Loaded with all the healthy goodness and perfect as a snack to fill you up, these almond and coconut bliss granola bars are definitely worth trying out!
Whether you don’t have time for breakfast or just want to whip up a healthy snack to munch on when you’re hit by a hunger pang, granola bars are a savior. Sure, you can buy them from the store, but I just love making them in my kitchen.
All I need is a few ingredients, a few minutes of kitchen time and I’m ready with my stock for the next 2-3 weeks. And since they’re made in my kitchen, I can play around with the ingredients, and they’ll always be the healthiest ones,
I recently tried making these almond and coconut bliss granola bars and was amazed at how easy they were to put together, and how delicious the combination turned out to be. What’s best is the fact that they didn’t need any baking time whatsoever. Fancy giving them a shot? Here’s answering any questions that you might have.
What Else Can I Add in?
The best part about these almond and coconut bliss granola bars is the fact that you can go wild with the ingredients, and add in a lot of different stuff, depending on what you have at hand, and what you prefer. Here are a few ideas to get you going.
- Dark chocolate chips (they add a nice chocolatey flavor and help the bars hold their shape)
- Any nut butter
- Chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, cashews, and pistachios are great choices)
- Seeds (pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, and even hemp seeds)
- Ground cinnamon
- Almond flour
- Sea salt (to balance out the sweetness of the granola bars)
- Dried berries (cranberries, strawberries, and blueberries are great)
- Wheat germ
- Dried apricots, chopped
- Dried cherries
- Rice Krispies
Tips to Make the Almond & Coconut Bliss Granola Bars
Ready to make the almond and coconut bliss granola bars? Keep these little tips in mind to nail the recipe!
- I’ve used honey as a sweetener here, but you can go ahead and substitute it with any other natural sweetener of your choice. Fresh date puree works great, and it can also help your no-bake granola bars hold their shape better. Maple syrup and brown sugar are two other excellent options to consider.
- To make the granola bars chewier and with a bit of texture, add in some dried cranberries
- Make sure you spray a bit of cooking spray on the parchment paper before you pop the mixture into the pan. This will help keep the bars from sticking to the pan, and they’ll come out easily.
Storage & Serving Ideas
The best part about these granola bars is that they freeze great, and you can always store some at room temperature or refrigerate them if you want to. Just remember to wrap them individually in some parchment paper or some plastic wrap and then store them in an airtight container to preserve their freshness.
Loved making these? Inspired enough to try some more fun and healthy snack recipes? Here are a few of my all-time favorites.
Almond and Coconut Bliss Granola Bars
- 1 ½ c quick oats
- ½ c creamy peanut butter
- ¼ c honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ c mini chocolate chips
- ½ c sliced almonds
- ½ c coconut flakes
- Line a 8"x8" baking pan with parchment paper.
- Add oats, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla to a large bowl and stir until fully combined.
- Add chocolate chips, almonds, and coconut. Stir until combined.
- Dump the mixture unto a baking pan, and press down firmly to make a flat layers.
- Freeze for 2 hours.
- Remove from the freezer, and lift the parchment paper out of the baking pan, and place your sheet of bars on a cutting board.
- Cut the bars down the center, then cut the opposite way, into about 1 inch bars.