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Weelicious Guest Post + GIVEAWAY ~ Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

9/17/12


by Catherine at Weelicious...

With back-to-school season in full swing I find myself running more errands and having less time for those important tasks, like you know, feeding myself and my children!  I know... on those busy mornings when you don't have time for breakfast, there's nothing easier than tossing a granola bar into your child's lunch box and another one into your purse, but a majority of the brands on the market are not as healthy as their manufacturers would lead you to believe.  Plus, they are made with ingredients I can't even begin to pronounce. 

These Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are unbelievably delicious and, if you wrap them individually, just as easy to grab when you're on-the-go as the ones you buy at the market (plus, you'll have no problem pronouncing all the ingredients in these).  But the best part?  Most pre-packaged bars will run you a dollar or more, compared to the less than $4 it costs to make this recipe (and don't forget the time you'll also save not having to go to the grocery store).

These bars are versatile, too!  You can easily replace the chocolate chips with naturally sweet dried fruit like cranberries, cherries or raisins.  Chewy and crunchy with toasted oats and a sweet surprise in every bite, these Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are a must for your back to school rotation!


Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

4 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips*
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey

1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
2. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
4. Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture and stir to combine.
5. Place granola mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet and shape into a rectangle, about 13x9x1 inch thick.
6. Bake for 40 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden brown and it is set.
7. Allow to cool completely then cut into 3-inch x 1-inch bars.**

*You can substitute raisins or other dried fruit for the chocolate chips.
**Individually wrapped, the bars will remain fresh for several weeks.

~GIVEAWAY~


Catherine is graciously giving away TWO of her new cookbooks to you people!
Please comment below and I will randomly select TWO winners on Friday at 8am PST.
Good luck and thank you Catherine!  

122 comments:

Jennifer said...

This new book looks amazing! I definitely need more food inspiration/options for my family.

Ryan and Heather said...

I can't wait to try the Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. I have been looking for a recipe without peanut butter. The cookbook looks great! I am always looking for new ideas to make for our little ones

suburban prep said...

What a great book to have around when there are young children in the family. Ideas abound for family meals.

kimalli1 said...

I can always use family-friendly ideas! Thanks for the opportunity.

Stephanie R. said...

I've been looking for a granola bar recipe so thanks! Would also love a new cookbook for the collection!

Dana said...

What a great giveaway! I've been eyeing that book!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

The granola bars look great! The book sounds handy too :)

Jessen said...

New Cookbooks Rock... I'm all in!

Jen Glaim said...

Thanks for the granola bar recipe! Very excited about this giveaway :)

Anonymous said...

Those granola bars look great! Not only my child would like them but I would, too.


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Kim Love said...

My two year old loves a good granola bar, this looks like a fabulous recipe - and recipe book!

Kristen said...

I would love this cookbook! Just recently found your blog...loving it!

Caroline Boudreau said...

I have recently discovered this blog and I'm addicted! This granola recipe will be made in my kitchen soon!

Caroline Boudreau said...

I have recently discovered this blog and I'm addicted! This granola recipe will be made in my kitchen soon!

Deetin said...

I would love to have the book! Looks like fun and easy recipes.

Deetin said...

I would love to have the book! Looks like fun and easy recipes.

Deetin said...

I would love to have the book! Looks like fun and easy recipes.

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

I'm always looking for kid-friendly recipes! These granola bars look awesome--and thanks for the chance to win!

Books1340 said...

This recipe looks great!

Alana said...

I've just been looking on the internet for a fast and delicious granola bar recipe to make for my boys...thanks!! The book looks awesome too!

ShaiLee Gonsar said...

Looks like a great book! I would love to own it :)

Linda said...

These bars look so yummy...the book is a great bonus!

Ally said...

The bars look so pretty but relatively easy. I'll have to try them!

If Youve Seen My Mind...Id Love It Back said...

One family, one meal? What is this brand of magic? I can count on one hand the number of dishes that Mr. Picky will join in on. To be able to make one meal for the whole family is a dream.

Naomi Best said...

i've been wanting a good granola bar recipe. thank you!

agalandherdog said...

These sound great!

Felicia Collins said...

Thanks for the great recipe and the opportunity to win the cookbook!

Nicole said...

Just discovered weelicious and made the roasted pear and banana puree for my nearly 1-month-old this weekend. It was so good even I was eating it! I would love to have this cookbook.

Amy M said...

Would LOVE to have this book!!!

Kayla said...

I think this looks totally yummy and there are a variety of ways you can do it!! Thanks so much!!

Her new cookbook looks amazing too! Maybe me and my two year old will get lucky and find some new stuff for lunch in there :)

Tiffaney said...

I can't wait to try these bars!! I also can't wait to get this cookbook!! Looks amazing!

Jessica said...

I would love to win this cookbook!! Love weelicious

Kelli Sprinkel said...

Love Weelicious!

Mary said...

I love Weelicious and am so excited for this book!

kileywiley12 said...

Love Catherine's recipes!

Mama G said...

This cookbook looks so fun and useful! I have 3 little ones I cook for.

Tracy said...

This cook book looks great ;)

Lori said...

I love cookbooks that have food my kids would love!

Kayla said...

I would love to win the weelicious cookbook!

LiviaB said...

I'm all for saving money, esp when this looks so easy to make. I'm sure the cookbook is fabulous!

Marrevilla said...

I have to try making these, my kids love granola bars with chocolate chips the quaker brand ones and these look exactly the same. Plus the love cooking...I have to get her book would love to win it!!!

Just got introduced to your website and am loving all the post!! congrats on the new addtion1!!

Valerie said...

Always love your recipes and would love a copy of the new book :) Thank you.

Erin said...

I love weelicious recipes and always find something on her website that I want to try. I would love this cookbook!

Erica K. said...

Love her recipes! Would love the book :-)

Anonymous said...

Love her! Excited about her new cookbook !

Ashlie F said...

Yesterday I tried the homemade goldfish recipe you put o her and the kids LOVED it as well as the adults in my house. Now I will have to try making these asap! Love the idea of homemade snacks.

Anonymous said...

Love her weeliscious website all her food is great sues a great inspiration for the picky eater!

Sara M said...

Just found your blog. Can't wait to try some of your recipes. Great idea for a giveaway! Thanks!

Valerie Ronin said...

I love Weelicious! I can't wait to get my hands on this cookbook!

Taylor B. said...

I would love that cookbook!

Anonymous said...

Weelicious is great. Would love to win a cookbook!

Chantal Klein said...

Would love this to help with my picky 15month old! Thanks love Catherine , follow her on pinterest too.

mmckenna said...

I love weelicious! Can't wait to try these :)

liz smith said...

I am going to make these today! Yum!

Anonymous said...

The Weelicious cookbook sounds awesome and I would love to have a copy in my home. I'm definitely going to try these granola bars and try to stay away from the store bought ones. Thanks for the inspiration to keep me in the kitchen.

skye said...

I love these granola bars! Really really want this book, too!

Amy Nuccio said...

I love Weelicious and have been following Catherine's recipes since my oldest son started his first solids. So glad to see she has a cookbook!

Amy Nuccio said...

I love Weelicious and have been following Catherine's recipes since my oldest son started his first solids. So glad to see she has a cookbook!

Kahla Wier said...

These bars look wonderful and I can't wait to give them a try!

Stacey said...

I want this cookbook, my toddler won't eat anything...I need some ideas!!

Cynthia said...

I'd LOVE one her cookbooks! Thanks

Cynthia said...

I'd love one of her cookbooks! Thanks!

Gretchen said...

Going to make these today :) Would love the cookbook!

Gretchen said...

Going to make these today :) Would love the cookbook!

smithstudios said...

Looks like a great cookbook!!

Nicole said...

I would love to win the cookbook! Thanks for the chance to win :)

~ carol said...

Can't wait to try the granola bars and thank you for the giveaway offer!!! I sooooo need it!!!

Dina said...

Hi. I'm excited to try out some recipes for my 1 year old. Thanks!

Sally said...

I love her site & would love to have a cookbook to peruse:)

Sarah said...

I am seriously addicted to Weelicious! Her graham cracker recipe is our favorite and I'm so excited about her cookbook!

Kim said...

I love the weelicious recipes/lunch ideas. I'd love her cookbook. Thank you for this.

Melanie said...

I am so excited for this cookbook release! Catherine has been a great inspiration to me to stop making separate meals for my son and the adults and to try making the baby food for my 6mo old myself! Would love to win this book!

Laura Schaefer said...

I am a big weelicious fan! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

Kirstin said...

Every Weelicious recipe we've made has been a big hit. These bars are super yummy, and one of our favs!

shannon said...

SOOOO bored and need inspiration! Looks like a great cook book with fun ideas!

deangirlnj said...

Love Catherine! Excited to read the book :)

bottomskj said...

Would love to get my hands on this new cookbook! My kiddo would be so thankful!

Nic said...

This cookbook looks awesome!!! Can't wait to make these granola bars.

CuCa said...

I LOVE weelicious and would LOVE a cookbook even more!!

harley62 said...

Crossing my fingers! I am currently cooking for my toddler grandson 4 days a week hoping to instill good eating habits and would love to try some of these recipes!

harley62 said...

Crossing my fingers! I am currently cooking 4 days a week for my toddler grandson and hoping to instill in him a love of healthy food. I would love to try these recipes.

Melissa W. said...

Ooo I need this book! Looks great!

Jeanne S said...

I would love to have this cookbook. Can't wait to try the granola.

Monica Moore said...

I have a family of four and need help cooking for them so this cookbook would be PERFECT!!!!

Thinker said...

I would love to add this cookbook to my kitchen!

Tara D. said...

I love this recipe! I like to send my hubby to work with healthy snacks, so these are PERFECT! I'd love a copy of the book!

Tara D. said...

I'm always looking for healthy snacks for my hubby to take to work and these are PERFECT! I'd love a copy of the book!

Jody and Anthony said...
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Jody and Anthony said...

So yummy, yummy, yummy- Weelicious is so inspiring.

muki said...

Love granola bars. They truly can be lifesavers when my bloodsugar hits the rock bottom......Besides, nothing scarier than a hungry woman, that what my grandfather used to say:)

mhuffman said...

This recipe looks amazing and i will be trying it soon! And i would LOVE a cookbook!!!

Julie Rogers said...

Would LOVE to try these recipes---awesome giveaway!

hellomilly said...

wow looks good!! i hope i win :) thanks!

WinterSundays said...

Great recipe! Pleeeease pick me to win one of Weelicious cookbooks! In need of new yummy recipes for my family! :-)

Toqua's Crafts said...

This book looks WONDERFUL! I wish everyone good luck!

Mary B. said...

Healthy AND delicious? Sign me up!

Linda said...

Hi Siri, this recipe is great, I made it this morning, I made one substitute and that was to skip the coconut so instead I tossed in some raisin bran flake cereal. Everyone gives this recipe a thumbs up !!! Thanks to both you and Catherine.

Anonymous said...

This book looks great! I like the name of the book. What a concept! Sometimes, I feel like a short order cook and I know it doesn't have to be like this, but lack of planning works against me. Anyway, it looks awesome!

newlywed said...

Great recipe! Can't wait to check out this book!

barbara said...

These look so yummy!

Kate said...

Love all the weelicious recipes for family friendly cooking!

KatyMann said...

The granola bars look yum! It'd be an easy swap to make them any flavors you like.

Amanda C said...

I love Weelicious! It has completely changed how I feed my daughter.

Andrea N. said...

One dish for the whole family? Yes, please!

Sara said...

These granola bars look fabulous! I can't wait to try them. The fact that they are nut free is a big bonus as we are a nut free household. Thanks!

Carlie said...

This book looks great!! Thanks for the info and the giveaway.

Danielle said...

I would love this book for new meal ideas for my kids! Thanks for the giveaway!

Joel and Azure said...

This book looks so amazing! I can't wait to try it out!

Monica B said...

I am always looking for food inspiration. Bring it on.

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Nicole said...

The book looks awesome!

Nicole said...

The book looks awesome!

V & C said...

Congratulations in your book! I'll definitely be checking it out.

Lynn said...

Canola Oil is very unhealthy. Would coconut oil make a good substitution?

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Charlene said...

What an awesome giveaway! I'd love to win!

The Saucy Secretary said...

The book sounds great, but these granola bars sound even better! I think I may add some dried pineapple for a more hawaiian/piƱa colada flavor!

Noelle said...

With 2 growing boys (2&5) im in need of some yummy, healthy and quick recipes. The book looks fab and I would love it!

Amy Alexandria said...

I would love to win this cookbook! I can always use more inspiration in the kitchen when it comes to my kids!

Amy Alexandria said...

I would love to win this cookbook! I can always use more inspiration in the kitchen when it comes to my kids!

Laurel said...

I've been searching for an easy granola bar recipe to make for my kids sports team. Thanks! Would love to check out the book!

Georgia Pinter said...

Pick me! Pick me!

Lisa said...

As a new mom I would LOVE to win this book!

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