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Coconut Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars | gluten-free, vegan and loaded with gorgeous dark chocolate chunks for the ultimate on-the-go healthy snack! | My Fresh Perspective | #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #eatclean

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars


  • Author: Angela Simpson
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins + freezing
  • Yield: 8-10 bars 1x

Description

The perfect snack for busy days, these Coconut Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, and easy to eat on the go. Make a batch, freeze them, and enjoy healthy snacking all week long!


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups brown crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup shredded or flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup slivered raw almonds
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ½ cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or honey, if not vegan)
  • 1/3 cup natural organic sunflower seed butter (or nut butter of your choice – I don’t recommend peanut butter as it will overpower the other flavours)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup dairy-free dark chocolate chunks

Instructions

  • Line a baking dish or freezer-safe container (about 8×8”) with parchment paper, leaving some hanging over the edges of the dish. (You’ll use these as handles that pull the bars out later.)
  • Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Place a small pot over medium heat on the stove. Add the brown rice syrup, maple syrup, seed/nut butter and vanilla to the pot, whisking to incorporate. Once smooth and runny, pour this into the dry ingredients.
  • Stir well with a spatula, coating the dry ingredients. Once incorporated, stir in the chocolate chunks.
  • Transfer the mixture to the lined baking dish. Press it down as firmly and evenly as possible into a single layer, pushing it into all 4 corners of the dish.
  • Freeze for at least 5 hours. Once firm, remove the block from the dish and use a sharp knife to slice into squares or bars.
  • Wrap each individually and store in the fridge. These also keep well in the freezer if you prefer to make a bigger batch – just be sure to store them in a sealed container or bag.

  • Category: dessert
  • Method: no-cook