*Winner of Farm Sanctuary's Just Eats Tour Vegan Recipe Contest!
Chocolate Candy (Granola) Bars
yields 12 bars
2 C. rolled oats
1 C. whole wheat flour
1/4 C. ground flax seeds
1 Tb. hemp seed
1/2 C. Sundrops chocolate candies (like M&M's but healthier)
1/4 C. raw cacao nibs or chips (you could use vegan choc. chips too!)
1/2 C. crushed walnuts or whatever nuts you like*
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 C. Canola oil
1/4 C. brown rice syrup
1/2 C. raw agave nectar
1 Tb. black strap molasses
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. water
Preheat oven 350F. Spray 8" X 8" baking pan with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In smaller bowl, combine wet ingredients and add to dry. Mix well, then add chocolate candies, chocolate chips or cacao nibs. Stir well and pour into prepared pan, pressing down evenly.
Bake 20 minutes, let cool.
Cut into bars or squares and keep in airtight container.
(My kids prefer them chilled rather than room-temperature for whatever reason so see what works best. These are great to freeze too!)
*obviously you can omit the nuts if there are allergies, but I sometimes like to crush mine super fine so my kids don't even know they're in there