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Tropical Granola Bars

Hello and Happy New Year!  Are you ready for 2011?  I can honestly say I’ve never been more excited for an upcoming year!

M’s latest obsession is granola bars.  Every chance she gets she’s asking for one.  Mr. Weekly Bite buys them by the case so I figured it was time I made them for the familia.  After three trials I finally achieved the perfect bar.  They are rich, chewy, and satisfying. They’ve got coconut, mango, pineapple, & figs.

Oh, and did I mention these are vegan?!

M gave these her seal of approval!  She LOVED them 🙂  As did Mr. Weekly Bite 🙂

Here’s everything you need:

  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats (not quick cooking oats)
  • 1/3 cup dried mango, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried pineapple, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried figs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped mixed nuts
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper or wax paper.

In a large saucepan, heat canola oil, honey, & brown sugar over medium-low heat.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and add in oats, dried fruit, nuts, flax meal, & coconut.  Stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour mixture into parchment lined pan.  Press mixture so its evenly distributed.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.  For chewy granola bars, bake for no more than 25 minutes. For crispy bars, bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool for 15 minutes in pan.  Carefully remove from pan.  Slice to desired size, let cool completely.  Once cooled, separate bars and enjoy 🙂

These were such a hit in our house that they’re almost gone!  Which means its time to make more!

p.s. Weekly Bite is getting a little facelift.  I’m so excited about this!  I hope you will love the changes as much I do.  This means we’re stuck with the Christmas header for a couple more weeks.  Thanks for your patience 🙂

16 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on January 3, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I love figs so I would surely love these!

  2. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on January 3, 2011 at 9:27 am

    These sound great. Plus, they leave out my least favorite granola bar add-ins: raisins and dried cranberries.

  3. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on January 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

    These sound perfect! I love the pics of M!

  4. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on January 3, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Yum! Those look like a hit!

  5. Peggy said on January 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

    What a unique and delicious granola combo! Definitely going to give this one a go!

  6. Lauren at KeepItSweet said on January 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I still haven’t tried homemade granola bars but these look great (although, I’d have to leave out the coconut!)

  7. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen said on January 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I wish I had those granola bars right now…

    I also wish I had M’s sweater. I wonder if they make it in my size? 😉

  8. Emily @ For Sweets Sake said on January 3, 2011 at 11:15 am

    This looks like a great recipe! 🙂

  9. TheHealthyapron said on January 3, 2011 at 11:42 am

    oooooooooooo I love homemade granola bars! These look great! bookmarked!

  10. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on January 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    These look yummy! Meghan’s obsessed with Larabars, so I’m making homemade “Larabars” all the time. I can’t keep up with her. 🙂

    Happy New Year to you and I’m excited to see your blog changes!

  11. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) said on January 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    YUUUUM. I love chewy granola bars. I need to try this recipe out… except I think I want to do a maple pecan spin off. Thanks for the great recipe!

  12. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on January 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I have never made granola bars before!! They sound wonderful…and perfect flavors for winter!

  13. Natalia - a side of simple said on January 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Your granola mix for these bars sounds great, though I may be tempted to just eat the batter… But I don’t think that’s a bad thing 🙂 Looking forward to your new design!

  14. Michelle said on January 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been on the hunt for a good homemade granola bar recipe. I can’t wait to try it! I may need to leave out the coconut as well, although my husband would like it ;).

  15. Anne Marie said on January 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I love this!! Starred for when I finally find figs in a grocery store… 😉

  16. Natalie @Will Jog For Food said on January 4, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Home made granola bars?? You are good!