Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Granola Bars
When they’re done these crunchy on the outside chewy on the inside granola bars can be wrapped up individually in plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for a week. Loaded with fiber and protein, these granola bars make a perfect snack for hungry kids just home from school or breakfast on the go for those mornings when there’s just not time to sit down and eat.
Ingredients 1 cup shredded coconut
2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
½ cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1½ cups TSP
1½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F Spread coconut on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes stirring halfway through, until they are lightly toasted.
Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 300°F and grease a 9x13” pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl add butter, brown sugar, molasses, honey, vanilla and eggs, and applesauce; whisk to combine.
Add coconut, oats, and TSP, stir well then press into the prepared pan, making sure the surface is level and corners well packed.Bake for 40 minutes.
Let cool 5 minutes, cut 2x6, cool completely in the pan, re-cut if necessary.
Notes Yield: 12 Granola Bars
Calories: 370, Total fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 35mg, Carbohydrates: 54g, Dietary Fiber: 6g. Sugar: 39g, Protein: 11