Chocolate Coconut Pecan Bars

As promised…Chocolate Coconut Pecan Bars!

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
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Recipe type: Snack, Dessert
Author: Melissa
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 4-6
A crazy yummy snack bar…or a dessert bar…I can’t quite decide which! :)
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8X8 inch baking pan with 2 sheets of parchment paper (one going each way).
  2. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  3. In a small saucepan combine both syrups, oil (if using) almond butter, and vanilla…heat just until everything is melted and well combined.
  4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and stir well to combine…it will be thick & sticky.
  5. Allow the dough to cool a bit and then add the chocolate chips…otherwise the chocolate will melt & it’s best chunky.
  6. 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.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until they just start to turn golden on top.
  8. Allow to cool in the pan, on a cooling rack, for at least 15 minutes.
  9. 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.

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About Melissa

I've been blessed with an amazing husband, Tyler and two amazing children, Mia who is 5yrs old and Luke who is 3yrs old. Our entire family has a passion for food. We see food as a means of nutrition, something wonderful to enjoy and indulge in, and meals...if we are doing them right...serve as a fun social experience too! Food definitely brings this family together!
Our family, as a whole, eats a mostly vegetarian diet...although we do consume meat and fish, on occasion. So, I'm always looking for and trying out new vegetarian and vegan recipes that hopefully all of us will enjoy.
Besides food, we are passionate about gardening. We have an organic veggie garden in our backyard that provides a good portion of the veggies that we consume. The kids love to jump in and get their hands dirty and it's crazy how much they already know about gardening! It makes my husband and me so happy to think that they will (hopefully) carry this experience and lifestyle into their futures.
I'm also passionate about learning new ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and provide one for my family...and, I love sharing these ideas with anyone who is interested in hearing about them! So, as I discover recipes and other healthy happy things I will share them...and when you discover some yourself...I'd love for you to share them with me! :)

Comments

  1. Katie Stewart says:

    I make the lady bug snack bars weekly for my husband! He loves them! This recipe is similar!

  2. Charlie says:

    Hi Melissa,

    I just finished my second batch of Chocolate Coconut Pecan Bars. The first batch was incredible and decided to make them again. I couldn’t find almond butter so, I have been using Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread. I love all the coconut flavor. I also have been reviewing other recipes to make. Thank you for the blogs and all the recipes.

    • Melissa says:

      Hi Charlie, I’m so glad that you enjoyed the bars…I think they are divine! :) The coconut spread sounds like a WONDERFUL substitution…I’m going to have to try that myself next time! Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. :)

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