Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Granola Bars You’d think I’d be over the season difference after living in the Southern Hemisphere for almost two years but….I’m not.

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (10) It still really bugs me that I can’t have my cake and eat it too. What I mean is that the weather changing is making me want to get ready for the holiday season which, I still can’t seem to make my little North Hem head grasp, is not until summer here.

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (4) It’s really annoying but I think you’re all probably sick of hearing this rant over and over so I’ll stop. Just know that if you’re up north thinking it’s weird to be posting pomegranates in April, it’s much weirder for me to be doing it.

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (5) Anyway, annoyance aside, I don’t have a lot to say today. I’ve still had that stupid cold/flu thing all weekend and I may be even crankier about that now than I was on friday and it’s been really rainy and gloomy too which doesn’t help. Considering that, I should probably focus on these bars so I don’t start typing things I’ll regret later in my crankiness.

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (3) So these bars were a kind of spur of the moment thing. I happened to be working on some other recipes that just weren’t happening and I decided to make these as plan B since plan A was taking way too long.

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (9) They are chewy and a little bit crumbly but in a desirable way if that makes any since. Not like those granola bars that feel like biting wood or something. No, these are soft and yummy.

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (7) At first, I meant for these to be no-bake but I realized that the addition of fresh fruit makes them a bit too wet to stick together without a little hang out time the oven. I wouldn’t change it though, because I love the way the fresh arils add tartness that you wouldn’t get from the dried fruit that’s common usually in granola bars. Plus, the oven time gives them a bit of a toasty flavor that is so good.

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (8) What makes this recipe a win win is that it’s so easy, even with the bake time, and it’s perfect for breakfast or snacking or even a healthy dessert. Although if you’re gonna do the dessert thing I’d say frozen yogurt should be involved. Maybe that’s why these bars are so crumbly.

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (6)

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Granola Bars


  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 C) and line a 13x9 inch glass pan with parchment.
  2. Mix first 5 ingredients in a medium, microwave safe bowl or saucepan and warm until all is melted.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well then pour mixture into pan and press down until very tightly packed in an even layer.
  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until edges are golden. Remove bars and cool for at least 1 hour before serving. For best results chill in freezer for about 1 hour before cutting.
  5. Store in air-tight container at room temp for up to 3 days or in fridge for up to a week.

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  1. Loretta says

    Hi, For the “Old Fashioned Oatmeal” -are you using already cooked oatmeal with the old fashioned rolled oats or do you mean uncooked rolled oats? Thank you

    • Tori says

      I mean uncooked rolled oats. Sorry if that was confusing. Many of my ingredients are labeled in Spanish so I sometimes forget the best way to right them in English. Thanks Loretta!


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