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Chewy Granola Bars
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Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Coconut & Chip Granola Bars
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Chewy, Granola Bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9
Author Anna
Cost 5

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats**
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ I used toasted
  • 4 tablespoons butter salted
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 6 tablespoons extra-crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mixed white and dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a 9 inch square metal baking pan with nonstick foil or parchment paper.
  • Spread oats evenly on a large rimmed parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for 5 minutes. Add the coconut and wheat germ to the baking sheet and continue toasting for another 5 to 8 minutes, stirring every so often, until the coconut starts to brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Meanwhile, combine butter, sugar and honey in a large microwave-safe mixing bowl. Heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Add the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth. Let cool slightly, then stir in the cooled oat mixture and the chips
  • Pour into the lined square pan and press tightly into the pan. Bake for about 15 minutes.
  • Let cool for about 30 minutes, then lift from the pan and score (do not cut) into bars. Put the scored bars in the refrigerator until firm, then carefully break them apart along the scored edges. Chilling the bars will help them hold together when sliced. You can the bars into square or make 8 long bars and trim the edges.

Notes

If you only have old fashioned oats, you can use them as is or buzz them for a few seconds in a food processor. Quick oats are cut smaller than old fashioned and will give you a different texture, but old fashioned oats -- especially when chopped up a little (not completely ground) work just fine.