Seems like forever since the last #chocolateparty, but it has only been a month! Maybe because I made my December edition early in November, I was just so excited for mint and chocolate together! This month has proven harder for me though. This month the theme is coconut. See, I don’t like coconut. There in lies the problem. But I got creative, and these granola bars are awesome!
I may not like coconut, but I do like using coconut oil. Not sure if it is a texture thing or what, but I just can’t do shredded coconut. I have made granola bars using coconut oil in the past, but they needed to be done again. And healthier, and better.
If you do like coconut, adding shredded coconut to these would be a great edition. Or chopped nuts, if that’s how you role. I decided I needed to get rid of the mini marshmallow bites that were in my pantry, so I added those. Not very many though, only 1/4 of a cup, so I am still going to consider these good for you. My son has already had 2 of them today, he loves them!
I have never actually had a Larabar. Is that bad? I have seen lots of recipes recently for them, so I decided it was time to try them. They are full of good for you ingredients, so they are a great change from the regular granola bars. They also make a great, quick on the go breakfast.
It should come as no surprise that for my first step into these bars, I went with a peanut butter and chocolate combo. It has never steered me wrong before, so why question it this time. The possibilities are endless though; chocolate, oatmeal chocolate chip, raisins, cranberries, other nuts etc. Have fun testing out new combinations. There is no baking involved, so they come together very quickly!
These were great to have on hand for a quick snack. My 7 year old enjoyed them, and I felt good giving him a snack that was healthy, and not full of preservatives and chemicals. I did not run the nutrition information, so I do not know how it compares to the store bought variety.
We are headed to Iowa today. After a week in Wisconsin, it is time to start the drive home. On the way we get to spend a couple days with friends in Iowa. My 7 year old is super excited to see his old friends again. He has adjusted amazingly well to Colorado, but still remembers what we left behind. I am excited to get to see my friends too, should be a great weekend.
Once we get back home it will be time to get back to eating better again. Vacation always derails me. I will have to stock the fridge with these granola bars again, so I have something I won’t feel guilty eating. I have been wanting to try Almond Butter, and finally I bought a jar at Costco a few weeks ago. I adapted another Granola Bars recipe we loved, and used the Almond Butter. My son loved them. I was honestly surprised, there is a lot of almond flavor, but he ate them like crazy!
Unfortunately, these do need to be kept cool, so they aren’t great for a road trip or hiking. But they are a great reward once you get back home!