Chewy Oat Granola Bars

Our son, Austin, is almost 2.  His food preferences are changing from liking softer textured fruits and veggies to him preferring crunchier fruits and veggies and more protein, like raw nuts and meat.  I tell you, just when a mom gets her food prep down to a pattern, it switches on her!  I had grown accustom to preparing hard boiled eggs, a little salmon, fresh fruit and blanched veggies for Austin week in and week out.  Now he’s asking for MORE food for his little growing body!  And I can see he’s able to handle more complex flavors and textures.  I am one excited foodie mama!  Finally a full fledged toddler to “test” recipes out on.  :)

To satiate Austin’s appetite between meals, I’ve started bringing protein bars with us.  Today’s recipe came from the want to add variety in taste and texture to our normal routine.  Plus, my mom always bought us those Quaker brand chewy chocolate chip granola bars when I was a kid.  It was time to attempt a whole food version of those bars, sans HFCS or sugar, so my son could enjoy the same experience.

Our other usual go-to protein bar recipes that we carry around are the Nut & Seed Bars, Loaded Chocolate Protein Bars, Cocoa-Nut Bites, and Homemade Bumble Bars.  He loves all of these, and has been enjoying these new healthy version of chewy chocolate chip granola bars!

Chewy Oat Granola Bars
Yields 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups organic rolled oats
  2. 1 cup raw nut butter or coconut butter
  3. 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  4. 6 scoops vanilla protein powder
  5. 2 Tbsp fresh ground flax seed
  6. 1 cup filtered water
  7. 3/4 cup 73+% dark chocolate chips
OPTIONAL ADD INS
  1. Cocoa powder
  2. Coconut flakes
  3. Dried fruit
  4. Freeze dried fruit
  5. Raw nuts/seeds
  6. Raw maple syrup or honey
  7. Stevia (to taste)
Instructions
  1. 1. Line a 9" x 13" pan with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. 2. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl of your stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix together on Medium speed until combined thoroughly.
  3. 3. Spread the mix into prepared dish, using a spatula to smooth out the surface. Lay another piece of unbleached parchment paper over top and press out any lumps. You can also press another 9" x 13" pan on top to create a perfectly flat top.
  4. 4. Freeze for 30 minutes. Cut into 12 large bars. Serve immediately or refrigerate the rest.
Notes
  1. You can also kneed together with your hands if you do not have a stand mixer.
  2. If using a stiff nut butter like coconut or almond, you may want to warm it slightly on the stove first. Not liquidy, just warmed.
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Written by Elise Schwartz
Elise Schwartz

Elise has been living a sugar-free natural lifestyle since 2008, after discovering her PCOS, infertility, and inability to lose weight were caused by toxicity in her food and daily life. She became a certified nutrition and body detox coach, and provides consultations to clients across the world. By living the principles she teaches, Elise proudly welcomed her son, Austin, into the world in 2011. She and her husband, Dr. Dave, own and operate a natural health clinic, Triad Health Center, in Greensboro, NC.

2 Comments

  1. Can you use organic natural peanut butter instead of the coconut butter? I’ve never used coconut butter before..I do use coconut oil..is the coconut butter better for you? Do you use it like regular butter?

    • Elise Schwartz

      Hi Sara! Coconut butter tastes similar to peanut butter and can be used in any way you would normally use a nut butter. It is better for you than peanut butter for a few different reasons. To keep it brief, coconuts are a superfood and peanuts are not. Coconuts have a good ratio of healthy fats, while peanuts have a not as good of a ratio. Also peanuts contain mold, simply due to how they are grown, and that’s the primary reason I recommend avoiding peanuts all together.

      All that being said, you can use peanut butter to make this recipe, but I feel coconut butter is a healthier choice. You could also use another nut butter, like almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter.

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