Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Granola Bars
These yummy, vegan chocolate chip chia seed bars are easy to make with just a handful of basic ingredients.
- Dietary features: vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, can be nut-free
- quick and easy: 1 bowl, no-bake, no blending, just 6 ingredients
- oats – I suggest quick oats because they help the bars hold together better, if you only have rolled oats that’s ok…or you can give them a quick pulse in a food processor to slightly break them down closer to a quick oat consistency
- peanut butter – use natural peanut butter, sub with almond butter if needed or for nut-free bars, use sunflower seed butter
- chocolate chips – I like Enjoy Life and Camino brands, you can use Lily’s for a sugar-free option or chopped dark chocolate for a lower-sugar option
- coconut oil – this is essential to the recipe and can’t be substituted, if you’re looking for an oil-free bar, browse all energy bars here (most don’t use oil)
- maple syrup – can be subbed with agave but I like the consistency and flavour of maple syrup here best
- chia seeds – for crunch, binding, texture and nutrition!
Step by Step Method
Step 1. Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and use a spoon to mix until it’s uniformly combined into a crumbly dough.
Step 2. Line a 7-8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper so the edges of the paper stick out over the sides of the pan.
Firmly press the dough into the pan, taking a few minutes to really work it into the corners and get it nice and flat. This will ensure they hold together well
Place the entire pan in the freezer for at least 30 minutes then use the parchment paper to lift out the pan. Slice and enjoy!
Notes and Tips
- Storing: These need to be kept cold to hold together properly. They’re okay at room temperature for a while but as the coconut oil starts to melt they won’t hold together very well, it will stay in bar form but be a little crumbly as you eat it. They’re absolutely awesome straight from the fridge, so stick to that for best results!
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- Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix well until thoroughly combined into a crumbly dough.
- Line a 7-8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper so the edges stick out over the sides of the pan and then firmly press the mixture into the pan. Spend a few minutes really pressing it in there, this will help them hold together properly once they’re done.
- Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to firm.
- Cut into 10 bars.
Please note these need to be kept cold to hold together properly. They’re okay at room temperature for a while but as the coconut oil starts to melt they won’t hold together as well. They’re absolutely awesome straight from the fridge, so stick to that for best results! They will keep in a well-sealed container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 281
- Sugar: 13 g
- Sodium: 57 mg
- Fat: 17 g
- Carbohydrates: 28 g
- Fiber: 4.5 g
- Protein: 6.5 g
Keywords: chia seed bars, chocolate chip granola bars