Coconut Cherry Chewy Granola Bars

These healthy granola bars are full of natural sweetness and antioxidants from dried cherries and dates.  Chia seeds provide healthy omega-3 fats while whole grain oats pack fiber and protein.   A batch of this gluten-free, vegan recipe makes for guilt-free snacking, great for kids or for pre-workout fuel.

MEDIUM      Servings: 10       Ready In: 40 minutes

Coconut Cherry Chewy Granola Bars - Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Sugar Free, Vegan Breakfast Snack Recipe

Coconut Cherry Chewy Granola Bars - Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Sugar Free, Vegan Breakfast Snack Recipe

Chef's Tip - Cut into the corners of your parchment to make it easily fit your square baking pan

Chef's Tip - Cut into the corners of your parchment to make it easily fit your square baking pan

Chef's Healthy Tip - Parchment Paper lines your baking pan for these oil-free granola bars

Chef's Healthy Tip - Parchment Paper lines your baking pan for these oil-free granola bars

Chef's Plant-Based Tip - Date paste, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, cherries, cinnamon, and gluten-free oats come together in this healthy, gluten-free, nut-free recipe.JPG

Chef's Plant-Based Tip - Date paste, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, cherries, cinnamon, and gluten-free oats come together in this healthy, gluten-free, nut-free recipe.JPG

Chef's Tip - A light dusting of coconut flake finishes these healthy vegan, plant-based granola bars

Ingredients

3/4 cup dried pitted dates (150 g)
1 cup warm water
3/4 cup rolled oats (22g)
1/4 cup dried cherries (40g)
1/2 cup chia seeds (80g)
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (32g)
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (23g)


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Coconut Cherry Chewy Granola Bars - Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Sugar Free, Vegan Breakfast Snack Recipe

Procedure

Gather ingredients. Preheat oven to 325 F. 

Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit inside of a 9x9 inch square pan. 
No need to use oil with the parchment. 

To make granola bars: Combine dates and the 1 cup warm water. Let sit for at least 10 minutes, to soften.
Place the oats in a food processor or wide-mouth blender. 
Pulse oats until ground into flaky pieces. Remove oats and pour into a medium bowl. 
Add the cherries to the food processor or blender. 
Chop cherries into small pieces. Remove and pour into the same bowl with the oat "flakes". 
Add the rehydrated dates and their soaking liquid to the food processor. 
Puree dates until you have a pourable liquid. 
Pour the date liquid into the bowl with the oats and cherries. 
Add the chia, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Stir well to combine. 

Pour granola mixture into the lined pan. Spread into an even layer. 
Sprinkle the coconut over the granola bar mixture. 

Bake bars at 325 F for 25 minutes.
After 25 minutes, turn the heat of the oven up to 375 F. 
Bake another 5 minutes, until the coconut turns golden brown. 

Remove the bars from the oven and let cool before cutting. 
Cut into the desired size of your bars or bites. Cut into 10 bars, each bar has about 200 calories. 

Refrigerate for up to 1 week or individually wrap and freeze for longer.

Chef's Tips: Make a big batch of these and individually wrap finished bars in parchment or foil.  Store in the freezer then just pull out a bar in the morning of a long day.  Portable, healthy snacking, ready to go!

Yield: 9x9 pan


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving (1/10 recipe, 1 bar)

Calories 209.72
Calories From Fat (39%) 82.73
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9.89g 15%
Saturated Fat 4.18g 21%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 122.33mg 5%
Potassium 240.34mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 27.86g 9%
Fiber 7.62g 30%
Sugar 9.22g
Protein 5.3g 11%
Calcium 0.38mg <1%
Iron 86.32mg 480%
Vitamin A 4.26IU <1%
Vitamin C 0.06mg <1%


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