Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars
These oat bars are the perfect treat for any occasion. Like Friday for example. Or Valentine's Day. Add a layer of chocolate on top with a sprinkle of coconut and goji berries to take them to the next level. They are also delicious without any toppings and served as granola bars for a healthy snack. Not only are they healthy and delicious, but these bars are also vegan, gluten-free and nut-free!
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup sunflower seeds, roasted or raw
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter
- 1 cup unsweetened or dark chocolate, chopped
- coconut flakes
- goji berries, chopped
Add dates to a food processor and pulse a few times to chop, without forming a ball.
Add oats, sunflower seeds, vanilla, salt, water and sunflower seed butter. Process until the ingredients are well mixed and stick together when pressed. Transfer to a 9"x9" dish and press to the bottom (making sure it's compact so that the bars don't crumble).
Melt the chocolate. I simply add it to a bowl and melt it in a microwave for approximately 2 minutes, but a sauce pan works as well. You can add a teaspoon of coconut oil if desired to help melt.
Pour the chocolate over the oat bars. Spread evenly. Top with coconut flakes and goji berries immediately before the chocolate hardens to make sure it sticks.
Put the bars in the fridge or freezer for the chocolate to harden before cutting. Cut into 12 bars and enjoy!
I also tried these bars with melted margarine instead of sunflower seed butter and they were great as well! It added a good buttery taste. Choose whichever ingredient you prefer.
Seal with a plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge or freezer.