Dark Chocolate and Cherry Homemade Granola Bars

Dark Chocolate and Cherry Granola Bars - this homemade granola bar recipe is full of wholesome ingredients. It's gluten free and is a toddler approved snack. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

I knew I wanted to make cherry homemade granola bars for weeks now, it’s why I dehydrated a mini batch of cherries (check out How To Dehydrate Cherries). It’s been a hot summer, and my kitchen is unbearable so I also wanted these to be no bake.

I finally had the opportunity to put everything together, I had a sleeping toddler and a clean house. It was finally time to try making these bars, but I wasn’t 100% on the best method. I make a no bake cookie out of Shakeology often, and it uses oats, honey and peanut butter. It tastes amazing, so I knew I wanted to go along the same path to make the bars bind. (On a side note, if you’re a Shake-O user and have never made the no-bake cookies, do it tonight! You’re getting a days worth of fruits, veggies and amazing super-food nutrition in a cookie.)

Dark Chocolate and Cherry Granola Bars - this homemade granola bar recipe is full of wholesome ingredients. It's gluten free and is a toddler approved snack. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

When I was opting my ingredients, I chose slivered almonds for two very important and highly scientific reasons:

  1. I had some I needed to use up
  2. It’s easier for my two year old to chew.

Whole almonds work just as well and would look nice in the bars. I also almost put coconut in them as well, maybe next time. I’m thinking about a dark chocolate and coconut granola bar next time around.

If you don’t have any cherries to dehydrate, use a dried fruit of choice – raisins would work well here.

Dark Chocolate and Cherry Granola Bars - this homemade granola bar recipe is full of wholesome ingredients. It's gluten free and is a toddler approved snack. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

Another note: line your baking pan with either parchment paper or foil. Not only does it make clean up easier, but it’s easy to transport the bars in and out to cut. Be sure to check out these peanut butter recipes too!

Dark Chocolate Cherry Homemade Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup dehydrated cherries How To Dehydrate Cherries In The Oven
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in bowl.
  2. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper or foil.
  3. Press the granola mixture into the pan and place in the freezer for 1-2 hours or until set.
  4. At this point you can cut into bars and individually wrap if desired.
  5. Enjoy!

Macros: Carbs (21g) Fat (13g) Protein (7g)

Want more cherry recipes? Check these out:
How To Dehydrate Cherries In The Oven

Cherry Popsicles

Cherry Lemonade Muffins

How To Freeze Cherries and Not Have Them Stick

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10 comments on “Dark Chocolate and Cherry Homemade Granola Bars”

  1. yum! those sound really really good! I need more time for stuff like this!

  2. These looks SO delicious and healthy. I can’t wait to make some with my kids.

  3. Now that looks delicious, and even better knowing that it’s also healthy.

  4. I’m drolling over these! I’ll have to try making them. I’m allergic to almonds. Do you think I could substitute something else for them?

  5. You had me at dark chocolate… cherry just made it better. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Are these baked in the oven? Put in the fridge? It says “place in the feature”…

  8. mMmmm, the Dark Chocolate and Cherry combo sounds amazing !

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