There actually isn’t any chocolate in these granola bars at all. I used my all time favorite product from Penzey’s Spices…100% Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. It’s incredibly rich in flavor and I have 2 huge bags of it that I got from Blake’s step mom for Christmas, she knows me well!
I have been on a carb kick lately. It always seems to happen at that certain time of the month. Carbs, carbs, carbs, I all I want is carbs.
So- I make my own carb-filled snacks instead of eating the processed kind :) Like these granola bars for example. They are made with minimal ingredients and are absolutely to die for!
They are lightly sweet, chocolatey, and topped off with a little sea salt.
Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 8 minutes
- Total Time: 18 minutes
- -1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- -1/4 cup coconut flakes + 1 tablespoon for garnishing
- -1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- -1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- -2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- -1/3 cup roasted almonds, chopped
- -1/3 cup brown rice syrup
- -pinch of sea salt for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly spray with coconut nonstick cooking spray.
- Then, in a medium size bowl, mix together oats, coconut flakes, and cocoa powder. Then, add rest of ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon. It may be easier to use your hands for this part.
- Once things are throughly mixed together, everything should be pretty sticky. To form bars, wet hands and scoop a palm sized amount of dough. Then shape into a bar, compressing the dough between your hands. Place on the baking sheet and repeat.
- You should be able to make 9-10 bars. For garnish, add more coconut flakes (press into bars) and a pinch of sea salt.
- Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes, just enough to turn the coconut flakes golden brown.
The key to getting soft, chewy granola bars is the brown rice syrup. This is what holds everything together. I use Lundberg’s Organic Sweet Dream Brown Rice Syrup. You can for sure find it at Whole Foods and at most local co-ops.
Here’s what it looks like and also the nutritional information (which I pulled from their website).
Brown rice syrup is considered a sugar/high fructose corn syrup substitute, but I definitely don’t think it is as sweet as either of those two. What I love about this product its sticky consistency. It is perfect for making home made granola bars, balls, and anything that needs to stick together!
So- I have been on the look out for a chunk of distressed wood to take photos on. That stuff is hard to find! I want it to look distressed and not too WABAM because I don’t want to take away from the photo. I ordered some photography wood backdrop paper off of Amazon, which is actually what I used in these photos. Not sure how I feel about it yet. The far away photos look great, but the up close photos (like the one above) not so much.