Chewy yet Soft coconut cashew granola bars that are naturally- sweetened, and bound with wholesome ingredients like coconut, oats, and apple sauce. There are no eggs or bananas to help bind these homemade breakfast bars.
Homemade Granola Bars are Better Than Store-bought
Here’s the thing about granola bars from the grocery store— they are too hard! Can you imagine your body passing those through your gentle digestive system? Ouch!
Again, these are soft and filled with recognizable ingredients. You are going to love how easy they are to make. It all starts in a food processor.
The two key ingredients that make these granola bars soft are almond flour and applesauce. The almond flour adds as a natural fluffy filler, while the apple sauce adds moistness and additional sweetness.
Make sure to use applesauce that is unsweetened and without cinnamon.
One could defiantly transfer the granola mixture over a baking sheet to make granola cereal. Just make sure to spread it out evenly, and not tightly packed together.
I may have to try that in the future. Meanwhile, we shall press it into a 13 x 9 baking pan.
You can use any size pan you like. Just remember two things, the smaller the baking pan, the thicker the bar. The thicker the bar, the longer it will take to bake. Alrighty then.
C’mon, how exciting do these look? By the way, your house will smell like a sweet bakery shop.
After they are finished baking, you can cut them into any shape you like. Cut them into wedges, triangles, hearts—whatever!
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Let’s make Chewy Soft Coconut Cashew Granola Bars!
- 3 cup rolled oats gluten-free if necessary
- ½ cup almond flour
- ½ cup raw unsalted cashews
- ½ cup chocolate chips I used mini
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup coconut chips or shredded
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- ⅔ cup pure maple syrup
- ⅔ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Into the food processor, add the rolled oats, almond flour, cashews, chocolate chips, baking powder, and salt. Pulse until all of the ingredients are mixed well, and the coconut and cashews pieces are smaller. Set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, add the pure maple syrup, apple sauce, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk until well-combined. Now we will add the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients.
- Add everything from the food processor in with the wet ingredients. Fold and mix until everything is fully coated.
- Transfer the granola to a greased 9 x 13 pan (I used coconut oil) lined with parchment paper and press with your hands or the back of a teacup until a flat surface is a result.
- Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes.
- Allow cooling completely before slicing them into desired shapes.