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Monday, April 2, 2018

Gluten-Free Homemade Chocolate Granola Bars

Recently I had to go super clean with my eating. There were a few weeks where I couldn’t eat any sugar, dairy or wheat. It ended up being easier than I thought it would be (no, really), but it has been nice to slowly add those ingredients back into my diet here and there. But now that I’ve made these positive changes to my diet, I would really like to maintain those changes. As a result, I’ve started looking at some of my favorite recipes and thinking about how I can modify them. One of the first recipes to go through a makeover was my beloved Chewy Chocolate Chip Homemade Granola Bar recipe. First I made the recipe gluten free and reduced the sugar by about 3 grams per bar. Then I took it a step further, which brings us to today’s recipe for homemade chocolate granola bars.

How to Make Gluten-Free Homemade Chocolate Granola Bars from Jane Maynard of This Week for Dinner

When I was working on reducing the amount of sugar in my original granola bar recipe, I was surprised by how much sugar was coming from the chocolate chips. I wanted to be able to take out the chocolate chips but still get a good chocolate fix. By removing the chocolate chips and adding cocoa powder to the granola bar, we still get that delicious chocolate flavor with even less sugar. I tried it and it totally worked.

Recipe for Gluten-Free Homemade Chocolate Granola Bars by Jane Maynard of This Week for Dinner

This recipe for homemade chocolate granola bars is awesome. My original recipe is a bit more chewy, but the texture on these chocolate bars is fantastic, a little chewy as well as a little crispy, and they don’t fall apart at all. The flavor is wonderful – I think I might even like these better than the original chocolate chip bars, which is really saying something. This recipe is gluten free and each bar contains about 8 grams of sugar, which is 5-6 grams less per bar than my original recipe. Woohoo!

Gluten-Free Homemade Chocolate Granola Bar Recipe by Jane Maynard at This Week for Dinner

Please note that if you do not need the bars to be gluten free, you can in fact use regular all-purpose flour as a substitute for the oat flour. But if you want to go gluten free, stick with the recipe below using oat flour.

Without further ado I give you Homemade Chocolate Granola Bars!

Homemade Chocolate Granola Bars (Gluten Free)
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Serves: 24
  • 4 cups rolled old-fashioned oats (make sure label says gluten free)
  • 1 cup brown crisped rice cereal
  • ½ cup shredded or flaked unsweetened coconut
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons oat flour (make sure label says gluten free)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • Generous ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  1. Preheat oven to 325º F.
  2. Combine oats, crisped rice, coconut, brown sugar, oat flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix well.
  3. Combine coconut oil, honey and vanilla. Whisk well. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. (Stir. Stir some more. Keep stirring!)
  4. Line a large cooke sheet with parchment paper. Pour granola bar mixture onto the lined cookie sheet. Press mixture out into a large, uniform rectangle, about 9" x 13" (which will be smaller than the pan, you do not push the granola all the way to the edges of the pan). It is easiest to form the rectangle if your hands are wet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, rotate pan and bake for 14-15 more minutes.
  6. Cool completely before cutting. Cut into 24 bars, 8 rows x 3 columns.
The coconut oil can be solid or liquid - whatever it happens to be sitting in your cupboard is fine!
If you do not need these to be gluten free, regular all-purpose flour can be substituted for oat flour with the same measurement.




  1. 1

    This recipe still lists a cup of chocolate chips?

    • OH MY GOODNESS. I am so glad you caught that! No, no chocolate chips in this recipe, I just updated the recipe card. Goodness, I thought I proofread it a few times, my eyes completely missed the chocolate chips. They’ve been removed and the recipe is now 100% correct! Thank you!


  2. 2
    Amanda Maynard

    When people wonder what I eat, it is exactly these kinds of things. I’m definitely going to try this one in the next few weeks!

  3. 3

    I was wondering if we could use any kind of cereal in place of rice Krispy, like cheerios? Thank you much, this a wonderful recipe, God bless!

    • yes, I’m sure you could mix it up with something else that you like the taste of – just keep the proportions the same to keep the balance of wet & dry ingredients. that said, I can’t guarantee it will come out the same as I’ve never tried it (and I personally just really like the neutral flavor but nice crisp that the crisped rice cereal gives). hope this is helpful! 🙂

  4. 4
    Shireen Islam

    Hello. Is there any way to include peanut butter into this recipe? Maybe by decreasing the coconut oil by a bit? Looking forward to making it!!

    • Hi Shireen! Yes, I am sure this is something you could do! I have been meaning to try it myself but haven’t yet. I do think adding a nut butter would mean you could decrease the amount of oil for sure.

      I’ve looked at a lot of granola bar recipes that use nut butters, but their proportions are super different than this recipe. I’m thinking you could probably sub 1:1 the oil for nut butter (so, 1/2 cup nut butter, 1/4 cup oil) or maybe even try like 1/4 cup oil and 3/4 cups nut butter for a bit chewier bar. This is making me want to get in the kitchen right now and experiment! If you do try it, let me know what you do and how it goes and I’ll do the same!

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