Healthy Kid Friendly Dark Chocolate Chip
Homemade granola bars, who has the time?
Ok I’m not trying to be “super healthy mommy” here. Never do I shy away from a snack bag filled to the brim with Cheddar-Blast Goldfish, it is a food group around these parts.
But every now and then I have a mini freak out thinking about how I love to cook and should probably be making homemade confections for my darling children. Don’t they deserve delicious oatmeal and coconut oil creations for their tiny bodies?
Before you gag, know the recipe I’m about to share takes exactly 30 minutes from start to finish, and that includes 22 minutes of baking time. Kids like them because they have chocolate chips, parents like them because they have healthy stuff. Be that mom who pulls a Tupperware container full of homemade goodness out of your diaper bag, impress your friends with your homemaker-ness. These delicious bars have been proven to actually cancel out whole handfuls of goldfish with whole wheat flour and applesauce sweetener, I swear.
Ethan LOVES these bars, announcing the other day, “Mom, these bars wouldn’t really be that good without the chocolate chips, but with the chocolate chips they are REALLY good.” Sweet. Have another one.
So after many trials, reducing oil and sugar, testing on my friends (and their children), I’ve got a treat to share that will please kids and parents alike for on-the-go snacking pleasure. I always use my favorite chocolate, Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips, which are a treat in and of themselves.
Try them and tell me what you think!
Healthy Kid Friendly Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
Adapted from a recipe by Halfbakedharvest.com
Get a printer-friendly version here
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup applesauce
1 cup whole wheat flour
2.5 cups old fashioned oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup dark chocolate chips, preferably Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips, divided
**For an extra fun candy crunch sub M&Ms for the chocolate chips!
Preheat oven to 350 and grease or line with foil a 9 x 13 baking dish. Mix all ingredients but chocolate chips in your stand mixer. Just throw them all in together and stir. Add 3/4 cup chocolate chips and mix 20 seconds more. Spread evenly in pan, sprinkling remaining chocolate chips on top, and bake for 20 min, then check. If they are “jiggly”, give ’em another minute or two. Mine usually take exactly 22 minutes. You may be tempted to dig in, but these taste best when completely cooled. I keep mine in an airtight container for up to five days…though they probably won’t last that long.
Makes 12 good sized square bars, 285 calories each. (I like to make mine smaller, getting 24 snack size bars out of a batch.)