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Vegan Coconut and Chocolate Granola Bar Recipe

A chewy, crunchy, chocolaty homemade vegan granola bar recipe for a lunchbox treat or breakfast on the go. These totally satisfied my craving for the crunchy bars I loved in my lunch box. Not the chewy, pale ones. The approaching oatmeal-cookie ones. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 16
Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut
  • ½ cup chopped dark chocolate
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • ½ cup dried fruit
  • 1 ½ cup old fashioned large-flake oats not quick or instant, divided use
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil (you can sub in butter, but clearly they won't be vegan)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a 9x9” square pan with parchment paper.
  • Toss together coconut, chocolate, nuts and dried fruit in a large bowl. Scoop a handful into a separate bowl and reserve as a topping for the bars.
  • Process 1/2 cup of the oats in the blender or food processor until finely ground. Dump this oat flour into the bowl with the coconut mixture, and add the rest of the oats along with the brown sugar, maple syrup and coconut oil. Toss until everything is evenly coated, then dump the mixture into the prepared pan. Use your hands (lightly dampened, if too sticky) to press it firmly and evenly right to the corners. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and sprinkle reserved toppings over the surface and return to oven for 5 minutes more, or until toppings are nicely toasted.
  • Cool 5 minutes in pan, then use the parchment paper to lift the whole thing onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice into 16 bars.