One of my many joys in life is making sure that my family stays healthy. And of course, this includes preparing meals that are nutritious and free of artificial ingredients.
I pack healthy lunches for Michael to take to the office every day and often include store bought granola bars as a little snack. The only problem is that many brands contain dairy…and unidentifiable junk.
Yesterday I decided to take matters into my own hands and baked granola bars that are healthier than most store bought versions and tastier too, if I do say so myself…and I do.
Oh and they totally made my house smell like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
(makes 24 small bars)
1/2 cups whole wheat flour, divided 1/2 cup kamut flakes (or quick-cooking oats 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, divided 3 Tablespoons Earth Balance butter 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 2/3 cup raw chopped walnuts 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup carob chips (or regular chocolate chips)
Coat a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with cooking spray.
Combine half of the flour with the oats and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a bowl. Mash in the butter until you have a crumbly mixture. Press into the baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool.
In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, vanilla and remaining brown sugar. Combine the coconut, walnuts, baking powder, salt and remaining flour; gradually add to egg mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread evenly over crust. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into bars while warm and cool on a wire rack. Store in a sealed airtight container.
These turned out very well, and I’m still rather excited. In fact, I just might be making another flavor today.
Do you have a favorite granola bar recipe? Links are welcome!