healthy peanut butter & chocolate granola bars

28 November 2014

I've mentioned before that my favourite breakfast is avocado on toast. I'm mostly a savoury girl, although I do get the occasional granola craving, for which I make this maple & walnut one

But lately, avocados aren't tasting as good... obviously, as they are not exactly in season. So I was trying to think of another option that I would equally love, but this isn't easy for me (can you tell that I take breakfast very seriously?).

I have three pet peeves when it comes to breakfast: 1) it doesn't keep me full until lunchtime, 2) it's a hassle to make, and 3) it doesn't taste good. Number 1 is especially important for me - I'm not much of a snacker (although I have picked up the habit of having a square of dark chocolate or three with my afternoon coffee) and I hate being hungry. 

In the past, any cereal or granola bars I tried kept me full for all of 5 seconds, and then I was ready for lunch. But I think I've finally found something that is not only seriously easy to make (you don't even need to bake them!), but are also full of good ingredients and keep me full for hours! Mission accomplished.

They don't even taste "healthy" either - I'd happily eat one as dessert. Anything with chocolate in is good enough in my books.

If you like the sound of these and want to make them for yourself, the recipe is down below. I'd suggest keeping them in the fridge or freezer (I keep mine in the freezer) as coconut oil tends to melt very quickly, but they should keep for a good couple of weeks or so. 

{Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows}

120g rolled oats
35g brown rice puffs (I used Kallo Organic brand)
50g toasted sliced almonds
20g desiccated coconut 
20g chia seeds
50g coconut oil, melted
120g peanut butter (no sugar added)
55g agave nectar (or liquid sweetener of choice)
50g dark chocolate chips

To make:
1)  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. 
2) Add the wet ingredients.
3) Press the mixture evenly into a parchment-lined brownie pan (8x8 or 9x11).
4) Place in freezer for about 20-30mins.
5) Slice into 12 bars, wrap individually with cling film. Pop back in fridge or freezer to grab whenever you like!


  1. I totally share your breakfast pet peeves and these look really good so going to have to give them a go!x

  2. I agree with you about cereal bars generally - they don't even touch the sides. I've actually never tried making my own though, and these look delicious so maybe I'll give them a go :)

  3. They look delicious!! Will have to try them out :)

  4. I would probably stop myself just before shaping phase since I m not sure these ingredients could wait a minute more. It doesn't take long to realize this have to be really good ,-)

  5. I'm going to have to give these a go - I adore peanut butter! x

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  6. You are killing it with the recipes lately! These look like the perfect snack to stave off the afternoon slump. xx

  7. These look yummy and because they have oats will be really filling thanks for sharing Lucy x

  8. I've never thought to make my own granola bars. This looks super delicious! And I agree with you 100%: avocado on toast is the BEST, but the avocados of late haven't been. I had to throw a few out. :(

  9. They look so good! And I think breakfast should always be taken very seriously ;) xx

  10. These look so delicious! I agree, I hate when breakfast doesn't keep me full until lunch. What was the point of you, stupid useless un-filling breakfasts? And I also agree that it's not worth it when it's a hassle to make them...having time in the morning is hard to come by. But I'll have to try these! JUST AS SOON AS I TRY THAT FREAKING RAMEN RECIPE THAT I'VE BEEN WANTING TO TRY FOR OVER A YEAR.


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