Coconut, Applesauce & Dark Chocolate Chunk Oat Bars

by Charlie Rioux on October 25, 2011

I love oat bars. They are tasty. And an easy snack. But let’s face it, most store-bought oat bars are not that healthy. And the healthy ones are expensive. Making oat bars was always something I wanted to do, but I never got to it! Now, I wonder why…

Here is what happened: I wanted to make a special treat for a friend. I thought about what I knew she liked and all I could think about was that she eats oat bars all. the. time. Every day I see her, I see an oat bar. So I just HAD to make her oat bars. And since everyone loves chocolate, I’d definitely add some chopped chocolate in there. The rest was just what I had on hand ;).

Coconut, Applesauce & Dark Chocolate Chunk Oat Bars

Adaptation of Healthy Banana Cranberry Oat Bars, Oh She Glows

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds, grounded
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp grounded cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate (I used 85%)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F and line two bread pans with parchment paper (let some paper hang on the sides).

In a bowl, whisk almond milk, sugar, grounded flax, chia seeds, melted coconut oil, vanilla and applesauce together and set aside. In a second bowl, mix oats, coconut, cinnamon, flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the wet mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Stir in chopped chocolate.

Scoop half the batter in each bread pan. Smooth out and press down firmly with a spatula. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the edges begin to get golden. Cool 10 minutes in the pans, then transfer to a wire rack (remove using the parchment paper hanging on the sides) to cool completely. Slice each half in four bars.

Makes 8 bars.

These bars were so easy to make! I will definitely make my own oat bars often from now on because they were also d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. The applesauce is very subtle, the coconut is great combined to the apple and adds a yummy overall taste and the chocolate chunks are decadent!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily @ Life on Food October 26, 2011 at 6:08 AM

These look great to me…almost dessert with the coconut and chocolate. I think I will keep thinking they are a snack though so I can have more decadence later on. Delicious!

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Christine October 29, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Looks great. Perfect snack.

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Tiffany October 29, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Healthy with the chia and flax … decadent with the dark chocolate! The best of both worlds! :D

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Carolyn October 29, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Seriously yummy bars! I buzzed them.

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Leisly November 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Delicious…Made me want to go kitchen and eat some food

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Roxana GreenGirl November 7, 2011 at 7:43 PM

i love granola bars and always try new combos. These look and sound too good not to make them! Thanks for sharing Charlie

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