In the summer things tend to get a little busier and schedules a little crazier, at least that’s what life is like for me! I’m often running back and forth from the gym, meetings, the house to let Luna out, and spending time with friends and sometimes catch myself hungry and needing to refuel on the run. I like to keep my snacks mixed up and have relied on Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars, Energy Almond Butter Balls, and the Nutrition Stripped Energy Mix, but sometimes you just need to try something new to mix it up a bit! Chewy Coconut and Fruit Bars are packed with vitamins, healthy fats from coconut oil, and protein from seeds to give you a boost of energy and blood sugar stabilizers. Enjoy these for breakfast or as a snack and stay focused on the go. Read more for the recipe!
Try this recipe with homemade almond milk, vanilla cashew milk, or strawberry brazil nut milk– all equally delicious. Learn about the featured whole food ingredients and their health benefits and nutrition information in the NS Pantry: beans, coconut oil, maple syrup, and cashews
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds (with 6 tablespoons water)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup (about 12) pitted dates
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large ripe bananas
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, combine chia seeds and water to make a gel. Set aside.
- In a food processor or blender, combine bananas, chia mixture, and melted coconut oil, maple syrup until combined. Transfer this into a large mixing bowl with all remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
- Line a baking dish (8×8 in size) with parchment paper. Pour the granola bar mixture into the pan and press down firmly with your hands then smooth with a spatula.
- Bake for 30 minutes until golden on top. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 1 hour before taking the granola gently out of the baking pan by lifting up the parchment.
- Slice granola into even size bars with a sharp knife. Store in a airtight glass container in the fridge for up to 1-2 weeks or freezer for 3 weeks.
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