Whoa, can you believe I went an entire month without a recipe post here on xo.Janiecy.xo? Yeah I'm pretty surprised as well. They are my favourite posts to write. Anyway today I want to share with you the perfect back to school recipe. In an attempt to share more heath conscience recipes I came up with my own take on double chocolate granola bars. Okay so I know that that the chocolate in this recipe isn't the healthiest choice but you can easily swap out the chocolate chips for peanuts and forego the cocoa powder. This recipe is completely customizable. So without further ado here's what you need.

2 1/2 cup Old Fashion Oats
1/4 cup Coca Powder
1/2 cup Chopped Almonds
1/3 cup Honey
1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Dried Cherries
1/4 cup Coconut Flakes

 In a medium mixing bowl coat the oats with the cocoa powder together, then add the chopped almonds. 

Now in a small sauce pan combine the honey, butter, brown sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Once the mixture has reduced add it the medium bowl with the oats and the almonds. Mix well, this is how the bars will hold their shape.

Next fold in the cherries and about 1/3 of the chocolate chips; the rest will be melted and used for the top. Then transfer the oat mixture to a nonstick pan. Next using either a spatula or the palm of you hand firmly press the mixture into the pan. Press well so that your bars hold their shape. Refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes.
While the oat mixture is being refrigerated melt the remaining chocolate chips using whatever method your preferred. My go to is the double boiling method where you place the chocolate in one heat-resistant bowl and then with a pot of boiling water underneath you melt the chocolate. See this pinterest post for a more detailed explanation.

Once the pat mixture has chilled and began to set, pour the melted chocolate over top and sprinkle with coconut flakes. Cover your pan and refrigerate over night. If you can't wait that long to snack on these delicious bars, refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Remember the longer you let them set the easier it will be to cut them and have them hold their shape.

Once they have set completely cut them into whatever shape your desire and enjoy. Be sure to store them in an air tight container and feel free to keep them in your fridge for a more solid feel or if you'd like store them at room temp and enjoy a softer delight.

Let me know what you think of this recipe. Despite the amount of steps involved they were pretty easy to make. I already have a few other variations in mind that I can't wait to share. I'm thinking apple pie or maybe a pumpkin pecan version. Let me know if you'd be interested in either of those. As usual if you try out this recipe for yourself don't forget to tweet a picture or tag me so that I can like and favourite your creation.