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Make a batch of these granola bars ahead of time and you'll have a tasty, lunchbox-ready snack on hand. These nut-free granola bars are packed with chocolate chips and shredded coconut for a sweet treat. Whether you like a chewy granola bar or a crunchy one, the bake time is easily adjusted to suit your preferences.

EatingWell.com, July 2022

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Credit: Fred Hardy

Recipe Summary

active:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
24
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving extra parchment hanging over two sides. Lightly coat the parchment with cooking spray.

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  • Combine oats, cereal, chocolate chips, coconut and salt in a large bowl.

  • Combine rice syrup, tahini and vanilla in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 30 seconds. (Alternatively, heat in a saucepan over medium heat for 1 minute.) Add to the dry ingredients and stir until evenly combined. Transfer to the prepared pan; firmly press the mixture into the pan with the back of a spatula.

  • For chewier bars, bake until barely starting to color around the edges and still soft in the middle, 20 to 25 minutes. For crunchier bars, bake until golden brown around the edges and somewhat firm in the middle, 30 to 35 minutes. (Both will still be soft when warm and will firm up as they cool.)

  • Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then, using the parchment to help you, lift out of the pan onto a cutting board (it will still be soft). Cut into 24 bars, then let cool completely without separating the bars, about 30 minutes more. Once cool, separate into bars.

Equipment

Parchment paper

To make ahead

Individually wrap airtight and store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

1 granola bar
161 calories; protein 3g; carbohydrates 22g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 9g; added sugar 7g; fat 8g; saturated fat 4g; mono fat 2g; poly fat 2g; vitamin a iu 3IU; folate 6mg; sodium 43mg; calcium 20mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 24mg; phosphorus 90mg; potassium 158mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g; selenium 2mcg.
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