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Healthy Chewy Coconut & Date Granola Bars

  • Author: Lauren
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 granola bars 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These healthy chewy granola bars naturally sweetened, packed with whole grains, healthy fats and plant protein. They can easily be made vegan and gluten-free as well.


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Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flax seeds
  • 1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • ¼ cup honey or pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate (optional)

Instructions

Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray.

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine oats and almonds on a baking sheet and toast in oven for 10 minutes; transfer to a large bowl. Add coconut to baking sheet and toast until golden, 3 minutes; transfer to bowl with oats and add chia seeds.

Process dates in a food processor until a thick paste-like ball forms. Break ball apart then continue to process until paste forms around sides of bowl. Combine date mixture, peanut butter, honey, salt, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until combined, about 2 minutes. Off heat, stir in vanilla.

Add date mixture to oat mixture and mix until thoroughly combined (set down the spoon and get your hands dirty, this is a sticky mixture). Transfer mixture to prepared dish and press into an even layer.

In a double boiler (glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water), melt chocolate until smooth, drizzle or spread over bars. Chill bars at least 1 hour before cutting.

Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


Notes

Make these vegan: use pure maple syrup instead of honey and use vegan chocolate

Make these gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free oats and use certified gluten-free chocolate

Nutritional analysis calculated without chocolate.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 428
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Sodium: 79mg
  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 55g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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