coconut almond granola bars

January 14, 2015


Author Notes: Dark honey, crunchy almonds, whole grain oatmeal, lightly sweet coconut and golden raisins make these granola bars hearty and delicious!garlic and zest

Makes: 12 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup dark honey
  • 1/3 cup organic almond butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a half sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper. Toss together the oatmeal, almonds and coconut on the baking sheet. Spread the mixture into a single layer and bake for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the honey, almond butter, sugar, melted butter and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  5. Add wheat germ to the oatmeal mixture and toss with your hands to combine.
  6. Add the oatmeal mixture and raisins to the honey mixture and combine thoroughly using a spatula. You may have to work several minutes to evenly coat the oatmeal.
  7. Line an 11 x 7 inch baking pan with parchment paper. (Cut the paper so that it fits the dimensions of the bottom of the pan, but hangs over the sides to make it easy to remove.)
  8. Pour granola mixture into the pan and press the mixture into an even layer in the pan.
  9. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven to cool for half an hour. Refrigerate in the pan for 2 hours. When you're ready to cut into bars, carefully lift the parchment paper ends and set it on your cutting board. Use a very sharp straight edge chef's knife to make even cuts.

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Reviews (4) Questions (0)

4 Reviews

Author Comment
garlic A. September 2, 2015
Great Idea!
 
Author Comment
garlic A. January 15, 2015
If you cut back on the sugar and honey etc, I think it would crumble more. So perhaps after baking, instead of trying to cut it into bars, I would just store chunks in an airtight container and use it as regular granola -- like a topping for yogurt etc. Let me know how it works for you.
 
AntoniaJames January 14, 2015
Whoa, these looks so good! The recipe seems to call for a bit more sweetener than I typically would use for that quantity of nuts, oats, etc., especially with the coconut and raisins. If I cut back on both the sugar and the honey, should I add something else to ensure that it binds properly - and doesn't just end up being great granola? Thanks so much. ;o)
 
Kris September 2, 2015
maybe cut the sugar and raisins completely and use dates instead. They should help stick. You could use figs too. I am not sure of the quantity. I want to try sometime soon. Will update when I do. Or if you do want the raisins, pulse it or chop roughly so it breaks up and sticks.