Almond Joy Granola Bars
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ C shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened depending on preference)
  • ¾ C chopped almonds
  • 2 C regular oats
  • ¼ C oat bran
  • ¼ C ground flaxseed
  • ½ C honey
  • ¼ C milk of your choice
  • ¼ C brown sugar, optional (can substitute 3 tbsp honey)
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 2 tbsp butter/coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ C dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with parchment paper or lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Spread out coconut and almonds on a baking sheet. Toast for for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Remove baking sheet from oven and leave oven at 300.
  4. In a large heat-safe bowl, stir together oats, oat bran, and flaxseed. Set aside.
  5. In a medium saucepan, stir together honey, milk, brown sugar, baking cocoa, butter, vanilla, and salt. Heat over medium-low heat just until mixture starts to boil, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. Remove from heat and stir a couple of times to cool.
  6. Stir toasted coconut and almonds into oat mixture until combined.
  7. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and press firmly into bottom of dish. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips, if desired.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until edges start to appear dry. Remove dish to a wire rack.
  9. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container.
Recipe by A Kitchen Addiction at https://www.a-kitchen-addiction.com/almond-joy-granola-bars/