I bet you’re hungry. I mean, it’s been a week since I’ve given you a recipe!
I’m not back from vacation just yet so I’m going to keep this short and sweet; I have to enjoy my last day in the sunshine!
Before I go, we must discuss these granola bars. They’re simple, delicious, and full of good-for-you ingredients and healthy fats to keep you satisfied. Plus they are incredibly easy to make!
First we toast the coconut, oats, and almonds in the oven.
Then simply mix honey, almond butter, a little coconut oil, vanilla and cinnamon in a saucepan to heat thoroughly. The wet ingredients are then added to the dry mixture and then tossed to combine. Easy!
Now I prefer to bake these, but you don’t necessarily have to. I’ve provided directions for both in the recipe! Depending on which you choose you may end up with a chewy bar, or a slightly crunchier bar. Either way, they are delicious!
I love the fact that these are naturally sweetened and full of flavor from the coconut and almonds. But dark chocolate on top? Yes, you really must!
It reminds me a little of an almond joy granola bar. I usually cut mine into mini bite size pieces to enjoy as a healthy treat between meals.
Alright I need to run! Enjoy these bars. I’ll be back with vacation pictures soon!
More healthy snack recipes to try:
Sea Salt Cashew Butter Chocolate Protein Bars
Salted Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Protein Candy Bars
Toasted Quinoa, Dried Fig & Dark Chocolate Nut Free Granola Bars
Chia, Quinoa & Banana Granola Bars
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites with Chia + Cacao Nibs
No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola Bars
A snack that’s simple, delicious, and packed with nutrition. This easy recipe for coconut almond granola bars is naturally sweetened and full of flavor. Options for baking or no-bake, too!
- 2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup almonds, sliced or coarsely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup honey (agave, brown rice syrup or maple syrup, if vegan)
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 ounces quality dark chocolate, cut into small pieces (vegan, if desired)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine oats, almonds, and coconut. Spread on a large baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl.
Add honey, coconut oil, almond butter, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla to a medium sauce pan and heat over medium-low heat until warm and coconut oil is melted.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir well to combine and coat the oat/almond/coconut mixture.
Transfer mixture to prepared pan and press firmly down to pack bars tightly and ensure they stick together. The harder you press, the more they will stick together -- so press them in very firmly.
No bake method: Place pan in fridge for 20 minutes or until firm. I love the no bake method!
You can also bake these if you like crunchy bars: Bake for 10-15 minutes or until firm, then remove from oven and keep at room temperature to cool. Don't bake longer or they will become very hard.
To make chocolate: melt chocolate in double boiler or in a medium heatproof bowl over simmering water. You can also microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. Once melted and smooth in consistency, spread evenly over bars. Allow chocolate to cool and harden at room temperature, then cut into 16 bars. Store in an airtight container.
Feel free to mix and match add-ins as desired. You can use dried fruit or different nuts. Get crazy!
I want these right now!!!!
I want them now too but you inspired me to try juicing and I’m on day one for my 5 day Urban Remedy Signature Cleanse. So far though I’ve only really found one to be ok. I’m getting them down though… in fact onto No 4 now.
I think dried cherries would be great added to these!
This is good stuff….like an Almond Joy granola bar! I love everything in these.
Almond joy granola bars? I can’t even imagine anything more delicious-sounding. YUM.
Your vacation sounds amazing, it’s so hard to come back. I’m with Marcie, almond joys in a bar. Tasty.
I am jealous your soaking up the sunshine when its overcast and crummy in Seattle. But I forgive you because these almond granola bars look like little bites of goodness!
These look incredible!!! Enjoy the last day of vacay!
OMG these are so good! I love the crunch of the almonds, and lusciousness of the chocolate, and the heartiness of the almond butter. Probably my new favorite granola bar. The amount I had after adding some cherries was too much for a square baking pan so I baked them in a 9×13, that was the perfect size. My co-workers all loved them too!
these were amazing! Another amazing recipe!
They are delicious and perfect in every way, even without chocolate. Thank you!
I just made these and used a combination of almonds, cocoa dusted almonds, and pistachios and they were delicious! Definitely would make again!
I made them with dried cherries added in and it was just awesome. Cherries and almonds are a natural match. I am keeping the recipe and I plan to make it again and again. Thank you!!
I’m wondering if there is a substitute for the coconut oil that is still healthy. Would a different oil suffice or could I even just forgo it?
I have made these twice now, and everyone enjoys them. Delicious !!!!!
Anyone know the nutritional info for these?
This is by far the best homemade granola recipe I have made. I did find it a bit too sweet for me. Would decreasing the amount of honey change their consistency? Wondering if they won’t stick as well and crumble. Also, do the no-bake granolas hold up well in the heat (i.e. a lunch box without ice pack, in purse)? Or does the coconut oil start to melt. Have read on other posts that no-bake granolas tend to start falling apart once not refrigerated.
I’m so glad you like them! Decreasing the honey will cause these to crumble a bit, so try these instead: https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/no-bake-peanut-butter-granola-bars/. These should be fine in the heat if you leave the chocolate off!