I’m always on the hunt for healthier snack options and I’m a big believer in DIY is best. These almond and coconut granola bars are so delicious and super easy to make.
What you’ll need:
2 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup coconut flakes
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a 22cm square baking dish with wax wrap or foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
Place the oats and nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted. Transfer the nuts and oats to a large bowl.
Place the coconut flakes onto the baking sheet and bake for around 3 minutes, you’ll need to keep an eye on them so that they don’t burn.
While the oats are toasting, add the honey, butter, and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. When the butter mixture is ready, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour this mixture over the oat and nut mixture and stir to combine. Add in the toasted coconut and lemon zest. Stir until combined, making sure that none of the oats are dry.
Pour all of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Use a rubber spatula or the bottom of a greased measuring cup to press the mixture into the pan. Chill the granola bars for at least 2 hours. Lift the bars from the dish and place them on a cutting board. Cut into desired shape/sizes.
They should stay fresh for about a week but I doubt they will last that long.
*tip – use a longer piece of foil or wax wrap, fold and place underneath the sheet you’re using to line the baking dish.