Chocolate Granola Bars

I’ve been obsessed with Hershey’s No-Bake Cookies since I was a little girl.


In fact, when our church put together a cookbook, that was the recipe I had to submit.  I’m going to guess that I was somewhere around 12 or 13 then, submitting a recipe to a church cookbook.  Mmhhmm.


But they are terrible for you. I mean it’s sugar and butter and chocolate and peanut butter.


Oh my goodness, they are SO good. It’s like cookie fudge.


So when I saw this recipe from Marathon Mom, I knew I had to try it.


They looked so similar to my beloved no-bake cookies, and while I’m sure they’re still not exactly low-calorie, the ingredients are a lot better for you than packaged granola bars with corn syrup.


  I’ve made them 3 times already and have mixed up the ingredients each time. I’m a big fan of recipes that I can mix and match ingredients so it doesn’t seem like I’m always making the same thing.


Plus, they freeze beautifully!



Chocolate Granola Bars
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup oats (I used quick oats)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

1.  Line an 8×8 square pan with foil.
2. Melt  the butter, peanut butter and honey over medium to low heat, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat once it is melted.
3.  Pour in the oats and the flax seed.  Stir until combined.
4.  Stir in the coconut and chocolate chips.
5.  Pour into the foil-lined pan and place in the fridge.
5. Once they’re firm, you can remove from pan, peel back foil and cut into size you like.

*Variations: Substitute coconut oil for the butter
Cut back on honey if you want
Add raisins
Wait to add the chocolate chips until after the mixture has cooled so they stay solid
Use wheat germ instead of flax seed
Use peanut butter chips instead of chocolate chips (or use half of each!)
Use cocoa powder and omit the chocolate chips



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  1. Yum!! I can’t wait to try this:)

  2. The only thing I am missing is the outs. Thanks for sharing! I’m sure my family will love this recipe.

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    Mrs. Delightful

  3. These look soooooo delicious, can’t wait to try to make them this weekend… Thanks for sharing the recipe :-)

  4. Shush your mouth. Those look really really good! And you MADE them!?! I would totally buy them in a store…hummm.. can you sell food on Etsy? Just an idea Natalie! 😉 Gonna have give these a go! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Just what I have been in the mood for!

  6. My first thought when I saw these at Tatertots and Jello was that they looked like Chocolate No Bake cookies!!! Can’t wait to try these.

  7. Oh, thank you. I’m saving that one to try.

  8. Yum!

  9. these look fantastic! i’ll have to try this recipe- thanks for sharing!

  10. My goodness these look good. A deliciously naughty snack!

  11. Yummmmmm, I can’t wait to make these! New follower from Something Swanky.


  12. THOSE look amazing! And I have all the ingredients on hand. Pinning!

  13. I think I remember those cookies, so good, always hurt my teeth with the sugar, but I kept eating them!

  14. I make these with coconut oil instead of butter and they are absolutely delicious. The coconut oil makes them so creamy. I also add some dried cherries!

  15. Can you cut out the honey? I am allergic to it and so it is hard finding a good granola bar recipe without honey.

  16. Can you totally leave out the ground flax seed and how much cocoa if you substitute that for the chocolate chips :)

  17. @Anonymous I make bars every similar to these except I use brown rice syrup instead of honey and they are great!

  18. These look so yummy! Can’t wait to try them.

  19. @Anonymous Sure you could leave out the flax seed, I just include it for the health benefits. When I sub cocoa for the chocolate chips, I just add about 1 tbsp. in with the melted ingredients. You could always add more, but I just wanted the hint of flavor!

    Thanks, Melissa for the comment about the brown rice syrup! I’ve never heard of that and may have to look into it!

  20. Does anyone have a ballpark calorie count on these without any substitutions??

  21. Anonymous says:

    These look delish and I think I’ll give them a shot. For those referencing no-bake cookies, which I also love, I substitute sucanot for the sugar. It cuts down on that overwhelming sweet taste and it’s healthier.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Try Agave instead of honey

  23. Anonymous says:

    I’m off to make these right now!!! My kids will love them!

  24. Anonymous says:

    We have a peanut allergy is there anything to replace peanut butter?

  25. I used maple syrup in place of the honey and also used coconut oil and they are fantastic! I also added a 1/2 cup of crispy brown rice since I was making these for my kids and they like that extra crunch! I also added some plain whey protein powder since I will be putting these in their school lunches. Great recipe!

  26. Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I would use any nut butter or sunflower seed butter if its only peanuts that are the allergy.

  27. Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I used maple syrup and slightly less than the amount listed.

  28. I love all recipes that don’t have gluten or sugar. I am for sure going to try this one.

  29. @AnonymousNot sure what the difference would taste like, but I’ve used quick oats every time I’ve made them and I think they taste great! So do my kids!

  30. Anonymous says:

    I noticed the original recipe said not to use quick oats but you did and I have both on hand is there a significant difference? Thanks, Carly

  31. These are sooo good! This is the 3rd time I have made them! This time however I left out most of the butter (used about 1 tablespoon) and added a banana, I also use about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and a few tablespoons of coco powder. Awesome recipe when I am craving something sweet!

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