Snack On the Go: Chewy Granola Bars with Chocolate, Oats and Toasted Coconut

Traveling to and from morning activities with my toddler always has me thinking about snack options that he can enjoy in the car.  It seems like salty or sweet snacks win every time.  In an effort to try something new I thought granola bars would be a perfect snack, especially the soft chewy variety.  They are quick to make and easy to wrap up in a snack bag.  The recipe I found called for almonds, however I did not have almonds on-hand and substituted unsweetened coconut flakes.  Give this one a try, even you can enjoy them in the car even if your child opts for a salt snack that day.

Do you have a favorite car ride snack? Leave a comment below.

Recipe Adapted from: Inspired Taste

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Chewy Granola Bars with Chocolate, Oats and Toasted Coconut

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Yields: 12

Ingredients

  • 2.5 Cups - Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup - Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (optional)
  • 1/3 Cup - Honey
  • 1/4 Cup - Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup - Unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon - Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon - Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Cup - Dried Cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons - Mini Chocolate Chips

Method

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. On a large unlined cookie sheet sprinkle the oatmeal and coconut evenly across the surface
  3. Bake for 5 minutes, stir them, and bake for another 5 minutes or until they are lightly toasted. Place the toasted oats into a large bowl
  4. In a small sauce pan, add butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted and sugar is completely dissolved
  5. Pour the mixture over the toasted oats and mix. Let the granola mixture cool for 5 minutes
  6. In the meantime, line the bottom and sides of a 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Lightly spray the surface with cooking spray
  7. Once granola mixture has cooled for 5 minutes, add the cranberries and 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  8. The chocolate will melt and aid in keeping the final granola bars together and chewy
  9. Pour the mixture into the prepared square pan
  10. Evenly spread out the mixture and PRESS the mixture down several times. This is the key to making them hold together
  11. Once pressed, sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of mini- chocolate chips on top and press them into the mixture
  12. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting
  13. Remove from pan and cut 12 granola bars. Serve and enjoy!

Additional Info

Granola bars can be customized to your family's palette. You can make these bar without the coconut and/or cranberries and just enjoy the mini-chocolate chips. Can also substitute the 1/2 Cup of coconut flakes with chopped almonds.

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