Blueberry Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

by Nicole on February 7, 2011

If I walked around Trader Joe’s and picked up everything I wanted to try, my grocery bill would be three times as much and I’d have to give up my apartment. I usually pick up one or two new things whenever I go, and last time it was freeze dried blueberries. I’ve already tried to the freeze dried bananas and LOVED them, so I figured why not try another freeze dried fruit.
I spent my Saturday night dreaming up what I was going to do with them. Yes, that was before I passed out on the couch during The Social Network. I was thinking up a blueberry, almond butter, pumpkin seed combo.Yum.
The best part about granola bars is you can add or omit whatever you have or don’t have…or like or don’t like. If you don’t have any of these ingredients…leave ‘em out!

Dry Ingredients

Ingredients all mixed

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup puffed millet
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds in 1/2 cup water, let sit for 5 minutes until gels
  • 1/4 cup shelled hemp
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup flax meal (ground flax) in 1/2 cup water, let sit for 5 minutes.
  • 1 cup freeze dried blueberries
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, leaving out the baking powder. Then add all wet ingredients (almond butter, agave nectar, honey) and mix together well. The mixture will seem dry, but keep mixing until all ingredients come together. Spoon mixture  either in a 13×9 pan  or use a mini loaf pan. Let bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before you remove from pan. Once removed, let cool on a cooling rack. Makes about 16 granola bars.

I love making my own granola bars. They taste so much better than packaged granola bars (which I do eat in a pinch). You can make them exactly how you like them or to fit your dietary needs.

Do you ever make your own granola bars? What are your favorite add ins?

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Estela @ Weekly Bite February 7, 2011 at 7:32 am

Yum! These bars look delicious! I love blueberries :)


[email protected] Sweet Life February 7, 2011 at 8:04 am

I love that little loaf pan–perfect for recipes like this!
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Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes February 7, 2011 at 8:24 am

I can’t believe that I haven’t yet made my own granola bars! I stopped buying the packaged stuff because I couldn’t figure out what was in them. Weird ingredients. But I haven’t gotten around to trying to make my own!

And I agree with Eliz, that pan is super cool!
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Kristina February 7, 2011 at 8:48 am

Wow that whole tray would be gone if it was in my kitchen right now-delish!


Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries February 7, 2011 at 9:16 am

I’m the same way about Trader Joe’s! I need to make a list and keep my head down – or else I’d come out totally broke :) Those granola bars look delicious! I’ve never made my own, but I think I need to try!
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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

I love making granola bars! Peanut butter and chocolate are my favorite!


MelissaNibbles February 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm

These sound fabulous. I like making my own granola bars. I usually use peanut butter and chocolate protein powder.
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Laury @thefitnessdish February 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I definitely need to try this one. I am craving blueberries. I have to seriously stop myself every time I go to TJ’s or Whole Foods (which is like 4 times a week, TJ not as often) because I am going to be destitute pretty soon. Lately I have been proud. Sticking to my grocery list (except for a few other items i let slip in the cart).

I need that bar tin you have there! Where do I get one???
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