Chewy Coconut Cashew Almond Granola Bars (gluten free!)
 
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Healthy no-bake granola bars packed with cashews, coconut and cranberries. These are a wonderful wholesome snack or on the go breakfast.
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Recipe type: Granola Bars, Healthy, Gluten Free, No Bake
Serves: 16 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup unsalted cashew halves
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup honey (brown rice syrup if vegan)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted creamy almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine oats, cashews, coconut, chia seeds and dried cranberries.
  2. Place medium saucepan over medium low heat and add in honey, almond butter, coconut oil, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla; stir until warm and coconut oil is melted with almond butter. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir well to combine and coat the oat/cashew/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!
  3. Place pan in fridge for 1-2 hours or until firm. If you'd like to speed up the process, place the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes. Cut into 16 bars. Bars will keep at room temperature for a week, or longer in the fridge. I like to individually wrap my bars in plastic wrap for grab and go snacks during the week - or keep a few in my car for post workouts.
Notes
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.

Feel free to sub another nut instead of cashews and use any type of nut butter you'd like in place of the almond butter. These granola bars are very adaptable! Try dried cherries or apricots instead of cranberries!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 207 Fat: 11.7g Carbohydrates: 23.4g Sugar: 12.9g Fiber: 3.1g Protein: 5g
Recipe by Ambitious Kitchen at https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/chewy-coconut-cashew-almond-granola-bars-gluten-free/