Chocolate Chip Coconut Bars

I’m pretty sure my co-workers think I’m out to sabotage their diets… because I’ve been baking up a storm! I decided to give my latest creation to a different department (my brother’s department, specifically. I’m such a good sister!) So I made these babies last night

Chocolate Chunk Coconut Bars

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups oats (quick oats work best)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon canola or veg oil
1/2 – 2/3 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like things)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon chocolate or coconut extract (optional)
1-3 tablespoons non-dairy milk
1/2 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips
1/4-1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda and powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce, oil, sugar, vanilla,and other extract (if using).

Add wet to dry and mix until combined. The mixture will be very thick, so add soymilk a little at a time until it holds together well.

Fold in coconut (reserving a small portion for the top) and chocolate chunks. Press into baking dish and sprinkle over remaining coconut.

Bake for 21-23 minutes

These are moist and chewy, like a very soft cookie. (One of my *volunteer* food tasters described it as more of a sweet bread.) They were pretty simple to make, and I’ll definitely make this one again!

Dinner consisted of Soy Yogurt, Blueberries & Bear Naked Fit granola, as well as some Zucchini from my garden. Kind of a random dinner combination, but I was listening to my cravings!

I really like the Bear Naked Fit Vanilla Almond Granola, but I haven’t tried that many different kinds. I like it because it’s low fat and doesn’t have too much added sugar. Anyone else have a favorite granola? I’m open to trying new kinds!

-LLV

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5 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Oh goodness, that kind of sounds like heaven in a bar. Coconut + chocolate = AMAZING.

    I love Galaxy Granola! It’s delicious and the Not Sweet Vanilla is, well, not too sweet. 🙂

  2. 2

    healthyhelper said,

    galaxy granola is my favorite too! but you could always make your own! check out my recipe page for my homemade granola recipe…..healthyhelper.wordpress.com

  3. 4

    CourtandWhit said,

    Oh wow those bars look super delish… and HEALTHY!
    -Court

  4. 5

    traynharder23 said,

    these bars look GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! ymmy! i love coconut + chocolate! nommy!


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