Five-Ingredient Fridays: Sweet and Salty Granola Bars

Chocolate chips and salted pretzels create a perfect balance of flavors in these sweet and salty granola bars. You will love these crunchy granola bars that are made with only 5 ingredients!

Sweet and Salty Granola Bars

There is one thing that I can always rely on being in my bag: snacks! I may forget my phone or wallet, but never snacks.

I fancy myself an aficionado of snacking, but I’m probably just thinking too highly of my taste buds.

Sweet and Salty Granola Bars

Over the years, I have powered through so many boxes of granola bars that I can separate the wheat from the chaff. I’ve been loving salted chocolate granola bars lately, so I decided to take a stab at making my own this week.

Initially, I planned to add whole chocolate chips into the granola bars. Without thinking, I mixed freshly toasted oats and chocolate chips together.  I quickly realized my mistake when I saw the tiny chocolate pyramids melted into a creamy mush. As it turns out, I think the melted chips were better for distributing chocolate flavor in the granola bars. Don’t you love it when kitchen mistakes lead to dishes that are better than you envisioned?

I decided to use brown rice syrup in this recipe after Marissa at Pinch & Swirl introduced it to me earlier this month. Brown rice syrup is natural, vegan, and gluten-free and works well as a sugar substitute for baking. As with all other sweeteners, however, I would use it sparingly in my cooking.

These granola bars were surprisingly light, and their taste reminded me of chocolate-covered cracker jacks–just healthier!

Sweet and Salty Granola Bars
 
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Chocolate chips and salted pretzels create a perfect balance of flavors in these sweet and salty granola bars.
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Recipe type: snacks
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 1 and 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 and 1/4 cups salted pretzel sticks
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Line a 8 x 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Set that aside.
  2. Spread out the rolled oats onto the lined baking sheet and toast them in the oven for about 15 minutes. You can skip this step. I enjoy the flavor of toasted oats in granola bars, so that's why I gave the oats more oven time.
  3. In a large bowl, snap the pretzel sticks into small pieces with your hands. Don't worry if the pretzel bits are different sizes--we're not striving for perfection here.
  4. Toss in the sliced almonds and chocolate chips and stir. Once the rolled oats are toasted, add them to the bowl. The chocolate chips will start melting, which is exactly what you want. If you prefer eating whole chocolate chips, wait until the rolled oats have fully cooled off before mixing with chocolate
  5. Add the brown rice syrup and mix until well incorporated.
  6. Pour the mixture into the 8 x 8 inch dish. Because this mixture is quite sticky, use another small piece of parchment paper to help you press down and spread the mixture evenly.
  7. Bake the granola bars for about 20 minutes.
  8. Let them cool completely (about 25-30 minutes) before cutting into them. I found it easier to lift the whole thing out of the baking dish, parchment paper and all, and slicing the bars on top of a chopping board
  9. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
1. If you don't have brown rice syrup on hand, feel free to substitute it with other liquid sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar.
2. You can make these vegan by using vegan pretzel sticks and chocolate chips.
3. If prefer thinner crunchy granola bars, use a larger baking dish (such as a 9 x 13 inch one) and reduce the baking time by a few minutes.


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Comments

    • LisaLisa says

      Thanks, Katie! I’m a sucker for chocolate covered pretzels, so I knew I had to create a recipe with them. By the way, if you prefer thinner crunchy granola bars, use a larger baking dish for baking these. Hope you enjoy this!

    • LisaLisa says

      Thanks for stopping by, Teresa! Let me know how these bars turn out if you try this recipe. I’ve only seen honey sold at farmers markets, so I’m not sure if you will find brown rice syrup there. I got my brown rice syrup from Whole Foods, and I think other similar supermarkets should carry them.

    • LisaLisa says

      You’re welcome Giselle! I definitely think that you can pull of BOTH the trail mix and these granola bars. I hope this recipe works out for you!

    • LisaLisa says

      Thanks Julia!!!! I definitely want to redesign the blog more, but I’ll do it a little bit at a time. I didn’t know you had a blog, too!

  1. says

    They look amazing! I made some cereal bars a few months ago and they wouldn’t stick together haha. It was a mess but the taste was pretty good :) I’ll try to make these some day.

    • LisaLisa says

      Thanks, Raquel! I bet those cereal bars you made still tasted delicious! Let me know what you think of these granola bars when you get a chance to make them!

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