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hangry chocolate chip granola bars.
I’m.hangry. and slow to process...I am irritable – that I know. It won’t get better until I do something about it, but I feel sluggish. I’ll need to be resourceful. I think I’ll bake.
I'm feeling...
something that's the epitome of ‘resourceful’ and so uses the things I already have,
something that’s quick to make,
something that’s crammed with deliciously sweet mix-ins,
something that tastes good on the go (think pleasantly gooey with a little bit of crispiness, and a light chocolatey sweet)...
  • I’m hangry
  • I’ll bake
  • Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
  • Gooey, Crispy, Chocolate
  • Sweet
These granola bars are there for you when you’re hungry and they hold up well on-the-go. When there’s a lot to do and (you think) there’s no time, especially for hunger, think (of these) granola bars.
chocolate chip granola bars.
Print Recipe
Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 5 minutes, Chill time: 2 hours
Makes: 10 bars
  • 2 ½ cup (236 g) rolled oats, divided
  • 1 ½ cup (54 g) rice krispies
  • ½ cup (110 g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus extra for sprinkling
  • ¼ cup + 3 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup (56 g) salted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp (24 g) brown sugar
Call it in – it’s time to get moving on this...
Line an 8x8 square dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
Process half a cup of the oats (this will help the granola bars stick together) into a coarse grind.
In a medium bowl, pour in the processed oats, the rest (two cups) of the untouched oats and the puffed rice. Stir together then set aside.
Not bad! We’re getting there...
In a medium pot, set over medium heat, melt the sugar until caramelized, 2-3 minutes. Mix in the butter until fully melted. Add the honey and stir well. Turn off the heat.
Stir the oats mixture into the pot until well coated.
It smells so good. I probably won’t wait long to eat it...
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Pour the oat mixture into the lined dish, pressing it firmly into the tray.
You can eat it at this point – it’ll be extra gooey but it’ll be super delicious, so use a spoon, or your hands!
Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top and gently press them lightly into the granola bars.
Refrigerate for 2 hours until set. (Note: when eaten directly out of the fridge the bars will be crispy. If after it’s set, it’s left out at room temperature it’ll be a little more on the gooey side, but it’ll still hold together nicely.)
Remove the granola from the tray and cut into bars.
These granola bars are the not-too-sweet iteration of the childhood favourite - which not only tastes good but also helps you stay on your feet. Remember, no one likes being hangry*!
*It’s probably best to avoid becoming hangry by listening to your body and eating when you’re hungry. Make these granola bars (or literally anything else) ahead of time and they will keep in the fridge or the freezer when you need them.
hangry chocolate chip granola bars.
hangry chocolate chip granola bars.
(Recipe and Photos courtesy of Emotional Baking©)
Feel. Bake. Better.
It’s not just about baking something to get you through the day.
It’s not about eating the whole tray to feel better.
It’s about getting lost in the process.
It’s about enjoying every moment.
It’s about sharing it with people that support and care about you.
Baking can be a lot of things – it can be distracting but simple, it can be movement with focus, it can be whatever you need when you need it. Choose a recipe to fit the mood and it becomes a useful tool as well – baking to quiet the mind, to connect with your emotions, or simply baking to feel emotional. Just think of the feelings you get and the emotions you experience when baking your favourite dessert…. excitement, relief, fulfillment, joy, accomplishment.
At Emotional Baking, our recipes can be the starting point to somewhere - it can lead you to a place of great comfort, one that feels like the beginning of something, something good...
A note for anyone who needs it:
Baking, while wonderful, can only help so much...
If you’re struggling in any way,
If you feel alone or you need help,
Contact your primary care physician or follow the links below to find help in your area. You are never alone!
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