Finishing off this holiday baking season with Chocolate Chai Spice Crumble Bars!
It’s only 4 days until Christmas Day and this is probably my last cookie recipe for 2018! I still have a few Christmas cookie recipes to share, but December just flew by, so I guess I’ll just put those in my back pocket for next year. In the meantime, this is not my last post for the year. I have one more to share before Christmas that’s not cookie related, but perfect for Christmas Day or Boxing Day, depending on what type of meal you’re planning. So keep an eye for this recipe over the next day or two.
But for now, I should probably tell you all about these Chocolate Chai Spice Crumble Bars. These cookies may not be your typical festive cookie, especially compared to peppermint mocha fudge brownies or gingerbread cookie cups. But these bars are super delicious, and I think they might be my new favourite cookie this holiday season. They are easy, clean eating and super chocolatey! And the chai spice adds a subtle taste of Christmas without being overwhelming. So perfect for year-round enjoyment!
If you’ve never used chai spice, no worries, it’s new for me too! But the good news is that you can make your own chai spice using some simple spices you have in your pantry. It’s just a mix of cardamom, allspice, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. I use a recipe from Fit Foodie Finds. It’s a nice balance of spices, and makes enough for a few batches of these Chocolate Chai Spice Crumble Bars. 😉
Aside from the easy spice mix, my favourite part about these bars is definitely the dark chocolate/almond butter ganache in the middle. It’s so good sandwiched between the oatmeal crumble!
While these Chocolate Chai Spice Crumble Bars are categorized as dessert, they could just as easily be for breakfast. With all the oats, coconut, almond butter and honey, it’s kinda hard not to think of these as breakfast! I know they have lots of chocolate, but it’s the holiday season after all, so chocolate for breakfast is not only appropriate but required!
I have two batches of these made and ready to go in the freezer. So I’m totally prepared for impromptu gatherings or a lazy holiday morning with a large cup of coffee!
If you give these a whirl over the holidays, be sure to let me know how it goes in the comments below. Or take a pic and post it to Instagram. Just tag @crumbtopbaking so I’ll see it!Print
Chocolate Chai Spice Crumble Bars
Chocolate Chai Spice Crumble Bars are loaded with oats, coconut, almond butter, honey and chai spice, and have a delicious dark chocolate ganache filling! So good, you won’t be able to resist eating dessert for breakfast!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 16 bars
- Category: Dessert
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup coconut, shredded and unsweetened
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tsp chai spice (see note)
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1-1/2 cups mini dark chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp almond butter
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch square pan.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the oats, coconut, sugar, chai spice and salt and stir until combined.
- In a microwave safe bowl, stir together the almond butter and honey until smooth. (If your almond butter is thick, you may need to microwave the almond butter/honey mixture for 30 seconds).
- Add the almond butter/honey mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. You may need to get your hands in there to ensure the dry ingredients are well incorporated.
- Add just over half of the oatmeal crumble mixture to the prepared pan, and press down to form a firm bottom layer.
- In a small microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and almond butter and microwave in 20 second intervals until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir the chocolate in between intervals. This may take 3-4 intervals.
- Pour the chocolate over the oatmeal crumble layer and spread until evenly distributed. Sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture over the chocolate and press down lightly. Don’t worry if the crumble doesn’t completely cover the top.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan. You may wish to drizzle some additional melted dark chocolate over the bars. This is totally optional, but I think it adds a nice finishing touch. Once fully cooled, cut into bars and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze for later enjoyment.
- The chai spice recipe is from Fit Foodie Finds.