Do you ever just want something…CHOCOLATE? I do, often. My kids are no different. So whenever we spend an afternoon in the kitchen baking, they usually request chocolate chips as an ingredient, no matter what we’re making.
These granola bars we created the other week to take to school for lunch and snack time. They are really sturdy, you won’t have to worry about them crumbling in the lunch box. And if I add enough chocolate chips then my kids ignore the fact that I’ve used quinoa flakes as the base of the recipe 😉 And I’m cool with a little chocolate bribery once and awhile so it all works out.
Us moms can use these Chocolate Granola Bars as a healthy alternative to the holiday cookies that seem to end up taking residence in the house during the month of December? Am I right? I keep a bag of these in the freezer so I always have one on hand if a hungry mama or hungry kiddo needs one.
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa flakes
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons grass-fed gelatin
- 1/8 cup chocolate chips
In a mixing bowl combine quinoa flakes, chia seeds, cinnamon to combine.
In a saucepan over low heat melt the coconut oil. Add the maple syrup and vanilla, then sprinkle in 2 teaspoons of gelatin and whisk to combine.
Drizzle wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir with a large spoon to combine.
Mix in the chocolate chips.
Spread out mixture in a prepared 8x8 pan. Press down with your hands or a spatula to spread out the mixture and pack it down.
Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Cut into bars and enjoy.