Monday, April 07, 2014

{recipe} Coconut Oil Granola Bars

These granola bars are really tasty and easy to make. My son calls them cookies :) I put this recipe together one day when I was trying to find ways to use our bulk ingredients in our pantry and I didn't want to make granola bars that were baked. After a little tweaking, they turned out great! Don't let all the ingredients scare you away. They do need to stay cool since it is mostly the coconut oil that holds them together (coconut oil melts when it gets warm). We simply store them in the fridge or if we want to take them with us on the go, we simply wrap each individually and freeze then put them in our cooler lunch box and take them with us.

Raw Granola Bars

1/3 cup Almond Butter (or peanut butter)
6 Tbsp. Coconut Oil, Melted
1/4 cup Honey, Melted
1/3 cup Coconut Flour
3 Tbsp. Organic Coconut Palm Sugar*
1 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds
1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
1 cup Chopped Raw Nuts (our favorite mix is 1/3 c. almonds, 1/3 c. cashews, 1/3 c. peanuts)
3 Tbsp. Pureed Dried Plums (optional - this doesn't affect the taste, it just adds nutrition)
1/4 cup Oatmeal
1/2 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1/2 tsp. Salt (we use Grey Celtic Sea salt or Himalayan salt)
1/4 cup. Raisins
1/2 cup Carob Chips (or Chocolate Chips)

In the order listed above add ingredients one at a time into a medium bowl, mix well after each addition.

Line a 9 x 9 baking dish with aluminum foil. Press mixture firmly into pan. Refrigerate till hard. With a sharp knife cut into bars. Keep cool so bars will stay together. Store in the fridge in an air tight container or wrap and freeze individually.


Notes:
I have used all sorts of different sugars in place of the coconut palm sugar (such as evaporated cane juice, sucanat, organic raw sugar, etc) however, our family loves the taste of the organic coconut palm sugar in these bars.


42 comments :

  1. Gah - I love this recipe. I am BIG on things like this that I can just grab and go. Especially on those mornings when I don't have time for a big breakfast!!

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  2. I know my brother likes many of those ingredients and enjoys granola bars. He'd probably love these.

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  3. This looks delicious and so healthy! This morning I used coconut oil for cooking my eggs. I licked the spoon clean after I added the oil to my pan. And, well- I liked the taste!

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  4. These sound amazing! I have a big old jar of coconut oil, just need to work on getting more of the ingredients. I have considered trying palm sugar. It's really that good eh? :)

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  5. I have made some bras that were very similar. We love coconut oil and just got another 54 ounces in the mail today!

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  6. They look really good! I'm going to pin them so i can find them later!
    Tiffany

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  7. I love granola bars but they're so expensive! I definitely want to try to make my own.

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  8. Oh my... this is a recipe I can actually eat and it looks so darn good. I need to make these for when we travel

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  9. Looks yummy! I have made some very similar granola bars and the kids love them.

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  10. Yummy recipe and I like that you used coconut oil instead of other oils.

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  11. These sound super yummy! I like how people are incorporating coconut oil into other things, especially new recipes.

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  12. I wonder if I could get my kids to eat these? The chocolate chips would definitely help.

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  13. I love using coconut oil in my recipes. I bet this would be one my entire family would enjoy, with the exception of my hubs, cuz he hates anything that has to dow ith coconut.

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  14. These look SOOO delicious! Pinning and making soon!

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  15. I've never really thought about making my own granola bars, but I bet they would be extra yummy! x

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  16. That sounds yummy & healthy all at the same time, yum!

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  17. I love eating granola bars on the go and like the idea of including a coconut flavor in them.

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  18. These sound really good. Will have to try these.

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  19. Those sound yummy and delicious :) Plus they are gluten free, which is awesome! I would love to make my own granola bars!

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  20. I would love to make my own gluten free granola bars. These look yummy and delicious! And not hard to make :)

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  21. We just made granola bars tonight and they turned out pretty good. Not even close to your recipe though, there are so many ways to make them. I can not wait to try these.

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  22. They look really hearty and would make great snacks. I'm glad there are lots of substitutions that would work too.

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  23. This sounds really good! I am always looking for healthy snacks!

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  24. These look fantastic and I love the idea of popping them in the freezer and then taking them for lunch. Delicious I am sure.

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  25. These would be a great on the go snack. Thansk for sharing this recipe!

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  26. We love coconut oil with everything around here. I will be trying this recipe for sure.

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  27. These sound fantastic! It's so hard to find good healthy options that are easy for snacks!

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  28. If its healthy, Im there. lol I like that it has coconut oil in it.

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  29. These look REALLY yummy and healthy. I should make some for snacking instead of reaching for the chips.

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  30. Granola bars taste so much better when they are homemade! This recipe sounds delicious!

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  31. I love that these don't have to be baked! I have been looking for a good granola bar recipe and I can't wait to try this one!

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  32. I love that these aren't baked! I have been looking for a good recipe and I can't wait to try this one out. Thanks for sharing it

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  33. These coconut granola bars look delicious. Thank you for posting this recipe.

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  34. Thanks for this recipe. It looks easy, tasty and healthy.

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  35. would you ship some in the mail for me ? I think these granola bars are calling my name lol

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  36. Yumm. I had no idea that it's THAT easy to make your very own granola bars.. they look delicious, I'm gonna give it a try, thanks for sharing

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  37. Sounds yummy and kid friendly, pinning it

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  38. I love these! I can tell by reading the ingredient list that they'll be super yummy! Totally pinned for later. :)

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  39. This sounds so good! Pinned it for later!

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  40. This does sound good. I love that it's no cooking/heat needed.

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  41. These do sound absolutely delicious! I'd make these for everyone in the house.

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  42. Adding to the lunchbox rotation!

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