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Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars (Healthy!)

Dark Chocolate and Coconut stand out in these healthy, (Kashi copycat!) Granola Bars!

If the amount of photos in this post is any indication of how much I LOVE these bars, then yes. Just YES. Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars (Healthy!) | Fabtastic Eats

Snacks! Ohmygosh. They’re close to one of my favorite parts of the day. Not just for the fact that snacks are SO good, but I constantly crave them. Like all day long. I could just keep on shoving my face. Most days I do..I have no self-control.

I’ve tried to snack on just carrots or celery, and sometimes when I have a big bowl of hummus, I can totally pull that off. But many times…just no.

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I like sugar! I like salt! I like lots of flavor in whatever I am going to be consuming! My oldest son has turned into the ultimate snacker. He’s not a huge fan of big meals, he just snacks all day long. From breakfast until dinner..he just keeps eating. Both of my kids do actually, but my youngest really loves a good, solid meal too. Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars (Healthy!) | Fabtastic Eats

Anyways, I think he learned that bad snacking habit from yours truly. C’est la vie.

I usually keep a box or two of granola bars on hand to toss in my purse, when I know we will be running errands for a few hours. My kids are great, but food always helps hold them a little longer when they’re getting fidgety.

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My most favorite lately are the Kashi Chocolate and Coconut Bars. This is definitely not a sponsored post, I just sincerely cannot get enough of them. SO this is kind of a copycat of those bars.

My kids and I can plow through a box of them if I’m not careful..they love them as much as I do. So I figured, why not try and make them at home? Then I really know what is going in them.

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You know when you envision something to be good, and then the outcome exceeds your expectations? Well yes, that is what happened here. I believe these are better than the Kashi ones, if I do say so myself.

Even my coconut, granola, hating husband couldn’t get enough of these. We were eating them as dessert after dinner for a few days..and as snacks too! Complete perfection of granola bars.

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You’ve got the dark chocolate, nuts, oats, flax, chia seeds, and lots of flavors bringing these bars together. They’re the ultimate indulgence that you can actually feel pretty guilt-free about! Healthy fats, antioxidants, fiber, and loads of texture and flavor!

These are becoming a permanent staple in our house!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars (Healthy!) | Fabtastic Eats

Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars (Healthy!)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 26 Bars

Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars (Healthy!)

Dark Chocolate and Coconut stand out in these healthy, (Kashi copycat!) Granola Bars!


    For the Bars
  • 1 cup whole almonds, divided
  • 1 cup walnuts, divided
  • 1 ½ cup old fashion oats, divided
  • ¼ cup ground flax
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • For the Chocolate Glaze
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate (about 1 ½ cups chopped)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts,
  • ¼ cup chopped coconut flakes


  1. In a food processor, add a ½ cup of almonds, ½ cup of walnuts, and ¾ cup of the oats. Process until it turns into a fine powder, about 1 minute. (Be careful not to over process, you don’t want it to start sticking together.)
  2. Roughly chop the remaining almonds and walnuts. Add them to a large bowl along with the remaining ¾ cup oats and the processed powder.
  3. Add to the bowl the ground flax, chia seeds, and coconut flakes. Toss together.
  4. Heat a small pan on the stove over medium heat. Add the honey, coconut oil, vanilla bean paste, cinnamon, and the almond butter. Stir constantly until everything is fully melted and begins to foam. Allow it to foam and bubble for about a minute before immediately pouring it over the nuts and oats mixture.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, stir everything together until it’s evenly distributed.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 13x6’’ pan with parchment paper, enough to hang over two of the sides.
  7. Pour the granola mixture into the pan and spread evenly. Now using a metal spatula, begin pressing down really hard all along the edges and through the middle. (I was using my body weight a lot of the time. If you don’t press down so that it’s very tight, then when you go to cut them later, they’ll just fall apart on you. So it’s important to really put some pressure on it.)
  8. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until firm. Remove and allow to cool completely.
  9. To make the chocolate glaze, melt 1 TB coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the chocolate chips, and stir often while they continue to melt until it becomes a perfectly smooth glaze.
  10. Pour it over the bars and using a spatula, spread it to the edges and even it out.
  11. Sprinkle the top with additional walnuts and coconut flakes if desired.
  12. Allow the top to set. (I made these in the afternoon, and it wasn’t completely firm until the next morning.) You can certainly cut into them sooner, but the chocolate will probably just melt off the edges.
  13. Once fully set, pick up both sides of the overhanging parchment paper and remove from the pan. Chop into desired size. (I cut mine to be about 1”x3” and I got 26 Bars out of them.)


It looks like there are a lot of steps and it takes forever, but these really do come together in 30 minutes. Its the waiting for the chocolate to set and slightly harden that takes forever! (But no one says you can't cut into them when it's still all melty!)

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  • Reply Meg @ The Housewife In Training Files

    Glad I am not the only one that would rather snack than have large meals! I just can’t eat that much in one sitting. Maybe that helps me accept my fat kid situation and that I just love food?! But these bars….these bars would definitely help fill the void in my snack time lately! I love coconut and chocolate. Delish!

    April 2, 2014 at 7:45 am
    • Reply Alaina

      hahah Im pretty sure I eat more when I snack all day than when I eat just a meal too. BUT then we’re getting a greater variety of foods! Winning! 😉 Coconut and Choc are an addicting combo for sure! Thanks girl!

      April 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Me, dark chocolate and coconut are in a second relationship. But I”m free to talk about it. These look like rockstars! Pinning!
    Have a beautiful Thursday!

    April 3, 2014 at 9:42 am
    • Reply Alaina

      I totally hear that! Thanks girl!

      April 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Julia @ hungryandconfused

    LOVE the look of these! Pinning!

    April 10, 2014 at 11:50 am
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you so much!

      April 16, 2014 at 12:03 am
  • Reply Tina

    My kids would gobble these up, I’m going to make them this weekend. Pinned and Tweeted! Yum Yum.

    April 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you so much! Hope you all enjoy!!

      May 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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  • Reply jaycee

    These are delicious! I’ve made them a few times following the recipe exactly, with excellent results. The last couple times I toasted the coconut and almonds. Gave it a little pizzazz. Might add a touch of sea salt next time. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

    May 27, 2015 at 7:46 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      so glad you’re loving them! thank you!!

      June 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm
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    How do you store them? The granola is baking in the oven as I type–the house smells wonderful!!! Thank you!

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  • Reply Debbie

    These look delicious! I am definitely making these! Do you put them in the fridge to harden the chocolate?

    July 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm
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      I believe I just allowed to let them set on the counter for awhile. But you could certainly pop them in the fridge for a bit to speed up the process!

      July 19, 2016 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Fionnuala

    Where can I buy vanilla bean paste?

    July 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hi! i always pick mine up at a marshalls or tj maxx when I see it, but you can buy it right on amazon, and should be able to find some at most kitchen or specialty food stores!

      August 12, 2016 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Kerstin

    I love this recipe. I made it three times now and we always have a nice tasty healthy snack around. I used vanilla powder instead of the vanilla paste. Works good too. Thank you for sharing this great recipe, I will share it with my friends and customers as well.

    September 21, 2016 at 2:44 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Im so happy that you’re continuing to enjoy it!

      September 27, 2016 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Stella

    Made them fresh this morning. I put the chia in the Magic bullet to ground it up. Also I added cranberries and sunflower seeds on top of the chocolate. Came out so good thanks for posting it.

    September 24, 2016 at 1:02 pm
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      ooh I bet the addition of the cranberries was wonderful! Im so glad you enjoyed them!

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  • Reply Tina

    These are insanely good!!! I have made them a couple of times with no modifications. They last long time in the fridge, that’s if you can resist them.

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      hah yes! temptation is a difficult thing! im so happy you’re enjoying them so much!

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  • Reply Deb

    I did these without the vanilla paste because I just don’t have it. Plus, I’m very anxious to try these! My oven seems to be acting strange (very slow to warm up) tonight, go figures lol. I’m trying to give it a go anyways! These look absolutely delicious!! I’m a coconut and chocolate lover 100%. Whenever I can add then too to any deserts/breakfast/smoothie bowls I deff do! Is there a way to tweak these recipe to make it a no bake version? Thanks for the post!!

    December 8, 2016 at 8:03 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Im with you there! There are these dark chocolate coconut almonds that Ive been crazy over lately! So Im not sure this specific recipe you could make no bake, I would be afraid the bars wouldn’t stay together. But if you do try it, pack them really, really tight before slicing into them. And I would love to know how that works!

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    What are the calories

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    I love this recipe! I have made it many times over the past year and it’s amazing. Today, I tried a variation as well: (1) substitute almond extract for vanilla paste (1:1 substitution); (2) add 1 tsp orange zest to the honey mixture and 1 tsp orange zest to the chocolate topping. It was FANTASTIC!

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