Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why not make it amazing? Chocolate definitely makes a great meal better! This easy chocolate granola recipe is perfect for adding to yogurt, topping smoothies,  along with fruit, or even as an on-the-go snack. Using applesauce and maple syrup in the base gives this mix just the right amount sweetness, without spiking your blood sugar. Adding cacao nibs adds an even more intense dark chocolate flavor. Simply combine wet and dry ingredients, press into a sheet pan, and bake to dry, turning once between baking. Break into chunks after baking or score into bars squares before baking for convenient granola bars. 

Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time3 hours 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: breakfast, vegan
Yield: 12 people


  • large bowl
  • small mixing bowl
  • rubber spatula


Dry Ingredients

  • 2 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 c walnuts (optional)
  • 1/4 c cacao nibs or dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 1/2 t cocoa powder
  • 1 t cinnamon

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/4 c butter or coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 c apple sauce
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 2 t vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 250º. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and gently stir until completely mixed. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients and whisk together.
  • Form a well in the center of the large bowl of dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients to the well and fold together using a rubber spatula. The mixture should be completely incorporated with no dry pieces. Spoon mixture onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. It should be wet and pliable. Using a spatula, pack and shape mixture into a rectangle, about 10in x 6in and 1/2in thick. To create bars, heavily score into 12 small squares or rectangles before baking.

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