Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

It’s official: I am obsessed with granola bars! I think this is the fourth granola bar recipe on this blog; I just can’t help myself! Granola bars are awesome! They are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up and the perfect grab-n-go addition to my lunchbox. I am typically rushing around the kitchen making lunches because, instead of getting up on time, I choose to stay in bed 10 minutes after my alarm (isn’t getting up early supposed to get easier the more you practice??). What a relief knowing homemade granola bars are waiting to fill the “snack” section of my lunchbox.

Sometimes it amazes me how homemade versions of grocery store staples can be exceedingly more delicious than their store-bought counterparts. Take granola bars for example; sure there are some high quality brands, but what immediately comes to mind are traditional teeth cracking, dry granola bars. I prefer a chewier granola bar, which this recipe satisfies. It almost reminds me of a cross between an oatmeal cookie and a granola bar; what’s better than satisfying one craving? TWO cravings! Plus, you can customize homemade granola bars to fit your mood of the week (or help you clean out the dried fruit and nuts from your pantry). Starting with a base of wet ingredients allows you to customize the granola bars to your heart’s content.

I am determined to convince you that granola bars are not just for kids anymore! Is it working?

Ingredients

Note: Make this recipe gluten free by using certified gluten free oats!

  • 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (or any nut butter)
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. oats
  • 1/4 c. dried currants
  • 1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 c. coconut flakes
  • 1/4 c. chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

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First start with the wet ingredients: in a medium mixing bowl combine brown sugar, honey, peanut butter, oil, egg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Next, stir in the oats. I have been experimenting with different settings on my camera lately…this is action mode.

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Ta-da! Why should sports have all the fun? Food is exciting too!

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Add currants, chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans; stir well to combine.

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Line an 8 x 8 square baking dish with tin-foil to prevent granola bars from sticking. Transfer granola bar mixture and press firmly into a single layer.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and the edges begin to pull away from the pan. Let cool completely.

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As I have mentioned in the past, putting the cooled granola bars in the freezer for 30 minutes can help firm up the bars and make slicing easier.

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Slice into desired portions and serve, or individually wrap in plastic wrap for lunchbox snacks. Enjoy!

 

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