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Monday, March 12, 2012

Chocolate Mocha Granola Bars



It’s Secret Recipe Club time!  SRC is a fun little club in which members secretly create a recipe from their assigned blogger’s site.  It is always so fun to search through the recipes each reveal day and find out which of your recipes inspired another blogger!

This month, I had the pleasure of cooking up a recipe from Averie’s blog, Love Veggies and Yoga.  Averie has some lovely healthy recipes, many of which fall into specialty diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and raw. But she also has a bit of a sweet tooth!

When it came time to pick a recipe, that sweet tooth was calling my name!  But instead of choosing a dessert, I decided to make some granola bars!  I added some ground flax for a bit of fiber and some instant coffee for depth.  This makes a very small batch (just 2 or 3 bars!) but is easily doubled.  My family loved these so much, I will definitely be making them again!



Recipe Notes:
*Choose your favorite add-ins in place of the ground flax!  Experiment with mini chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, wheat germ, or seeds.


Chocolate Mocha Granola Bars

2 tbsp semi sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp lowfat milk
½ tsp (heaping) instant coffee or espresso powder
½ cup Old Fashioned Oats
1 tbsp (heaping) ground flax
1 tbsp white chocolate chips
¼ tsp vegetable shortening (if needed)


Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter, milk, and instant coffee in a small, microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 30 seconds and stir until smooth.  Microwave for an additional 10 seconds, if needed.

Stir in the oats and flax until mixed.  Add additional oats, one tablespoon at a time if the mixture is too soupy.

Pour the mixture onto a piece of cling wrap and shape into a brick.  Seal with the cling wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

Once firm, use a sharp knife to cut the brick into 2 or 3 bars.  Melt the white chocolate (with a pinch of instant coffee), in the microwave at 15 second increments, stirring until smooth.  If the chocolate is too thick to drizzle, stir in the shortening to thin.  Drizzle the white chocolate over the granola bars and serve.

18 comments:

  1. She makes the best bars! These sound wonderful! I don't drink coffee but love the flavor in bars, thanks!

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  2. These bars look gorgeous - mocha is a great taste combo :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Rich Sticky Date Pudding

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  3. I've been wanting to try my hand at granola bars and these sound like the perfect recipe with lots of accessible ingredients.

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  4. Great pick! I've been on the lookout for some healthy snacks I can pack in my lunchbox, and these sound like they'd totally fit the bill... I can still get my mid-afternoon chocolate fix, only in a healthier format!

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  5. Wow, these look like fantastically extravagant granola bars :) I'd have one of these any day!

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  6. So glad to "meet" you via the SRC and glad you made these bars! They are one of the more popular things people seem to make from my site and I love that you made them, too!

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  7. I love the coffee in these. They look delicious!

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  8. oh my heavens :) there look great! Pinned for later use!

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  9. Hi Amy,
    Your Chocolate Mocha Granola Bars need to be on a tray in my kitchen, this is a great recipe. It is fun cooking with you at the SRC and have a great week.
    Miz Helen

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  10. Love a good granola bar and the coffee in these sounds like a wonderful addition.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  11. I think it is an awesome sweet treat! Sounds yummy!

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  12. With the coffee grinds, it's quite the "get up and go" breakfast bar. Wow!

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  13. Bookmarking these! My family would love them!

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  14. Oooh these look fabulous! Chocolate and coffee in a bar? You've got my attention!

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  15. I always love Averie's healthy yet sweet treats! Great SRC pick! I hope you'll stop by Seasonalpotluck.com this month. Its artichoke month, and I'd love if you'd link up your artichoke recipes! http://bit.ly/zRfNjo

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  16. Delicious! These granola bars look to die for!

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  17. I love the mocha and chocolate combination but in a granola bar sounds way better, something healthy yet delicious

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  18. Very nice always a winner.Its healthy not to filling and you can eat anytime of the day.A great little treat that is good on the tummy and good for your health.
    Kind Regards
    David Head

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