Vegan Chocolate Granola Bars

Vegan chocolate granola bars are chewy, super chocolatey and perfect for a sweet snack or dessert! Gluten free and sweetened naturally.

Vegan Chocolate Granola Bars

We’re halfway through the worst month of the year!! January is just so dreary and COLD. While I absolutely despise the weather, at least January has the whole fresh, new year start thing going for it. Did you guys make any resolutions?

While I’m a strong believer in healthy eating all year long, I know that this is always a time when people are looking especially hard for healthy recipes. As a result, I present: vegan chocolate granola bars! All homemade with minimal ingredients, and of course, chocolate is involved.

Vegan Chocolate Granola Bars

The other day at the store I was actually in awe when I stopped and really looked at all the granola/protein/breakfast bars. There are approximately 5 million to choose from. Almost all claim to be healthy, but few live up to the hype, and many could qualify as candy bars! Usually they’re full of unhealthy added ingredients or the texture is weird – either break your teeth hard, or super dry.

What I look for in a granola bar is chewy texture with as few ingredients as possible. And guess what?! You can make your own HEALTHY granola bars at home. Also, no baking required!

Vegan Chocolate Granola Bars

These vegan chocolate granola bars are my dream come true. Simply combine your ingredients, shape into bars, chill for a bit so they can firm up, and devour.

The ingredients are SO easy, and healthy, of course. The bars get their structure and ultra chewy factor from oats – both whole rolled oats and some oat flour to bind things together. Cocoa powder for that rich chocolatey flavor, some date paste for sweetness, and cashew butter!

Vegan Chocolate Granola Bars

Other than these heavenly creations, I haven’t used cashew butter very much. I have to admit, I’m hopelessly in love with almond butter. BUT the cashew butter has a super smooth, creamy texture, and it helps these bars hold their shape while giving them even more rich and decadent flavor.

You could definitely use a different nut butter, but you may taste it more prominently, especially if it’s a strong one like almond or peanut butter. Totally up to your preference! I wanted the chocolate to shine through here.

Vegan Chocolate Granola Bars

Question: is it a granola bar if it doesn’t have whole nuts in it? Because any good granola typically has oats, whole nuts, raisins, etc. I like to think we meet the nut requirement with the cashew butter, and the oats provide enough texture, trust me. In conclusion, these are granola bars. I said so, okay?! Validate me here, guys.

My favorite thing about these vegan chocolate granola bars is how ridiculously easy they are. They literally take 10 minutes to throw together, and you’re all set with some super healthy bars for the week! Great for a grab and go breakfast (my husband’s choice, always) or a healthy snack to get you through your day.

Vegan Chocolate Granola Bars

Soft, SO chewy and chocolatey – you’ll never go back to store-bought bars!

PS: if you’re looking for a yummy bar with a protein punch, check these out!

Vegan Chocolate Granola Bars

If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!

Vegan Chocolate Granola Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 granola bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c whole grain rolled oats
  • 1/4 c whole grain rolled oats, ground into flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c date paste (I use 8 medjool dates blended with 1/2 c hot water)
  • 1/4 c natural unsweetened cashew butter

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the whole oats, oat flour, and cocoa powder.
  2. Add the cashew butter and date paste and stir until everything is totally combined.
  3. Use a 1/3 c measure to scoop out 4 balls of the mixture, and shape into bars.
  4. Store in the refrigerator
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Vegan Chocolate Granola Bars