Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

Not too long ago, my children and I were waiting in the checkout line at Target. They had their own fun snack and I took the opportunity to pick out a special snack of my own– a dark chocolate granola bar with five super grains.

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

The package boasts a lot. Healthy. Gluten free. Non GMO. Five super grains.

And it is a great choice and healthy and whatnot. But what made me laugh is that along with the five super grains, there are five types of sweeteners.

I’m not opposed to things being sweetened. I enjoy pies and cookies and so on. But this just seemed a little silly. So I decided to make my own.

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

These bars come together really quickly and are only sweetened with honey. They are made with six gluten-free grains. (Oh, yeah, I took it up a notch).

The brown rice flour is made super easily with the grain mill. And if you’ve never bought some of these grains before, they can likely be found for a frugal price in the bulk section of your nearby (health food) grocery store.

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

Ingredient List

  • 3 C oats
  • 1 1/2 C brown rice flour
  • 1/4 C millet*
  • 1/4 C quinoa*
  • 1/4 C chia seeds
  • 1/4 C amaranth
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C honey
  • 1/2 C coconut oil, melted
  • 1 C dark chocolate, chopped
  • (optional) 2-3 Tbsp milk/water

*If you want to omit the millet or the quinoa, increase the one you use to 1/2 C. 

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Grind about 1 1/4 C brown rice in grain mill or food processor to make flour.

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

3. Combine brown rice flour through baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Stir to mix thoroughly.

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

4. Stir in dark chocolate pieces. Pour in honey and coconut oil. Stir to coat all the dry ingredients. Add a couple tablespoons of milk or water if streaks of flour or dry ingredients remain.

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

5. Transfer mixture to a 8×11 pyrex dish and spread evenly across the bottom. Press with a spatula to flatten slightly.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes. Use a folded piece of foil to press down on entire pan of bars. Cut into bars but cool completely before trying to remove the bars from the pan. For best results, refrigerate the bars to help them harden.

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars
 
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Recipe type: snack
Serves: 20-30 bars
 
Ingredients
  • 3 C oats
  • 1½ C brown rice flour
  • ¼ C millet*
  • ¼ C quinoa*
  • ¼ C chia seeds
  • ¼ C amaranth
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 C honey
  • ½ C coconut oil, melted
  • 1 C dark chocolate, chopped
  • (optional) 2-3 Tbsp milk/water
  • *If you want to omit the millet or the quinoa, increase the one you use to ½ C.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grind about 1¼ C brown rice in grain mill or food processor to make flour.
  3. Combine brown rice flour through baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Stir to mix thoroughly.
  4. Stir in dark chocolate pieces. Pour in honey and coconut oil. Stir to coat all the dry ingredients. Add a couple tablespoons of milk or water if streaks of flour or dry ingredients remain.
  5. Transfer mixture to a 8x11 pyrex dish and spread evenly across the bottom. Press with a spatula to flatten slightly.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes. Use a folded piece of foil to press down on entire pan of bars. Cut into bars but cool completely before trying to remove the bars from the pan. For best results, refrigerate the bars to help them harden.

 

About Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life

I'm Lisa from This Pilgrim Life (www.thispilgrimlife.com). I'm married to my best friend and a mother to three great kids. Cooking is one of my favorite pastimes and bread is my love language. I am always learning new ways to make healthy food delicious and how to get my children involved in the kitchen.

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