Healthy Double Chocolate Granola Bar Bites
Yields: 25 granola bar bites
 
These granola bars are perfect for anyone who loves chocolate! They’re soft and chewy, and they have a really rich flavor, yet not too sweet and similar to 72% dark chocolate. These granola bar bites are perfect for breakfasts, snacks, or any time you’re craving chocolate! They’ll keep for at least one week if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F, and coat an 8”-square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites. Stir in the Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and salt, mixing until thoroughly combined. Stir in the cocoa powder, smearing our any lumps along the side of the bowl. Stir in the rice cereal and oats. Gently fold in 1 ½ tablespoons of miniature chocolate chips.
  3. Gently press the mixture into the prepared pan using a spatula, and gently press the remaining chocolate chips into the top. Bake at 300°F for 11-14 minutes or until the center feels firm to the touch. Cool completely to room temperature in the pan before slicing into squares.
Notes: I recommend using the regular kind of unsweetened cocoa powder, like this. Dutched or special dark cocoa powder has a more muted, not quite as rich flavor in this recipe.

This is the brown rice cereal that I use. Regular crisp rice cereal (like Rice Krispies) may be substituted for the brown rice cereal. In a pinch, lightly crushed rice pocket cereal may also be substituted.

Instant oats may be substituted for the old-fashioned oats. Do not substitute steel-cut oats.

Remember to measure the cocoa powder and oats correctly, using this method or a kitchen scale. (← That’s the one I own and love!) Too much of either ingredient will dry out the batter, and the ingredients won’t fully incorporate. Too much cocoa powder will also make your granola bar bites taste bitter. If this happens to you, then add 1-2 tablespoons of milk (any type will work!) until all of the ingredients can be fully incorporated.

Honey or agave may be substituted for the pure maple syrup.

I do not recommend substituting regular-sized chocolate chips. Their bigger size causes the granola bar bites to fall apart. If you only have regular-sized chocolate chips, then chop them with a knife first!

{gluten-free, clean eating, low fat}
Recipe by Amy's Healthy Baking at https://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2018/08/21/double-chocolate-granola-bar-bites/