excited to make this today – thanks to emma eats for the recipe!
(makes 10 bars)
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup finely chopped pitted medjool dates (about 5 or 6 large dates)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground kosher salt
1/2 cup dark maple syrup, room temperature
3 tablespoons melted unrefined coconut oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
optional – a shake of cayenne
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Spread the oats and coconut evenly over a baking sheet and toast in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, stirring once or twice over the duration. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
Grease an 8″ x 8″ square pan, or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together the oat/coconut mixture with the chopped dates, ground flaxseed, chocolate chips, cinnamon and salt. After the dates are broken up and not sticking together in one big bunch, stir in the maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla.
Using a spatula, press the mixture evenly into the base of the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges are slightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely in pan before cutting.
update: not my favorite. tasted heavily of maple syrup. first attempt at a granola bar. tons of substitutions and added lots of cashews and walnuts, which is probably why they fell apart. also figured out i was cutting them too early – they really have to cool a bit before you cut them.