Secret Ingredient Brookie Granola Bars

Calling all busy families, picky eaters, and protein-powered peeps! It’s time to drop the sugary, candy-bar-in-disguise granola bars & swap in a simple, better-for-you alternative. Our Secret Ingredient Brookie Granola Bars are not only delicious, easy to make, & perfect for lunch boxes & carpool snacking, but they also pack a punch of plant-based protein from a surprising ingredient—black beans! 

We’ve paired the flavors of two classic desserts, ooey, gooey brownies & chocolate chip cookies to bring you a granola bar that is certain to trick even the most finicky foodie into thinking they’re indulging in a delicious dessert at snacktime.  

So ditch the store-bought bars packed with hidden nasties and give these brookie granola bars a try. Plus, with just a few simple swaps, you can customize these bars to suit any dietary need or flavor preference (we love swapping black beans for chickpeas & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola for Birthday Cake Granola for a delicious cake batter bar).

Ready to step up snacking on the go & school lunches. Let's bake!

What You’ll Need…

  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed (about 1.5 cups)
  • ½ cup sunflower butter
  • ¼ cup agave
  • ¼ cup mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder + ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup dairy free chocolate chips

What You’ll Do…

  1. In a food processor, combine beans, binder, sunflower butter, banana, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth.
  2.  Add the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola, cocoa powder, and brown rice flour and pulse to combine.
  3. Check the consistency. If spreadable, stir in the chocolate chips. If it’s too dry, add ¼ cup of water & pulse until you reach a spreadable consistency and stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Grease 13×9 pan with baking spray or rub with 1 tablespoon oil, then spread mixture into pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
  6. Cut into desired granola bar shape and size. Enjoy!