Simply Healthy Family: Chocolate Cherry Chunk Bars #RecipeRedux


Chocolate Cherry Chunk Bars #RecipeRedux

Question, what do you feed a mob of hungry kids at 3:17 p.m. after "working really hard all day long at school"?

Answer:  Home made Chocolate Cherry Chunk Bars served with a big glass of ice cold milk and sealed with a kiss.  Love mom.

You all know by know that store bought granola bars are not health food right? Right. Well, anything made in Mystery, Who Knows Where and packaged in a box with an ingredient list only chemists can decipher is probably not something we should be eating, however convenient it may be. I hate that excuse. Sure it can be argued that there are a few healthier varieties of packaged snacks out there but the whole year or more shelf life thing of a granola bar disturbs me.

I literally tossed a handful of ingredients in a bowl, mixed, pressed into a baking dish and bam. My house smells like toasted, cinnamony oats and nuts and warm cherries. Oh, they were really yummy too.

Snack emergency, solved.

The best part, you can use whatever nuts, seeds and dried fruit you have in your pantry. Substitute almond butter for sunflower seed butter if there is a nut allergy issue. Pureed dates or maple syrup can be used instead of honey. The possibilities are endless.

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Oat, Nut and Seed Bars

TIME     30 MINUTES        YIELDS     14-16 BARS

You Will Need:
1 1/2 cups of whole grain oats
1 1/2 cup chopped almonds, cashews or other nuts
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup local, Organic honey
*1/4 cup hemp hearts (optional)
1 cup almond or sunflower butter
1 teaspoon ground (Saigon) cinnamon
1 teaspoon real vanilla
1 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
parchment paper or coconut oil for brushing pan 

Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare an 8 x 11 baking dish with parchment or brush with coconut oil. 
Coarsely chop nuts. Add them and remaining ingredients except chocolate chips to a large bowl and mix to combine. 
Press the mixture into the prepared pan using your hands or a spatula. Cook for 15 minutes then pull out of oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips, cook for another 15 minutes. Yes, you can just mix them into the batter if you please. We thought they looked fun and had more chocolate 'power' with them scattered on top. 


Hemp Hearts are full of protein with 10 grams of complete plant-based protein per 30 gram (3 tablespoons) serving size. Hemp Hearts are also a great way to add omegas or EFAs (essential fatty acids) to your diet. Hemp Hearts contain more protein and Omega-6 & 3 and less carbs than a similar serving of Chia or Flax.

You can eat them right out of the bag and add them to baked goods, yogurt, smoothies, salads and more.

I love Coaches Oats which are much healthier than quick cooking varieties yet faster than steel cut.



  1. I'm a huge fan of the chocolate cherry combo. These sound heavenly! I've never heard of hemp hearts. I'll have to look for them.

    1. If you can't find them locally please get them through the link on my recipe :)

  2. You're absolutely right! It's so easy to make granola bars at home so why buy those overpriced, "mysterious" ones at the store? Plus it's super fun to experiment with diff flavor combos. Love the addition of hemp hearts, and of course, dark chocolate chips are always a good addition ;)

  3. chocolate chips, cherries, almond butter and almonds..I'm already in love without trying it! I'm part of the "21st posting group" for RR and I never usually see the other group's link-up, so I'm glad I did this month!
    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

  4. I've never found a packaged granola bar recipe worth eating more than one bite! Your bars look so much better. And now I need to hunt down some hemp hearts :)

  5. And best mom ever award goes to....

    :) These look awesome.

  6. I love Saigon cinnamon I'll bet these taste out of this world! I need to find out more about hemp hearts too!


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