Fudgy Granola Bars #SundaySupper

Fudgy Granola Bars

So it’s just about April Fool’s Day. Are you into pulling pranks? Or has anyone ever pulled one on you?

Pranks aren’t for me. I really don’t like to be fooled, scared, or embarrassed like that, and I don’t enjoy doing it to other people. Of course, I don’t really want to take the time and effort to pull off a really great prank either.

Fudgy Granola Bars

I often think things like pranks are rather mean. Sure, they’re a great laugh for those in on the joke, but for the person or people on the other side … it’s not so funny. I can think of a few pranks other people have pulled on friends or family, and I still think they were so mean.

Mom and I have joked around with Dad a little. We bought this super expensive piece of jewelry today. Hahaha. He isn’t really phased by it because either he doesn’t really care or he doesn’t believe we’d actually do it, or both.

Maybe I just need a more exciting personality.

Fudgy Granola Bars

I am tricking you all a bit today, but rest assured, it’s a delicious trick. These Fudgy Granola Bars look like they are super chocolaty, but they are not. Instead they are made with carob powder.

You still get that rich, slightly bitter flavor without a drop of chocolate. Pretty cool trick, huh?

Plus, these no bake granola bars come together in no time, are gluten free, and are super healthy. Get ready for a breakfast or snack that feels indulgent but is secretly so good for you. So you’ll be fooling your taste buds too.

Fudgy Granola Bars

Fudgy Granola Bars #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients

2 ½ cups quick cooking oats (gluten free, if necessary)

1 cup Rice Krispies (gluten free, if necessary)

½ cup walnuts

½ cup honey

¾ cup almond butter

¼ cup olive oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla

½ cup carob powder

Instructions

Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.

In a large microwave safe bowl, combine honey, almond butter, and olive oil. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for 1 minute more.

Stir in the vanilla and carob powder. Add the oats, Rice Krispies, and walnuts. Stir until everything is fully combined.

Pour mixture into the prepared pan and press down firmly. Refrigerate for about 2 hours until firm. Cut into bars. Bars may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour or in the microwave about 30 seconds.

Notes

Additional cooling time is necessary

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Comments

  1. Laura says:

    I am not a big prank person, I have actually never played one before and have never really liked them being pulled on my. But these tasty bars look like the kind of ‘prank’ I can get my head around.

  2. Liz says:

    They DO look rich and chocolaty!!!

  3. Sue Lau says:

    Great idea for a carob recipe!

  4. Shaina says:

    Mmmm I love homemade granola bars. They’re even better when fudgy!

  5. Oh wow, you sure fooled me! I’ve never heard of carob powder but I’d love to give these a try!

  6. These look amazing! I love the granola idea in these fudgy bars!

  7. Sarah says:

    yum! I could go for one of these right now!

  8. I don’t do the prank thing either but fooling with food today was fun! Your granola looks rich and chocolaty!

  9. Carob always tricks me! I bite in expecting chocolate and get…carob. Still yummy, but not what I’m expecting.

    • Laura says:

      Though I haven’t had chocolate in a long time because of my allergy, I actually think carob tastes a lot like chocolate. In most of the recipes I make, I don’t think anyone could tell the difference.

  10. Debbie Eccard says:

    Well, as you know, your Uncle Scott loves practical joking on April Fool’s Day. He has gotten a few people including my friend Anna. Nothing mean though, just funny. She’s ready this year so he won’t be able to pull it off. Two years ago we said we were in the parking lot at her work to take her for a coffee and of course we weren’t. Last year he told her I was in the parking lot to take her to lunch and she thought we were kidding but I was there. We all laughed! So some are great surprises…like these granola bars. Thanks for the cute post.

  11. Beth says:

    Great tie-in to April Fool’s Day!

  12. I want to come up with some good pranks!! I always forget to 🙂 Love the granola bars!

  13. Ala says:

    Haha, I’m just usually not big and bold enough to go through with a prank. I usually end up chickening out at the last minute 😉 oh well. I’m with you on this one though–fudgy granola bars for us, please!

  14. Oooh I like that you use rice cereal in here! These would be a hit with my in-laws.

  15. yeah I don’t love pranks (Michael however ADORES them, esp, for April Fools Day. *sigh* lol)

    These granola bars look sooo delicious! I love all the ways you’ve been able to use carob!

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