the baker upstairs: blueberry almond coconut granola bars

8.26.2015

blueberry almond coconut granola bars

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It's back to school time! Every year around this time, I start racking my brain for healthy snacks to give the kiddos when they come home from a long day of school. I know eventually I'll fall into the lazy trap of just letting them graze from the fridge, but at least at the beginning of the school year, I like to make an effort. These blueberry almond coconut granola bars make the perfect after school snack! They are pretty much just packed with goodness. I love the crunchy almonds and flax seeds, the sweet blueberries, and the chewy coconut and oats. They take only a few minutes to mix up, and are incredibly easy to make!

Blueberry Almond Coconut Granola Bars

3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons flax seeds
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1 cup dried blueberries
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 325. Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, flour, coconut, brown sugar, salt, flax seeds, almonds, and blueberries. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together the coconut oil, honey, coconut extract, and vanilla. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and toss to coat. Press the mixture into the prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes, or until light golden brown. Let cool, then slice into bars.

adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod


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