Crunchy Oatmeal Chocolate Granola Bars and Road Trip

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Crunchy Granola Bars We are getting ready to hit the road for Santiago but I wanted to post this recipe first. It’s a long drive so I have been planning ahead and prepping road trip snacks so hopefully we don’t have to stop for food. Stopping for food here with a group of eight usually takes way longer than it’s worth. Not only do they not have fast food restaurants, but the concept of taking food with you to eat later (para llevar) is very foreign here. They are kind of big on their meal times in Spanish culture. So, since we won’t be driving through at Mickey D’s, (I’m actually kind of glad about that) I’m packing a variety of snacks. Even if you have access to fast food you may still want some road trip food ideas.

I packed: Hard boiled eggs, ham/turkey and pb&j sandwiches, washed and cut veggies: Broccoli, Cauliflower, carrots, and zucchini, garlic hummus (I will post the recipe soon) to go with our veggies and Homemade Wheat Thins, apples, bananas, blueberries, yogurt, nuts, chips, juice-box-style milk, water jugs with plastic cups, and of course these granola bars.

These taste really good but they are a little crumbly for the younger kids to eat in the car. I think I would tweak the recipe next time. They will still be appreciated later even if they are a little messy. I hope to be able to post on our trip, but internet service is iffy here even if you aren’t traveling so I may not be able to post everyday.

Crunchy Oatmeal Chocolate Granola Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 16 Bars

Crunchy Oatmeal Chocolate Granola Bars


  • 4 cups old fashioned or quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 Tbs. flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon molasses or liquid Chancaca
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup oil of choice (I used sunflower oil)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate


  1. Combine oats, flour, coconut, flax seeds, and salt in medium bowl. In separate bowl, combine sugar, peanut butter, molasses, vanilla, honey, and oil. Mix all ingredients together until evenly wet.
  2. Press tightly into greased 13x9 inch pan using something with a smooth flat bottom.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees F for 35 - 40 minutes until dry
  4. When completely cool cut into desired size


What snacks do you pack for your road trips?

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