Monday, May 20

Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars

Hope everyone had a good Food Allergy Awareness Week last week. There was definitely some great information floating around...and great allergy-friendly recipes!

Since it was a bit warmer this weekend I decided to try a new "no bake" recipe so I didn't have to turn on my oven.  Even though this recipe IS no bake, I don't want to officially name it no bake since you have to warm some of the ingredients in a pot for a few minutes. However, I still didn't have to turn on my oven!  

This decadent recipe for Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars was inspired by this recipe, which I doubled. The bars I made are sweet, chewy and a little crunchy. They're definitely more of a dessert than a granola bar, but either way, they sure do make my mouth happy :)

No Bake Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars
Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars: Sweet, chewy and a little crunchy
  • 2 cups oats 
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 2/3 cup cereal (I used Uncle Sam's wheat flakes which are not gluten-free, but you can use any gluten free cereal option - Rice Krispies, Cornflakes, Corn or Rice Chex, etc.)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (I used Trader's Joe's) or another oil like organic canola oil
  • 1 cup Sunbutter (or any nut butter that's safe for you)
  • 2/3 cup honey
No Bake Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars
Chocolate Coconut Oat Bar Ingredients

  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Melt the coconut oil, Sunbutter and honey in a saucepan on the stove for a few minutes
  • Add melted mixture to the dry ingredients and stir well
  • Pour everything into an 8 x 8 pan lined with wax paper (for easier cutting and clean-up)
  • Refrigerate for a few hours, cut and enjoy!

Here are the bars after they had been in the refrigerator for 3 hours. So easy to let them "cook" in the fridge!
No Bake Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars

The bars also cut so nicely with a big kitchen knife. I just lifted the wax paper out of the pan and cut the bars into squares.
No Bake Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars

No Bake Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars

I wrapped the remaining bars (and there aren't many!) in wax paper and I'm storing them in the fridge. They'd probably hold up nicely in the freezer which I may try next time.
No Bake Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars

So, my weekend was filled with food (yummy chocolate coconut oat bars included), family and fun!  We all enjoyed the rides and sights at a local festival.  See goofy pictures below :)
family fun at the festival

family fun at the festival

What kind of fun did you have this weekend?  Any yummy creations or good eating in general?


Colette said...

Kathryn, those bars look fabulous! Must try!

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

Thanks Colette! I had one today and they're STILL yummy :)

Diane said...

Those bars do look yummy Kathryn, I will have to try them! Looks like little man had a fun time on the rides, can't wait to see everyone again! :)

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

He had SO much fun!

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