Recipe: Espresso Chocolate Chip Granola Bars


three homemade granola bars on a plate

Yum Butter is a brand of nut butters from right here in Madison, Wisconsin, and they make lots of weird and wonderful flavor combinations. Usually I make my own nut butters in my Vitamix, but one of my friends gave me a fancy espresso-chocolate peanut butter that they make, and I decided to try it in granola bars. Yum!

Chocolate, coffee, peanut butter—three of my favorite things, all in one snack! What could be better?

If you like this recipe—or if coffee isn’t your style—check out my other granola bar recipes.

Yields 16 bars

Serves 16


Espresso Chocolate Granola Bars

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

Save RecipeSave Recipe
Recipe Image


  • 2½  cups rolled oats (old-fashioned or quick style)
  • 1/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup raisins or chopped prunes
  • ¾ cup Yumbutter Chocolate Espresso Peanut Spread
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons butter (I used salted)


  1. Mix all dry ingredients (*oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, chopped almonds, chocolate chips* and raisins) together in a bowl.
  2. Heat honey, Yumbutter, and butter together on the stove on low heat, or in microwave until butter is melted and mixture warm. (Took two 30 second sessions in my microwave.) Stir until smooth. Then mix in applesauce.
  3. Pour syrup mixture into dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Press into the bottom of a greased 9" x 12" baking dish.
  5. Score into bar shapes. (I do 16 bars per pan.)
  6. Bake about 15 minutes in a 350ºF oven.
  7. Let cool completely before removing bars from pan. Recut along the lines you scored before baking, then remove pieces from baking dish.


Let cool completely before removing bars from pan. If you try to remove them when warm, they will fall apart.



283 cal


12 g


41 g


5 g
Click Here For Full Nutrition, Exchanges, and My Plate Info

Leave a comment

%d bloggers like this: