This healthy granola bark recipe is the best for adding to your morning meal or any time of day when you crave a sweet pick-me-up. Full of dark chocolate, oats, seeds, and honey, this bark is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to keep you going strong for hours. Try this easy, tasty recipe today!
Granola bark is one of those foods I don’t normally give too much thought to. Normally, I’d whip up a batch of granola (or granola bars for a quicker snack) and be happy with that. However, one day, as I was attempting to make granola bars, winging it as one usually does in the kitchen, I sliced them up to discover they were not holding together so well.
I am not the type to fix something that doesn’t need to be fixed. I don’t mind troubleshooting, especially when it comes to recipe creation. But these hunks of chocolate chip oat goodness tasted perfect, and I didn’t mind that they weren’t cut into perfectly rectangular bars.
In fact, I really kind of love them as is. A bit sweeter– less crunchy and dry than typical granola. In fact, this recipe is no-bake which leaves you with chewy chunks of bark. Nice, big chunks that fit precisely into my yogurt cup.
So I decided to change my recipe name instead of changing the ingredients and methods of my granola bars.
Chocolate chip granola bark it is!
Bits of dark chocolate are stirred into oats and honey. A few seeds are then thrown in for good measure, along with a few other important ingredients.
I find them great to snack on or for breakfast. (Though they are almost sweet enough to be considered dessert, too!) AJ also loves them. In fact, I think they were gone in a matter of a couple of days the last time I made these.
Now, I hope you can love on this recipe (and the results of these few minutes of labor) as much as we do.
I present to you: my healthy chocolate chip granola bark recipe…
Healthy Chocolate Chip Granola Bark | recipe
This granola bark recipe combines oats, dark chocolate, honey, chia seeds, shredded coconut, sunbutter, date syrup, and vanilla extract into a deliciously intoxicating homemade breakfast concoction that you can whip up in no time. The taste and texture remind me a lot of energy bites, except you don’t have to spend time rolling up 50 of them.
What else can I use?
- You can use chocolate chunks, chocolate chips, or simply chop up a dark chocolate bar
- If you don’t have date syrup, just add more honey
- Peanut butter can be used instead of sunbutter (sunflower seed butter)
- Any seed can be used in this recipe, though I like to use chia seeds because of their small size and versatility
How long can I store it for?
These granola bark pieces can be stored for up to a month in the refrigerator. I recommend keeping these in the fridge because otherwise there is a risk of them falling apart completely. Since these are not baked, they need to stay cool to remain stuck together in chunks.
- Top yogurt with a few pieces
- Add some crunch to a fruit bowl
- Break into smaller chunks with milk for a bowl of cereal
- Add to your smoothie or ice cream
- Eat plain, on the go
Tools You Will Need
Large mixing bowl
Spoon or rubber spatula
Measuring cups and spoons
9×12 cookie sheet
Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
Ingredients | healthy granola bark recipe
Oats – I recommend using old fashioned oats because they hold together better in this recipe. They also help the bark remain a chewy texture.
Dark chocolate – You can use a bar that you cut into chunks or use dark chocolate chunks/chips.
Honey – I prefer the taste of honey, but you can also use maple syrup instead. If you use maple syrup, you may need to adjust the amount used and use slightly less.
Chia seeds – Chia seeds are added for crunch and nutrition. You can use the seeds of choice, though.
Coconut – Shredded coconut adds flavor and richness to this healthy recipe.
Sunbutter – Any type of seed or nut butter can be used in this recipe. I find that sunbutter is great for those with nut allergies, which is why I use it in my recipe.
Date syrup – Date syrup is optional. I like to use a little bit for a slight variation in the honey-sweet flavor. The date syrup adds a bit of depth. If you don’t have any, just add more honey instead.
Vanilla extract – Pure vanilla extract helps enhance all the flavors in this recipe.
How to Make Healthy Chocolate Chip Granola Bark
Start by mixing the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
Then mix in the wet ingredients using a spoon or rubber spatula.
Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
After spreading the mixture flat over the surface of the cookie sheet, add a top layer of parchment paper.
Press the granola down between the sheets of parchment paper, using your hands. Do this until it is somewhat flat and even.
Place in the fridge for 4-6 hours.
Remove from the fridge and break into random pieces.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Tips for Success | healthy chocolate chip granola bark recipe
Be sure to use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat because otherwise it will stick and you’ll end up with granola instead of granola bark.
Use a smaller cookie sheet (9×13 or smaller), otherwise they will be way too thin and not hold together well.
Be patient when letting it set up in the refrigerator. Since these are not baked into a crunchy bark, they need to be pressed and cooled before breaking them apart.
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Healthy, No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bark
- large mixing bowl
- measuring cups and spoons
- rubber spatula or spoon
- 9×12 cookie sheet
- parchment paper or silicone baking mat
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup sunbutter
- 2-3 tbsp date syrup
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Start by mixing the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- Then mix in the wet ingredients using a spoon or rubber spatula.
- Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- After spreading the mixture flat over the surface of the cookie sheet, add a top layer of parchment paper.
- Press the granola down between the sheets of parchment paper, using your hands. Do this until it is somewhat flat and even.
- Place in the fridge for 4-6 hours.
- Remove from the fridge and break into random pieces.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.