No-Bake Chewy Coconut Granola Bars


No bake and extra chewy coconut granola bars with almond butter, honey, and chocolate. Taste like an almond joy candy bar! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com


Hi hi hi from Deep Creek Lake, MD. We’re in our favorite spot for the next 2 weeks. Baby + dogs + lakefront. This is Noelle’s first vacay!!

I scheduled this no-bake chewy coconut granola bars recipe to publish today. I made 3 pans of them to stash in the freezer here at the rental house. I wish I could say there’s plenty left for my family who’s coming this week. I can’t help it; they literally taste like candy bars. But I’m the weirdo who brought all the ingredients to make another batch while we’re here.

Wait. You don’t travel with a jar of almond butter?

No bake and extra chewy coconut granola bars with almond butter, honey, and chocolate. Taste like an almond joy candy bar! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The good news is that they’re actually pretty wholesome, combining real foods with real flavor. The great news is that you don’t need to turn on your oven.

Besides all that, what I love most is the flavor and texture that the almond butter, honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and date combo develops. The consistency and flavor both remind me of soft caramel, but there’s no butter or refined sugar. Pair that with coconut, oats, and a little dark chocolate and you’ve gotta square of heaven.

Health food? Sorta. Homemade alternative to processed foods? Absolutely. Addicting? 100%.

No bake and extra chewy coconut granola bars with almond butter, honey, and chocolate. Taste like an almond joy candy bar! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Will you just look at that texture!

BEHIND THE RECIPE

Each ingredient has a job:

  • oats for texture
  • coconut for texture/flavor
  • coconut oil to bind
  • dates to sweeten + bind
  • honey to sweeten + bind
  • almonds for texture/flavor
  • almond meal to bind

Plus a little salt and vanilla extract for flavor and finely chopped dark chocolate or mini chocolate chips. I know what you’re thinking… coconut, almond, and chocolate? ALMOND JOY BARS!! Told ya these taste like candy.

If you want to lighten them up, leave out the chocolate; promise they’re still awesome without it. But if you want a little extra something special, don’t skip it.

Dates for no-bake chewy chocolate coconut granola bars on sallysbakingaddiction.com

First thing we’re going to do is puree or finely chop some dates. We’ll mix them with almond butter, coconut oil, and honey on the stove. We want the 4 ingredients warmed and combined. It’ll be a little lumpy from the dates, but that’s ok. Do your best to stir everything together. These warm wet ingredients, plus the powdery almond meal, bind the granola bars together– this allows us to skip the baking.

Wet ingredients for no-bake chewy chocolate coconut granola bars on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Ingredients for no-bake chewy chocolate coconut granola bars on sallysbakingaddiction.com

It’s smooth sailing from here on out. Mix in the dry ingredients– I do this right in the saucepan. Taste the mixture. And try to stop. Dare ya.

Press the granola bar mixture firmly into a square baking pan. The secret is to really pack the mixture in there. The more compact, the more the bars will hold their shape. Let the bars set up in the refrigerator or freezer. I recommend the freezer to save time. Trust me, you’ll want to taste them ASAP.

No bake and extra chewy coconut granola bars with almond butter, honey, and chocolate. Taste like an almond joy candy bar! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Cut ’em into tiny bars or, let’s get serious, 9 giant squares. They hardly take any time and effort and the pan lasts approximately 60 seconds. Time for batch #4!!!

No bake and extra chewy coconut granola bars with almond butter, honey, and chocolate. Taste like an almond joy candy bar! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

More healthy-ish bars! vanilla almond snack bars | chocolate peanut butter snack bars | berry cashew snack bars | chocolate cherry almond snack bars | cashew coconut snack bars | spiced pumpkin seed cranberry snack bars | quinoa crunch snack bars | blueberry almond snack bars | soft oatmeal raisin cookie granola bars

Ingredients:

  • 5 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup (80g) honey (or brown rice syrup)
  • 1/3 cup (85g) almond butter (or any nut butter)
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil (or unsalted butter; you need a fat that’s solid at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (120g) old-fashioned whole rolled oats
  • 1 cup (80g) unsweetened shredded coconut (plus extra for topping, if desired)
  • 3/4 cup (65g) slivered/sliced almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons almond meal/almond flour (or oat flour)
  • optional: 1/3 cup (60g) finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate or mini chocolate chips 

Recipe Notes:

  1. Feel free to make any substitutions, keeping in mind that the texture and flavor will change. The bars were a little more crumbly without the chocolate. The warm mixture melts the chocolate, which really helps the bars hold their shape.
  2. I’m unsure of the nutritional stats, but feel free to calculate it!