Crunchy and satisfying, Coconut Almond Granola Bars will fill you up and keep you going all morning!
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 40minutes
Total Time 55minutes
2cupsold fashioned rolled oatmeal
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2cup sunflower seeds
1cupsweetened flaked coconut
1/2cuphoneyI used a dark honey
1 1/2teaspoonalmond extract
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 9" baking pan with vegetable spray. Cut a piece of parchment paper 8" wide and 15" long. Place the parchment into the pan with extra paper hanging over the sides. Set aside.
On a half sheet pan, toss together the oatmeal, almonds, wheat germ and sunflower seeds. Spread the mixture into a single layer and bake for 15 minutes, stirring two to three times during baking. Remove from oven and set aside.
Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
Meanwhile, add the honey, brown sugar, melted butter and almond extract to a small saucepan and heat, stirring constantly over medium heat until the brown sugar has dissolved. Stir in the orange zest.
Transfer the oatmeal mixture to a large bowl and add the coconut. Pour in the honey mixture and stir until well combined.
Press the granola evenly into the prepared pan. Tip: Spray your fingers with vegetable spray so they don't stick to the granola while you're pressing it into the pan.
Bake for 15 minutes, spin the pan around 180° and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips and a light sprinkle of sea salt (if using). Let the granola cool to room temperature before cutting into bars.