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Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Posted Jul 06 2011 7:53am

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)

Ingredients

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!

Have a happy healthy day!

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