Regular homemade granola bars are so last month. Now we’re talking Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars. (Oh, yeah.)
I did a lot of baking last week. We don’t have a dishwasher, so this means washing lots of dishes by hand. Sometimes I feel like I wash dishes all day long, and stopping occasionally to dry them just feels like a waste of time. So I stack dishes next to the sink as high as I possibly can without them falling. I consider it a challenge to see how high I can get the stack without all of the dishes crashing to the floor. (Please note: I never, ever stack glass dishes. That would be bad.)
Anyway, the day I made these granola bars I had a lot of baking projects going on, and as I was washing and stacking the bowls I was thinking, “These granola bars had better be worth it”. Well, they are.
I like my original granola bars recipe a lot (you can get that here), but these granola bars are on a whole new level.
Generally, a combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a no-brainer. It just makes everything better.
Win. They’re even on the healthy side! Double win.
Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars
3 cups quick or rolled oats
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 Tbsp hemp seeds (optional, I like to add them for extra protein)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter)
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine oats, cocoa powder, hemp seeds, and salt. In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together honey, applesauce, egg, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and stir well. Stir in peanut butter and chocolate chips.
Press into a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish and bake 20-25 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Cut into bars.
~K in the Kitchen