Super Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

This past weekend wasn’t just Thanksgiving but it was also my birthday! Now for some people I’m sure the thought of the double festivities would mean double the fun and all special attention. But actually it has now become pretty daunting for me.

No-Bake Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars No-Bake Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars Now what I mean by this is that sometimes things happen. The fact that it is both Thanksgiving and and your birthday makes you more fragile to certain unfortunate things that may occur like in relationships, family, your job and such.

The lesson I really got from my past experiences was that on my birthday I should be completely selfish. It should be a day about me and what I want to do. And more importantly to not depend on other people to bring you happiness on that day, because you can find all the happiness in yourself.

No-Bake Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars No-Bake Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
I don’t know if what I just wrote sounds completely narcissistic (and you know what it’s okay sometimes) but this year I really made sure that on my birthday I did and ate the things that I wanted.

I had a lovely custard berry cake and ate one of my favorite meals, this spaghetti with pesto and I even included some of the leftover rosemary and thyme in the mountain of herbs I usually put in this. But when it all came down to it, I really wanted to eat these chewy almond butter chocolate chip granola bars (seriously sooooo chewy).

No-Bake Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars No-Bake Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
I have been making granola bars constantly ever since I realized how incredibly easy they are to make. They are so much more delicious than eating store-bought. I mean really if you are still buying your granola bars, for the love of oats STOP now. You will feel so accomplished and so smart even though it is like annoyingly basic.

When I did make granola bars they just didn’t ever seem chewy enough! Every time I just wanted them to be EVEN chewier. If you’ve ever felt the same way as me then you will love these granola bars.

No-Bake Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars No-Bake Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Seriously these are so wonderfully chewy they melt in your mouth. I used more honey and almond butter than usual and because I’m not so good with sugar I made sure there is really no need to have it in your granola bars in order for them to be deliciously sweet.

And really whenever I am using chocolate in a recipe I always use dark chocolate (and you should too). That rich and decadent taste that dark chocolate has always makes you feel slightly more special and fancy than ordinary milk chocolate. And YOU should always feel special.

No-Bake Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars No-Bake Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
I used Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips that are dairy free which always helps the stomach when you are indulging yourself in a sweet treat. I absolutely love that dark color and contrast the chocolate chips have with the granola.

Mmmm I just I loveee dark chocolate. Seriously any man has my heart if they just give me dark chocolate. Screw the flowers and diamond watch. Just drench yourself in it and become a tall, handsome and dark chocolate man for my birthday and we will be solid.

No-Bake Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars No-Bake Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
With rice puffs I have always been so perplexed. Despite the fact they are just rice (seriously!) they still aren’t considered gluten-free. Apparently it all has to do with cross-contamination which is just silly. I’m not sure how much gluten crosses over but if you really have a strong intolerance to gluten then it’s obviously smart to omit it completely and replace the puffs with more oats or some almonds if you still want that crunch.

You will be so tempted to eat like two or even three of these right when they are done. There have been times I was pulling my hair counting down the minutes while they were cooling in the fridge (you regrettably have to in order to be able to cut them and get that nice even finish). I hope you like these super chewy almond butter chocolate chip granola bars as much as I do! You will, oh trust me you will.

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Super Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

4 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons almond butter
½ tsp vanilla
2 cups oats (I used gluten-free)
1 cup rice puffs
½ cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips

Line a 8×8” pan with parchment paper and set aside.

In a sauce pan over medium high heat, combine coconut oil, coconut sugar, honey and almond butter. Stir constantly until mixture has thickened. Make sure all the almond butter has melted in and their aren’t any more lumps. Turn off heat and mix in vanilla extract. Fold in the oats and rice puffs.

Pour mixture into prepared pan, and with a rubber spatula flatten slightly to fill in all the edges. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes at room temperature so the chocolate chips don’t melt. Sprinkle over chocolate chips and gently press in with your rubber spatula.

Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes. Remove from pan and with large knife cut into nine equal squares and serve. Try not to eat too many at once.

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23 thoughts on “Super Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

  1. Awww, girlfriend I TOTALLY feel you! I’m all about birthdays being the one day in a year that should be all about you!! My husbands birthday is the 23rd, so he feels your pain about Thanksgiving and my birthday is July 6th. Everyone always wants to celebrate mine on Fourth of July. And I’m like, “uhh NOOO!”. We need to make some sort of petition about birthdays and holidays being separate! Side note: that guy who made you cry last year was a D-bag. 😉 Anyways, granola bars are the jam and these look fabulous! LOVE that they are super chewy and the addition of almond butter sounds bomb! SO YUM! Cheers to you and happy belated birthday!! <3

  2. Ok, first of all, you are 100% correct and NOT AT ALL narcissistic for saying you need to focus on yourself on your birthday. There are times that we need to do that, and I think especially as women we get taught that we should always put others first. There may be a time and a place for self sacrifice, but your birthday is NOT one of them. Also, little side not – my two major breakups in life happened around Thanksgiving. After my first one the smell of turkey made me sick for like a year. What is it about Thankgiving and heartbreak?
    Annnnnd, I am always looking for a good granola bar recipe, so pinning this one to try. Happy Birthday lady!

    1. Thanks Meghan! I don’t know what is it about Thanksgiving!! This thanksgiving I actually had steak. I need a break from turkey too… Thank you for your wonderful words!

  3. Love these granola bars and completely agree about birthdays! I always make sure it’s all about me – my favourite foods and doing exactly what I want to do. Sometimes I even buy myself a special gift, just to be really indulgent. It’s the only day of the year we can get away with it 😉

    1. Oh I am all about buying a gift for yourself on you birthday. I definitely went to Anthropologie and splurged a little! The one time I never feel bad about doing that! Thanks Jennifer!

  4. Mmm, I love chewy granola bars. I can’t wait to try these out. I noticed that’s quite a bit of coconut oil. Do these need to be stored in the fridge or freezer to keep them solid? I’ve made some before with coconut oil that just fall apart.

    1. Yes these definitely need to be kept stored in the fridge! That’s really how they can stay fresh yet still chewy and soft. But yes they do get a little to soft once out of the fridge for to long. If you want them to be more durable out of the fridge for longer that I would lower the honey and coconut oil with more puffs and oats or if you want you can add brown sugar to solidify it more.

  5. I have been looking for a granola recipe. This sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing. I cam from the Good Tips Tuesday Link up Party. Have a great day!

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  7. I’m so happy you focused on your self for your birthday – it’s good to have a selfish day once in a while! 🙂 Especially when it means indulging i these granola bars. They look delicious!

  8. I absolutely LOVE this recipe! I must say, I’ve never been very successful with homemade granola bars— they always seem to fall apart on me. Maybe I don’t wait for them to cool long enough or something. But I’ll definitely have to give this a shot because they look AMAZING! Beautiful photos 🙂

    1. Oh no! Yes chilling in the fridge is a must when it comes to granola bars. The longer the better really. Some granola bars get too hard after a while and what I like about these is that they still keep their chewiness when stored in the fridge. Thanks Liz!

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