I feel like they take SO much work! These remind me of Kind bars though, which are my favorite. For birthdays, in my group we start in March with my husband and end in May with me, celebrating over 20 birthdays of friends and family members in between. It gets very expensive and I’m always ready for a break from birthday cake by the time my own birthday comes around. As for fall, I’ve been ready for a few weeks. We have had some miserably hot weather in Florida and I’m ready for a change.

    Reply to Emily Weir
    • Taralynn McNitt

      They can be, but these were super fun to do! The ones with the food processors always take a lot! 20 BIRTHDAYS! WOAH. I feel ya on that hot weather πŸ™

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  • Dana

    My daughter and I made these over the weekend. She had four of them for breakfast this morning and wanted to pack some for lunch. She has always been a picky eater too. Thank you for this recipe Taralynn! I cannot wait to try others. I’m looking out for your meatloaf recipe.

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  • Rachel

    1/8 a tablespoon? Or teaspoon? Thought it was a typo but you put it twice..

    Reply to Rachel
  • Ashley

    Aww, Grumples looks so cute in that picture! These granola bars look super yummy!

    1. I love Nature Valley — they are always tasty.
    2. July, for sure (including my own!).
    3. I am getting excited! I love everything pumpkin spice, and getting all of my fall decorations out, a little cooler weather, etc. πŸ™‚

    Reply to Ashley
    • Taralynn McNitt

      He’s the best! πŸ™‚

      1. MMMMMM Had one for breakfast this morning while I was locked out of the house…(whoops)

      2. Happy belated!

      3. ME TOOOOOO

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  • Katrina

    hi taralynn! You seem to adjust to obstacles and life changes so positively and quickly so I was hoping you could offer advice .

    I just moved to new city and am having a hard time finding places to make friends my age. My coworkers consist of older adults (I’m 22) and am wondering the advice you have to make friends when you don’t know ANYONE! I work out a lot at the gym but am not as good at playing sports which makes me hesitant to join a league. Any ways, how do you meet people and form friendships when you move?! Maybe something from your experiences will resonate with me!

    Reply to Katrina
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Katrina!

      Moving can be hard and making friends can seem like something that’ll never happen. I’ve been to many places where I didn’t meet ANYTHING. You just have to put yourself out there and be very outgoing. Join running clubs, meet ups for things you enjoy doing, maybe (if you live at the apartment) hang out at the pool to meet people, and just go out and explore. Making friends will happen overtime. Start going to yoga classes at them gym or other classes where you can meet people too!

      XO

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    I celebrate the most birthdays in January! One for my sister and one for my father, but in December there’s also my little brother and not to mention the entire season is festive and holiday-esque already!

    Reply to Linda @ the Fitty
  • Arly

    Ahhhh!!! For some reason, my comment wouldn’t post. It was quite a lengthy one too! Too keep it short — you, your blog, your journey are INCREDIBLY inspiring. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore your blog. It’s my first time commenting (I’ve always been scared to for some weird reason) — but I just have to let you know how much this blog has helped me (currently struggling through body image issues, etc), made me laugh, root for you, cheer for you, etc! πŸ™‚

    Reply to Arly
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Arly! NEVER be afraid to comment! & thank you so much! That means everything to me! ox xo xo Keep your head up and keep being awesome! xo

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  • Arly

    I will start off by answering your 3 questions of the day:

    1) Favorite granola bar…hmmm…does the Kids Clif Bar (Z Bar) count? LOL. I know it’s not really a granola bar, but I haven’t had one in a looonng while. My mom does make a great energy bar though, chock full of dried apricots, cranberries and raisins. πŸ™‚

    2) January seems to be birthday month for me (mom, brother in law, half of my friends…sheesh…I guess I really love Capricorns LOL).

    3) Not ready for fall at all…in fact, I kinda don’t want summer to end! πŸ™‚ But I am excited to finally wear cute boots and fall color nail polishes (I love a good oxblood and cherry red).

    Now, I just want to say, this is the first comment I’ve left on your blog! I’ve been following your blog for a looonnnggg time but have always been so shy to leave comments. Your journey has been so incredibly inspiring (especially your posts on self-acceptance and loving your body…something I’m struggling with at the moment). You’ve come such a long way; please know you have supporters/fans/blog followers that are rooting for you every step of the way. πŸ™‚ I can’t even put into words how much I adore your blog!

    Reply to Arly
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Arly!

      Yes those count for sure!Your mom’s bars sound delicious.

      I’m an Aquarius January baby !:)

      I’m like that too. I’m LOVING the summer, but excited for fall festivities. It’s so hot here during the fall so it kind of stinks! I can’t bring out the boots until late october!

      Thank you for commenting and please never be shy to leave comments. They make my day & I love chatting with everyone. Your comment was the sweetest and it means so much to me! Thank you so much for the support! xoxoxoxo

      Taralynn

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      • Arly

        I’m so surprised my comments went through! πŸ™‚ (For some reason, it didn’t look like it got processed by my MacBook). Thank you for your sweet supportive words! You are simply the best and can’t wait to see your new posts and recipes! πŸ˜€

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  • Lauren @ Following the Path of Life

    Oooo…these look so yummy! Any bread or trail bar with tons of seeds is delicious…. I should definitely try making granola bars for when we go camping.

    1) Nature Valley Honey ‘N’ Oats bars. They’re pretty much one of the only granola bars that don’t give me headaches.

    2) Now that I’m married, I think August will be the birthday month because my mom’s birthday is in August and my husband has several family members with birthdays in August. However, my husband Alexander and I both have birthdays in the latter half of December!!!

    3) YES!!! And pumpkins and orange leaves and harvest scents and fresh veggies and cool afternoon runs and pumpkin spice and mugs of tea…. Hello Autumn!

    Reply to Lauren @ Following the Path of Life
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Lauren!!

      These are perfect for camping! No dairy or anything that can go bad! (you may want to keep them cool so the chocolate chips don’t melt or replace them with something else)

      1. YES I love those!
      2. August is definitely the month of births!
      3. OMG YES!!! I’m so excited for cooler afternoon runs.

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  • Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I love Larabars! These look really good too–i want to make my own more often to save money. I celebrate a lot of birthdays in December plus Christmas–so December is always a whirlwind!

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  • Jen H.

    1. I am a tried and true LARABAR fan!!! They are so so delicious!! I eat one every single day. No joke, every day! When I did Whole30 I was introduced to them and boy am I glad. TRY ONE! My favorite are peanut butter chocolate chip and cookie dough πŸ™‚

    2. Hmmm…this is a good question. I would say July. Not only is it my birthday but my dad, cousin, uncle, and friend’s.

    3. I am BEYOND ready for fall. I am happy to admit I have already started drinking pumpkin coffee as of this past Monday! I need cooler fall weather, apple cider, and of course, your PUMPKIN BARS! I cannot wait to make your recipe πŸ™‚

    Happy friday!

    Reply to Jen H.
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Love Larabar too! Those are my two favorites as well. I like to freeze them!

      I feel like the summer is filled with birthdays!

      I am so ready for fall too! The only fall-ish things I’ve done is eat pumpkin spice cheerios and buy a pumpkin spice candle! Its SO HOT here until October so it’s so hard! πŸ™ I feel a slight breeze and I’m excited. Love making pumpkin bars!

      xo xo

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  • Tara

    I love homemade granola bars!! I can’t wait to try these! All of my family’s birthdays are right together. Ours isn’t so much a single month, but a season! They start in June (with mine!) and then we celebrate birthdays for every member of my family (except my husbands) each month until October!

    Reply to Tara
    • Taralynn McNitt

      We are kind of like that too (minus me.) My parents and brother’s are in August/September and I’m floating all the way in January!

      I hope you enjoy the granola bars!

      Have a great weekend! xo

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  • Bethany @LuluRuns

    Those look delicious!! I’ll have to try them out πŸ™‚

    I seriously cannot wait for fall. On my run this morning, the weather felt fall like and I was super happy about that. It’s coming!!

    Reply to Bethany @LuluRuns
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Bethany!

      SO jealous of your weather! It’s going to be in the upper 90’s here this weekend πŸ™ It’ll be like this for a while! We get late falls.

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  • Emily B

    Yum! So gotta try these!
    My favorite brand of granola bars Aren’t really granola bars but protein bars. I love Oatmega bars. They taste amazing, the ingredients list is pretty clean and they only have 5g of sugar. Best bars I’ve found.
    March, May, July, & December are our busiest birthday months!
    I’m kinda ready for fall but kinda not. I had such a busy summer that I felt like it was kind of non existent.

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  • Stacy

    August is the month for birthdays for me too lol! I have 4 friends that have birthdays in the beginning of August. Mine is also on the 24 and my mom’s is the 31st. I’m very much ready for fall. My best friend and I are actually “fall” shopping tomorrow. We will be stocking up on all the fall candles and decor. Hope you have a great weekend! I can’t wait to try this granola recipe. Dark chocolate is my favorite!

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