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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!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

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.