Chewy Coconut Granola Bars

So I promised you chocolate today.  And I have granola bars.  Chewy coconut granola bars!  But I did slather chocolate on top of them so I didn’t lie.  I was actually planning on something a little more decadent, but then my kids loved these bars so much that I needed to make them again to get the recipe the way I wanted.  And then I figured I might as well share them with all of you!

If I’m making something twice in a matter of 4 days, then that probably means that it needs to be shared, right?  And these granola bars definitely needed to be shared.  I think I’ve finally found a go to chewy granola bar recipe, that I’m already envisioning many different varieties of!  AND, it’s nut free!!

Chewy Coconut Granola Bars - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

Maybe that doesn’t matter to all of you, and believe me, I love peanut butter and nuts in granola bars as much as the next person, but I can’t send it to school in my kids lunches.  So I needed a good nut free version.  And I wanted one that wasn’t loaded with butter and sugar instead.  That’s been hard to come by.

But this is it.  Nut free, pretty low sugar, and half of it is honey.  And coconut oil instead of butter.  And you could totally skip the chocolate on top if you want them to be even healthier, but it’s dark chocolate so that’s basically a health food.  At least that’s how I justify it.  Join me.  It means more chocolate.

Chewy Coconut Granola Bars - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

Chewy Coconut Granola Bars
Yield: 20 granola bars
 
Note: These bars need quick cooking oats, if you only have rolled oats then give them a quick pulse in the food processor to break them down a bit, or the bars will likely fall apart. Also, the chocolate on these bars is a very thin layer on top, not quite reaching the very edges if you spread it. If you want a thicker layer you could double the amount of chocolate used, or you could just drizzle it across the bars. I toasted my oats and coconut, but you don’t need to bother if you don’t want to, it just adds a little more flavour!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 oz (60 g) dark chocolate, chopped
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the oats and the coconut on a baking sheet and toast for 5-7 minutes. Let cool and transfer to a large bowl. Prepare a 9x13 inch baking pan by spraying it lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the coconut oil, honey and brown sugar. Heat, stirring until melted. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly and boil for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Pour the sugar mixture into the oats and coconut and stir until evenly combined. Press the mixture into the prepared pan, pressing down very firmly. I like to lay a sheet of wax paper over the bars and press down with a metal flipper to get it as compact as possible so they don’t fall apart.
  4. Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup and microwave on 50% power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until just about melted. Let it melt the last little bit just by stirring, don’t overheat the chocolate or it will seize. Spread the chocolate over the bars, or drizzle it over top. Allow to cool for at least 2 hours at room temperature before cutting into bars. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for 4-5 days.
Notes
Source: Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

 

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Comments

    • stacey says

      Thanks Kelly! I’m kind of in love with that combination too, finding myself putting coconut and chocolate in everything lately! These didn’t last too long here!

  1. says

    Uhmmmm, chocolate is is *definitely* a health food, so I’m pretty sure you did us all a favor with that dreamy addition! These look fantastic, I can’t wait to try them.

  2. says

    My hubby and I find ourselves in the car quite a bit for little road-trips…this would be a perfect little munchy while we’re traveling. Love this recipe, especially the addition of the dark chocolate!

  3. Bonnie Schnitter says

    hi Stacey! I am definitely going to try these granola bars. I love coconut and chocolate so look forward to trying them.

  4. says

    great recipe Stacey! I’m going to try these and send them off to school with my son. So much healthier than the processed store bought ones!

    • stacey says

      Exactly. I don’t feel bad about the bit of chocolate on top when at least they aren’t full of tons of sugar and chemicals! And the kids love ’em, so it’s a treat! Hope you like them, thanks!

    • stacey says

      They really are aren’t they? Always makes me happy to make them from scratch instead of buying a box! Thanks Catalina!

    • stacey says

      Thanks Jen! Coconut and chocolate are one of my favourite combinations! They just go so well together! Hope you like them!

  5. says

    I love making granola bars at home! This sounds fantastic – and I know it’s got to be good if you’ve made them again in that short a time!

    • stacey says

      Yup that’s usually a good way to gauge if something is good or not, how quickly you make a second batch! Thanks Ashley!

    • stacey says

      Yum, chocolate PB is the best for granola bars, but I can’t send them to school so needed to come up with something else! Thanks Michele!

    • stacey says

      Thanks Gayle! I have a hard time NOT adding chocolate to granola bars, they’re just not quite complete without it! And coconut and chocolate just belong together!

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