I tried to think of a fancy name for the Chocolate Nut Bar, but ultimately settled on Chocolate Nut Bar. Honestly, I’m too tired to give it a fancy name, but what it lacks in nom de guerre it makes up for in flavor and practicality! I wish there was a better story, but this bar came to be when my wife decided we needed to have something for people to nibble on at book signings in order to sell more books. Turns out it’s pretty great for the trail, too!
Serving size = 1 bar
Weight = 70 g
Total Calories = 331
Total Fat = 14.6 g
Total Carbohydrate = 37.3 g
Calorie Density = 4.7 cal/g
Carbs/Fat Ratio = 2.6
Total Yield = 18 bars
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Butter, 1/2 cup
Light Brown Sugar, 1 cup
Creamy Peanut Butter, 3/4 cup
Light Corn Syrup, 1/4 cup
Clover Honey, 1/4 cup
Vanilla Extract, 1 tablespoon
Rolled Oats (not instant), 3 1/2 cups
65% Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, 1/2 bag (4.5 oz)
Dried Cherries, 3/4 cup
Sunflower Seeds, unsalted, 1/2 cup
Pumpkin Seeds, 1/4 cup
Sesame, Flax, or other small seed, 1/4 cup
Pecan Pieces, 1/4 cup
10 x 10 or 9 x 12 baking pan
measuring cups and spoons
small mixing bowl
large mixing bowl
small rolling pin, bean masher, or other tool for pressing granola flat
Lightly toast the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and pecans in the oven at 350 ºF. Once toasted, allow them to cool to room temperature. If it’s a cold day, you can put them outside to expedite the cooling. Increase the oven temperature to 375 ºF
While nuts are toasting, using a rubber spatula, combine the brown sugar, peanut butter, honey, corn syrup, and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Stir until all of the brown sugar is thoroughly incorporated into the mixture.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan and then pour over the mixture. Let sit for a few minutes to soften the mixture.
Stir the butter into the mixture until smooth and well-incorporated. Allow to cool to room temperature.
While butter mixture is cooling, combine oats, cherries, sesame seeds, and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
Pour cooled nuts into oats, stir to combine.
Pour butter mixture into oats and nuts, combine until uniformly mixed to make granola.
Prepare a 9 x 12 or 10 x 10 pan by lightly oiling and covering with a layer of parchment paper. Pour the granola into the pan and press down with wet fingers to flatten. Use bean smasher or other flattening tool to flatten bars.
Bake bars at 375 ºF for 8 minutes. Rotate pan 180 degrees and bake for 8 more minutes. Cut and eat when cooled at least 4 hours or overnight.
Optional: To make a fancy chocolate drizzle on top of the bars, melt a little chocolate in a bowl over boiling water (double boiler). Put chocolate in a ziploc bag and cut small hole in the bottom. Drizzle over bars.