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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Comments

  1. says

    I know what you mean about it getting lonely working alone from home. I also like to snack on granola bars and yours look so much better than store-bought or ones at the coffee shop. And I love coconut!

  2. says

    I have been dying to try a homemade granola bar in my kitchen! I love how you can customize the ingredients…and use coconut oil!

  3. Susan says

    I want so much to be able to make my own granola or protein bars, but every time I check out the nutrition on recipes like this one, they come out to be way more calories than I can eat for a snack (this would be meal replacement level of calories) and not enough protein to be worth eating. Can you come up with something that has about 15g protein and no more than 200 calories? I would really rather eat home made if at all possible.

    • says

      Well, you could try cutting them into smaller bars to cut back on the calories. As far as the high protein/low calorie bars, I don’t have a great suggestion off-hand. I know some people use protein powder in their bars to up the protein content, but I tend to steer clear of that since I’m not supposed to have soy and need to limit whey protein as well – my protein powder options are more limited! Sorry I can’t be of more help, but I will let you know if I come across anything!

      • Susan says

        Thanks for your suggestions. It has just occurred to me that I have some unflavored soy protein powder that I rarely use, that might work in such bars. The biggest issue I have with adapting a recipe for granola bars is that I don’t know which of the ingredients are necessary to make the bars work, beyond the fact that they are held together by the more liquid ones. I am pretty good at figuring out adaptations to meet my needs when I understand how the ingredients function.

  4. says

    Homemade granola bars are way better than any store-bought I’ve ever had. I love that you have 100% control over every single thing that goes in them. I’m a big fan of coconut, I will definitely be trying these!

  5. says

    Yeah! I know what you feel when you are alone at home. But you still you have a dog :) . And that you are not alone.
    Yeah! I preferred homemade granola bars than buying any store. It’s tasty and healthy.

  6. says

    I’ve always wanted to make my own granola bars that are healthy with no preservatives. Now I’ve got a great recipe . . . thanks so much!
    Roz

    • Julie says

      I think it came down to two things: 1. Pressing the bars REALLY really well, and weighing them down with a heavy pan while I waited for them to set. 2. Keeping them cold – in either the fridge or the freezer. They can be taken out a few hours before you want to eat them (so you could pack on in a lunch in the morning), but if they are kept cold up until then, it seems to help!

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