Coconut, Cherry and Chocolate Granola Bars

I always like to make granola bars, ensuring I have quick and fairly healthy snacks in the cupboard. For these granola bars I used a similar recipe to the one I created for Almond, Apricot, Cranberry and Chocolate Granola Bars using the base recipe and changing a few ingredients to add a whole new flavour to the bars. I love the flavour combination of coconut and cherry and it really works well in a granola bar. I made these ones slightly bigger than the other ones to experiment with sizing and achieving a good portion size. This recipe makes about 12 but you can easily cut it into as many squares or slices you would like.

Ingredients for 12 Granola BArs

2 ½ (213g) cups rolled oats

½ cup (50g) desiccated coconut

½ cup (75g) sunflower seeds

½ tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp (40g) unsalted butter

⅓ cup (113 g) honey

¼ cup (55g) light brown sugar

pinch of salt

½ cup (100g) glacé cherries

50g plain chocolate chunks

METHOD

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175°C/ 350°F and line a roughly 8×6 inch tin with baking paper.
  2. Melt the butter, honey, sugar, salt and extracts in a medium sized saucepan, remove from the heat and add the oats, coconut, seeds, cherries and roughly half the chocolate chunks and mix well.
  3. Pour into the tray, scatter the remaining chocolate chunks over the top and press down with the back of a spoon.
  4. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
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