Chewy Coconut Granola Bars #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Psst: This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own. 

Working from home can be a lonely business. Day in and day out, I’m home alone with nobody to talk to but the dog. To give myself some time around real people (not to mention a change of scenery), I try to go work in a coffee shop once or twice a week. I’m usually there between meals, and after a few hours of writing, my stomach is usually rumbling. I could buy a pastry, but they’re so packed with butter and sugar that it doesn’t seem wise to indulge twice a week. So instead, I buy another chai or coffee, and break out a homemade snack, like these chewy coconut granola bars.

Chewy Coconut Granola Bars

I’m not the only one loving these granola bars. Since Dan is constantly on-the-go at work, he likes to keep some of these in his office for those brief moments when he can sit down at his desk. They’re an afternoon snack that the whole family can love!

And when you make your own granola bars, you can have total control over the ingredients. This mean no artificial ingredients, no high fructose corn syrup and a whole lot less saturated fat. Here, coconut oil provides the binding fat in place of butter.  Instead of high fructose corn syrup or loads of white sugar, these bars call for honey and just a little brown sugar. Plus, in addition to the usual oats, I’ve added flax and chia seeds o provide a little extra boost of fiber, omega-3s and antioxidants.

Coconut Oat Granola Bars

They’re super easy to freeze, too, which means you don’t have to worry about eating them all before they go stale. Here’s how to do it.

Chewy Coconut Granola Bars

Yield: 12 bars

Chewy Coconut Granola Bars

These chewy granola bars make a great afternoon snack for nearly anyone, kids or adults alike! If you don't have any rye flakes, you can substitute in another cup of oats.

Ingredients

  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup rye flakes (see headnote)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaky coconut
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x9" baking pan with parchment paper, and grease the paper with a little oil or butter.
  2. Stir together the oats, rye flakes, walnuts, coconut, flax seeds and chia seeds.
  3. Heat the honey, almond butter, coconut oil and brown sugar together in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the honey just begins to bubble. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until all the dry ingredients are completely coated. This will take a minute or two.
  5. Press the granola into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top. Lay another piece of parchment paper over the top, pressing down to solidify the bars. It helps if you can weigh the bars down with another baking pan, to really help them stick together.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before slicing.

Make Ahead and Storage

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Buffalo Chex Mix

Buffalo Snack Mix

I’m having so much fun with Savvy Game Night! The third review goes up tomorrow, and these weekly reviews mean that I have no excuse to not play board games on a regular basis. Dan and I have been swapping out TV time for game time on a lot of our weeknights, and having new and old friends over on the weekends for game nights.

Since at least 3/4 of the social events we host at our house are game nights, I’ve been on the search for new dishes I can serve that are board game friendly. The requirements:

1. The food can’t be too messy – we don’t want to risk getting crumbs or sauce all over the pieces and cards.

2. They must be able to be eaten in small bites (no juggling to put your slider down so you can take your turn) or by the handful, so you can eat while you wait for your turn to come back around.

3. They must fit on small plates or in a bowl, so you don’t have to clear room on the game table for the dishes.

By far one of the easiest snacks to serve is homemade snack mix. It meets all of the requirements, and can be made in a big batch so that there’s plenty for everyone, even if you have a big group or two game nights back-to-back. Plus, the leftovers are easy to take to the office (in Dan’s case) or to eat at a desk while working (my situation).

Buffalo Snack Mix | Savvy Eats

I was getting a little bored with the standard Chex mix seasoning, so I decided to spice it up, literally, and make a buffalo version. It adds a lot of flavor, without a lot of mess. It is definitely a winner!

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