Tropical Granola Bars


So good they're dangerous.  It's all I've been eating the past couple days.  Great for a pre workout snack.   

Use old fashioned oats, not instant or quick cooking.  The coconut flakes and dried fruit used are unsweetened and found in the bulk foods area of whole foods.  

Makes 24 bars.

Tropical Granola Bars 

2 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup whole raw almonds

1/2 cup whole raw cashews

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

 1/2 cup dried pineapple rings, chopped

1/2 cup dried mango, chopped

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup roasted salted sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons flax seeds

2 tablespoons cocoa nibs

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon honey

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon light brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 400 degrees and roast oats, almonds and cashews for 10 minutes. Cool slightly and transfer to large bowl.  Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees.   

Toss pineapple, mango, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and cocoa nibs with oat and nut mix.   

In a small pot, boil coconut oil, honey, brown sugar and salt for 1 minute.  Combine with granola mix and press into a 13" x 9" pan lined with oiled parchment paper.  

Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.   Let cool completely in pan.  Cut into 24 bars and store between sheets of parchment paper in an air tight container.