I went to Aldi yesterday and saw these granola bars that looked delicious. They were filled with coconut and dipped in chocolate…mmm. I put them in my cart and then changed my mind about them later. I knew I could totally just make them—or at least make something inspired by them. And there you have it; the story behind these granola bars, riveting.
ALMOND JOY GRANOLA BARS
2½ c. quick cooking oats
½ c. roughly chopped almonds
1 c. shredded coconut
1/3 c. honey
¼ c. butter
¼ brown sugar
¼ tsp. almond extract
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. salt
1/3 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Line a pan with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
On a tray, mix together the oats, coconut, and almonds. Bake for about 5 minutes, and then mix. Bake for another 5 minutes.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter, sugar, and honey together until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then add in the salt and the extracts.
Transfer the toasted oat mixture into a large bowl. Pour in the honey mixture and combine until everything is fully coated. Next, add in the chocolate chips. (Mine melted when I mixed them in, but that doesn’t matter, because the flavor is really what I was after, and it just works as a glue to keep the granola bars from falling apart.)
Once it is all mixed together, transfer it to the prepared pan and press it down. Pressing it down helps to make sure that the granola bars aren’t crumbly. Make sure the pan is big enough that the mixture can spread to about ½ inch thick. My bars ended up about 1 inch thick, and it’s too much. Also be careful not to press down on the mixture too hard, because the granola bars will become really hard, which no one likes.
I topped mine with more chocolate chips and toasted coconut that I gently pressed into the top—yum, I recommend it.
Then, transfer the granola bars into the fridge and let set up for about 2 hours. Take them out, remove the foil, and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container and enjoy for up to a week!
I'm Kirsten. Big time foodie, all around goofball, and freelance marketer.