Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bar

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Layered dark chocolate, coconut and nuts are in this homemade granola bar! The Foodie Affair

These homemade Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars are a cinch to make and are packed with almonds, peanuts, and oats that will keep you satisfied for hours! With the summer heat and non-stop activities you gotta keep hydrated and fueled with drinks and snacks that are portable and easy to grab when you need to quench your thirst and squash those hunger pangs!

I picked up a Fitbit walking tracker not too long ago because I wanted to see how many miles I walk each day. I was surprised to learn that I walk a lot, but I wasn’t always getting the recommended 10,000 steps. The days I struggle with meeting my goal I’ll walk laps around the conference table at work or jog through the house before going to bed, and other days I go WAY over 10,000 steps!  That usually happens when I grab a friend and hit the hiking trails. We’ll be chatting away catching up with what’s going on in our lives and not realize how deep into the wilderness we’ve explored!

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I’m a short drive from some of the most amazing hiking areas. Big Sur is loaded with trails along the Pacific Ocean. In the past I would explore the trails unprepared. No map, no sun protection, water or snacks. It only took one massive headache to learn that you can really get dehydrated if you don’t drink enough fluids even when you feel like you haven’t exerted much energy! Smartwater is the first thing I pack up when I head outdoors. I’m lucky to have Safeway on the way to my favorite trails. I keep a portable 6 pack handy to guzzle after the hike, but my favorite Smartwater container that I carry with me has a flip top that is easy to drink out of.

Layered dark chocolate, coconut and nuts are in this homemade granola bar! The Foodie Affair

I also make sure I have a snack that will give me quick energy. These granola bars are just the right combination of flavors. Lightly sweetened with honey and packed with protein from the nuts and carbohydrates from the oats and rice cereal. The dark chocolate and coconut flakes are a delicious bonus that I like to add, but these also taste scrumptious without the toppings.

Layered dark chocolate, coconut and nuts are in this homemade granola bar! The Foodie Affair

The ingredients are simple and from start to finish will take only 25 minutes. There is a cooling period, so you do have to be patient for all the ingredients to harden once the bars are cooked, but boy is it worth the wait!

Layered dark chocolate, coconut and nuts are in this homemade granola bar! The Foodie Affair

These granola bars freeze well too, so make a stash to have available at anytime, and be sure to stay hydrated this summer with Smartwater! Safeway is offering a great savings and incentive to stock up on several drinks. If you purchase at least $10 worth of Smartwater or any of the following brands; vitaminwater, fruitwater, Gold Peak, Honest Tea, and/or POWERADE you’ll receive the Catalina coupon for $4 off your next purchase at Safeway. Can’t beat that savings!

What’s your favorite drink that keeps you hydrated during the warmer months?

SmartWater is the perfect drink with this Layered dark chocolate, coconut and nuts are in this homemade granola bar! The Foodie Affair

Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bar
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups quick oats
  • 1½ cups rice crispy cereal
  • ½ cup whole almonds
  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • TOPPING
  • 2 dark chocolate candy bars
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup dry roasted peanuts
Instructions
  1. Line a 8 X 10 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large bowl combine oats, rice cereal, almonds and peanuts.
  4. In a small sauce pan whisk together honey, vanilla and sea salt. Bring to a rolling boil and pour over dry ingredients. Fold into ingredients and mix until coated with honey. Pour into prepared pan and pack down ingredients with a spatula or spoon.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and pat down ingredients again. Place chocolate pieces on top and put back in the oven for another 5 minutes. Take out of oven and with a rubber spatula spread chocolate until a thin layer coats the top. Sprinkle coconut over chocolate and nuts. Gently pat ingredients into the chocolate. Let cool until chocolate hardens (place in refrigerator to speed cooling). Remove foil and cut into 8-10 bars.

Layered dark chocolate, coconut and nuts are in this homemade granola bar! The Foodie Affair

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Layered dark chocolate, coconut and nuts are in this homemade granola bar! The Foodie Affair
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51 Comments on Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bar

  1. avatar
    July 9, 2015

    I just bought a FitBit too – I love testing myself each day to walk more and more steps. Definitely need to make this granola bar and pick up some Smart Water the next time I’m challenging myself!

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      July 10, 2015

      That little gadget sure is a motivator! I have another watch with a heart monitor that does basically the same thing, but that’s so cumbersome! Definitely keep fueled!

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    July 9, 2015

    I am all about my FitBit AND Smartwater…now i have to make those yummy granola bars so I can add them to my “must have” list!

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    July 9, 2015

    I don’t have a FitBit but it seems like everyone I know does these days. I might need to get with the program! 🙂 Love this granola bar recipe and I am going to have to check out SmartWater too!

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      July 10, 2015

      It was a Costco impulse buy for me, but I really like it! Keeps me motivated to keep moving! Smartwater has some electrolytes that are great for runners – so clean tasting too!

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    Lori Pace says:
    July 10, 2015

    These looks so good!! It is awesome that you are staying hydrated with SmartWater too! (client)

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    Mary Frances says:
    July 10, 2015

    Yum! What a great, healthy homemade alternative.

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      July 10, 2015

      Not as expensive as the pre-packaged bars either. I think these taste much better too 🙂

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    michaela An Affair from the Heart says:
    July 10, 2015

    These looks so delicious!! What a fantastic recipe! I love drinking Smart Water! 🙂

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      July 10, 2015

      I could do some damage with these granola bars, but I’ve been sharing nicely!

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    July 10, 2015

    I cycle along the SoCal coast and it is so beautiful. We are lucky to have these ocean views for our workouts. I drink plain water during my workouts. That and watermelon juice keep me hydrated all year round.

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      July 10, 2015

      Watermelon is a great hydrator! I stick with water too. Smartwater is my go to brand. We are so lucky, KC! Our weather is near perfect too!

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    Erlene says:
    July 10, 2015

    That looks amazing! I love making granola bars for the kids to snack on and it’s great to have new recipes.

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      July 10, 2015

      I hope you’ll give this one a try, Erlene! I bet these will be a hit with your kids 🙂

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      July 10, 2015

      I never get bored, Sheena with trails like we have here! The granola bars are super easy to make and I try to keep a stash in the freezer so they’re always available.

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      July 12, 2015

      They’re super good, especially if you’re a chocolate lover 🙂

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    July 10, 2015

    Ok, seriously, these bars are YUMILICIOUS! Yup, worthy of a made-up word!

    I am a huge water drinker. Chocolate martinis, too, but those just won’t due on a long walk. 😉

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      July 12, 2015

      I drink water all day long, and some days a lot more than others when it’s super hot outside. Chocolate martinis? Holy yum! Yes, please!!

    • avatar
      July 12, 2015

      Granola bars definitely hit the spot when you need something to fill the tummy!

  10. avatar
    July 10, 2015

    This is a fantastic recipe. I have been seeing homemade granola bars a lot lately, and I really need to give it a shot. Pinned.

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    LydiaF says:
    July 10, 2015

    My phone came with an app that tracks my steps. I agree it’s a big motivator. Like you, I’ll find myself “finishing up” that last 1000 steps before going to bed.

  12. I love to hike, but we don’t have much hiking here in FL. We do have lots of heat and sun, so I always keep my SmartWater with me! Your bars look great, Sandra! Perfect treat!!

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      July 12, 2015

      Thank you, Marion! Florida does get the heat! Lots of water activities I bet.

  13. Oh. My. WOW. These look amazing. I was hooked as soon as I saw almonds and chocolate!

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      July 12, 2015

      Are they an amazing combination?! I love chocolate covered everything – lol!

  14. avatar
    July 10, 2015

    Your dark chocolate coconut granola bars look so good that I would have mine eaten before I even hit the hiking rail. Well it would at least be less to carry… LOL Loving your outdoor shots! Wishing you a super day!

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      July 12, 2015

      Thank you, Bobbi! I was excited to show some of my stopping grounds! These granola bars are hard to resist, that’s for sure 🙂

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    christine says:
    July 11, 2015

    This looks like the perfect refueling snack, especially on these summer days I’m finding myself running around like crazy. I got a fit bit too recently and I was very surprised at how much I actually walk. On the days I’m not hitting my goal, I drive my husband nuts by doing laps through the kitchen and living room while we’re watching tv.

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      July 12, 2015

      haha! My co-worker was telling me that she gets on her treadmill that happens to be in their bedroom at 11:00 pm getting those steps in! Our husbands don’t know how lucky they are 😉

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    July 11, 2015

    These granola bars look absolutely amazing! There is pretty much nothing about these that I don’t love, lol. 🙂 Perfect pre-workout fuel!

    • avatar
      July 12, 2015

      Grab one and gooo! That’s what I like about these bars too 🙂

  17. avatar
    July 11, 2015

    Coconut and dark chocolate is such a great combination, these granola bars sound wonderful!

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      July 12, 2015

      It’s my husband’s favorite flavor combination too and since I’m sharing I thought he would appreciate the topping!

  18. avatar
    July 11, 2015

    I have made Granolas in the past but they never turned out this good. Your recipe is so amazing.

    • avatar
      July 12, 2015

      You’re so nice, Rini! I know yours are just as delicious. You can’t fool me 😉

  19. avatar
    Diane says:
    July 11, 2015

    I lovemaking granola. Have not yet managed to make a good granola bar. This one looks really scrumptious! Im putting it on my menu soon!

    • avatar
      July 12, 2015

      Oh, yes! Granola gets sprinkled on yogurt, oatmeal and ice cream and the bars are great for snacking all on its own!

  20. avatar
    July 12, 2015

    Those granola bars look terrific! I’ve only been dangerously dehydrated once and I never want that to happen again. 🙂

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      July 12, 2015

      I’m with you on that, Maureen! Your whole body can do havoc if it’s not properly hydrated!

  21. avatar
    July 12, 2015

    Great hike and perfect snack & beverage! I do a lot of running & hiking and always need good fuel for the day. This looks excellent!

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      July 12, 2015

      Thanks, Debra! I think these granola bars have the perfect combination of carbs and protein for a pick-me-up any time of day!

  22. avatar
    Katerina says:
    July 13, 2015

    I love these types of bars! They look crunchy and super delicious!

  23. avatar
    Angela says:
    July 13, 2015

    These bars sound AMAZING!!! Perfect afternoon snack!!

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