There’s nothing better than double chocolate granola bars. OK, maybe there are better things like cake, cookies, iced coffee…you get the picture. But, when it’s back-to-school time, and your kids (or you) are looking for easy snacks to make for the week, these are it. Double chocolate granola bars have a fun secret ingredient to make them taste so decadent. Let me share with you.
Here’s the secret ingredient. Sweetened condensed milk makes these so lovely, and it’s a great binder for the bars. Obviously, this isn’t a lactose-free recipe, but it sure is delicious.
To make the bars, you combine melted butter, rolled oats, melted dark chocolate, white chocolate chips, and that sweetened condensed milk. The best part of this recipe is that you’re free to add more items or switch out the secondary ingredients. Don’t like white chocolate? Use milk chocolate chips, or even M&Ms! Want to add some crunch? Half a cup of chopped nuts can be added without messing up the recipe. See? Easy!
Once the mixture is baked, immediately remove from the oven and cut into bars. Immediately. If you don’t cut them into bars right away, you’ll be stuck with a big granola bar. A tasty block, nonetheless, but a block indeed. Once they are cut, let them completely cool in the cookie sheet, then break apart.
Double Chocolate Granola Bars
(makes approximately 24 bars)
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup melted butter
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 4 ounce bar dark or semi-sweet chocolate, melted (used Baker’s Chocolate)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together oats and melted butter.
Pour in melted chocolate and milk, stir well.
Stir in chocolate chips.
On a well-greased 9×13 cookie sheet, evenly spread the granola mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until the brown on top.
Remove from the oven, and immediately cut into bars. Let the bars completely cool in the cookie sheet before removing.
Granola bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.