These are wonderful little snack bars…or maybe dessert bars?? I’m not sure how to categorize them because they are SO DIVINELY YUMMY! Honest to goodness…when you taste these you’ll be shocked at how delicious they are considering all of their healthy ingredients! Everything comes together to create a chewy, chocolatey, almost toffee-like bar. There is no way that you can stop at just one!
These bars were inspired by Oh She Glow’s Chocolate Chunk Toffee Bars. We love Angela’s site…her recipes…her photos…everything she does and inspires!
I’ve actually made these with coconut oil…and then I also made an oil-free version simply using a little extra almond butter in place of the oil. Both versions are REALLY yummy…but, I prefer the coconut oil version myself. If you’re looking for an oil-free option simply exclude the 2T coconut oil and use 1/3 cup creamy almond butter instead of 1/4 cup.
I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!! We HealthyMammas spent yesterday evening celebrating Kim’s 40th birthday…Happy Birthday Sweet Kimmy! We had a wonderful time but definitely did not get much sleep…therefore, this is a short…but very sweet post.
Health & Happiness ~ Melissa
|Chocolate Coconut Pecan Bars|
- 1.5 cups oats
- 1/4 cup oat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
- 2 tablespoons unrefined organic coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup creamy almond butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8X8 inch baking pan with 2 sheets of parchment paper (one going each way).
- In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
- In a small saucepan combine both syrups, oil (if using) almond butter, and vanilla…heat just until everything is melted and well combined.
- Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and stir well to combine…it will be thick & sticky.
- Allow the dough to cool a bit and then add the chocolate chips…otherwise the chocolate will melt & it’s best chunky.
- Scoop into prepared pan and level out as much as possible…I use the back of a rubber spatula and my hands to press the mixture level.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until they just start to turn golden on top.
- Allow to cool in the pan, on a cooling rack, for at least 15 minutes.
- Lift using parchment paper and carefully remove from pan…allow to cool COMPLETELY on cooling rack before cutting into bars or they will crack…at least another 20 to 30 minutes.