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Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Soft and chewy granola bar lovers, your search has ended for a homemade take on the store-bought snack. This quick and easy granola bar recipe yields more than a dozen bars jam-packed with toasted oats and almonds, studded with mini chocolate chips and loaded with flaxseed meal (hello, omega-3’s!).
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 16 bars

Ingredients  

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal (See Kelly’s Notes)
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly whisked

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F and line 13x9-inch metal baking pan with parchment paper leaving an overhang on the two short sides of pan. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray.
  • Spread the oats and almonds on an unlined baking sheet. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the oats and almonds to a large bowl and let them cool completely. Once cooled, stir in the flaxseed meal and mini chocolate chips.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, salt, honey, vegetable oil and egg whites. Pour the mixture over the oats, stirring until it's well coated.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and using wet hands or a flat spatula, firmly press it into even layer. (See Kelly’s Notes.)
  • Bake the granola for 30 to 35 minutes until dark golden on top. Remove the granola from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 2 hours.
  • Using the parchment paper overhangs, transfer the granola onto a cutting board and slice it into bars.
  • Store the granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Kelly’s Notes:

  • Flaxseed meal is ground up flaxseeds, and it can be purchased in the baking aisle of most major supermarkets. If you can only find whole flaxseeds, grind them to a fine powder in a spice grinder or blender.
  • It's important to firmly press the oat mixture into the prepared pan. The more compacted it is, the more likely your bars will retain their shape.
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