Recipe: Toasted Coconut & Chocolate Granola Bars

Seen on Midday in Kansas, August 22nd.

TOASTED COCONUT AND CHOCOLATE GRANOLA BARS

Loaded with fiber and protein, these granola bars make a perfect snack for hungry kids just home from school or breakfast on the go for those mornings when there’s just not time to sit down and eat.

1 cup shredded coconut
2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
½ cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1½ cups vanilla soy protein powder
1½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F
Spread coconut on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes stirring halfway through, until lightly toasted. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 300°F and grease a 9×13” pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl add margarine, brown sugar, molasses, honey, vanilla and eggs, and applesauce; whisk to combine.

Add coconut, oats, and vanilla soy protein powder, stir well then press into the prepared pan, making sure the surface is level and corners well packed.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Let cool 5 minutes. Turn bars out on cutting board, cut into 2×6-inch bars. Cool completely. Wrap bars individually. Makes 12 Granola Bars.
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