Coconut Cashew Granola Bars

These veganΒ Coconut Cashew Granola Bars are sweet, satisfying, and wholesome!

Coconut Cashew Granola Bars

I was watching a clip of my favourite lady Nigella making Granola Bars the other day, and she described medjool dates as “the most delicious edible glue”. Isn’t that perfect? She’s right (obviously…!), medjool dates add the most wonderful sticky,Β caramely, natural sweetness to any recipe, and thus, they make the perfect no-bake granola bar ingredient.

Coconut Cashew Granola BarsCoconut Cashew Granola Bars

When time permits, I always prefer homemade granola bars to shop bought ones. Healthier, whole ingredients, and they just taste better to me. This is my current favourite bar- a toasted oat and coconut base, with crunchy cashews, and a drizzling of dark chocolate for a little indulgence. So delicious!

Coconut Cashew Granola Bars- Emma's Little Kitchen

Whats your favourite go-to snack?!

Coconut Cashew Granola Bars
 
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Serves: 12 bars
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup chopped raw cashews
  • 1½ cups oats
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1½ cups pitted, chopped dates (medjool if possible)
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup or honey (if not vegan)
  • 6 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips
Method
  1. Line a 9x9 inch pan with two sheets of cling film (plastic wrap) so that all four sides are covered. Push your fingers into all of the corners to ensure that it fits tightly
  2. Tip the nuts, oats and coconut into a medium saucepan, and warm over a medium heat. Toast the nuts, oats and coconut in the dry pan stirring constantly. When the coconut turns a golden brown colour, immediately remove from the heat and tip into a large bowl (the coconut can burn very easily!)
  3. Return the saucepan to the heat, and add the chopped dates, maple syrup, nut butter, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Stir everything until it has melted together and the dates start to break down into a sticky sauce-lie mixture (like in the picture above). Remove from the heat, and tip into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir everything until well combined
  4. Tip the mixture into the lined pan, and press it flat with your fingers and pop in the fridge to chill
  5. Put the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, and heat in the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring between each time, until the chocolate is melted. Drizzle over the top of the bars and allow to set in the fridge before cutting into slices

Adapted from my Gingerbread Granola Bars.

For best results, store in the fridge.

Coconut Cashew Granola Bars- Emma's Little Kitchen

48 comments

  1. Evi says:

    This look extremely delicious, Emma! Granola is my favourite snack on the go and this version is just perfect πŸ™‚
    Pinned!

  2. demeter | beaming baker says:

    Emma, I completely agree that homemade granola bars are so much better! The difference is amazing. Your homemade bars combine such tasty ingredients! Well done. πŸ™‚ My favorite go to snack is chocolate almond coconut granola. <3

  3. Izzy @She Likes Food says:

    I’m embarassed to say that I’ve never cooked with medjool dates before! I was just thinking about trying to make my own granola bars today though, so I guess I need to look into them! These look so good that I think I could eat them for snacks and dessert πŸ™‚

  4. kathryn @ The Scratch Artist says:

    I love homemade granola bars and your flavors sound amazing. Store bought bars always have a chemical like taste to me. Dates are incredible…magical really. When I first discovered date brownies I went on an all things date binge πŸ™‚

  5. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says:

    WOW! These are beautiful! Looks like the perfect granola treats! They look super intriguing, Emma.

  6. Katie @ Whole Nourishment says:

    I like how these are at once decadent and nourishing. Anything with the chocolate, coconut, date combo is a good one. And oh, I love watching Nigella too. πŸ˜‰ Do you have any other favorite YouTubers? I’m always on the lookout for more. I like Donal Skehan (not pure veg), The Happy Pear (though they can get really loud), Deliciously Ella, Peaceful Cuisine, Green Kitchen Stories, and a few others.

    • Emma says:

      Obsessed with Happy Pear, and pretty much anything on Jamie Olivers Food Tube! Will defo have to check out your other suggestions, thanks Katie!

  7. Els says:

    Emma I made them yesterday and they are awesome!
    Eat 2 together with my boyfriend as an evening snack and the rest of the bars are in the freezer for the coming weeks. This will be a snack to look forward to, really more like a treat than a ‘healthy snack’! And maybe they are more are treat than a healthy snack after all, (also because of the chocolate) but I don’t care πŸ™‚
    I made the caramel very smooth by the way, by adding a bit of water when it almost started to burn + I used the handblender to make one big paste.

    • Emma says:

      Definitely a treat, but one thats crammed full of good stuff! Nice work on the caramel Els, so happy you stopped by to report back!!

  8. kerri says:

    Oh my gosh these look to die for! I love the combination of coconut & chocolate – it is a close rival to peanut butter and chocolate for me!

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