Coconut & Flax Granola Bars (Gluten Free & Vegan)

March 26, 2014 · 12 comments

I love homemade granola bars for breakfast on the go and late afternoon snacks. When I got home from Miami, I noticed I had 4 super ripe bananas  and few of my regular go to snacks so I whipped up a quick batch using what I had in my house. The result was a delicious coconut and flaxseed success. 
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Made with just a few ingredients, you can easily add in dried fruit, nuts or chocolate chips for your own variety. Each bar is about 150 calories, is naturally gluten free and vegan. Each one also has 9g of heart healthy fats, 6g of protein, 11 carbs, 4g of fiber and 3g of sugar.

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This morning, I brought one to Barry’s to eat after teaching but before my own workout. It was the perfect energizing snack. 

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Coconut & Flaxseed Granola Bars (Gluten Free, Vegan) Makes 16 servings

  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 packet Perfect Fit Protein Powder (or 1 serving of your favorite Vanilla Protein Powder)
  • 2 packets Truvia Natural Sweetener
  • 2 cups Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Ground Flaxseeds
Preheat oven to 350F. Mash the bananas well or puree in a food processor. Combine with the milk and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients.  Slowly combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix well. If you are going to use dried fruit, add it in here. Press batter into a large baking dish or cookie sheet. Make sure mixture is evenly distributed throughout. If you would like to add in chocolate chips, you can add them on top here. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Let cool and cut into 16 even sized bars. 

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Substitutions: You can omit the protein powder if you would like. If your batter seems a bit wet as a result, add in 1/4 cup of extra oatmeal. You can also sub the Truvia Natural Sweetener for 2 tbsp of agave or honey.

I cut half of my batch right away and the other after they had cooled down, so it really doesn’t matter too much! Enjoy. 

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Disclaimer: I am a 2014 Truvia brand ambassador. All opinions expressed are my own and the cookies mentioned above tasted awesome. No weird aftertaste. Learn more here. 

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1 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm

These look perfect! Yum, I’ll have to try them out!

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2 Kim @FITsique March 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Seeing that I have all of these ingredients and love making my own protein bars, I will have to give them a try! Maybe with some added walnuts too :) Thanks for sharing!

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3 Marieve March 26, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Thanks for sharing! Do you think we could eat them ‘raw’?

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4 Sky @ The Blonde in Black March 26, 2014 at 4:16 pm

After my time in Vegas for Spring break I’m on the watch for good healthy recipes. This one sounds simple and the bars look delicious!!

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5 Jackie March 26, 2014 at 4:25 pm

These look so simple and so delicious!

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6 Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment March 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm

These look good! Do you think almond flour could be substituted for the flax?

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7 Livi March 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm

These look like a delicious healthy treat!

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8 Emma @ Life's A Runner March 27, 2014 at 8:58 am

I really need to get back in the habit of making my own granola bars! I love the idea of these. :)

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9 Lboogie March 28, 2014 at 5:58 am

These look really good, but I do have a question… I thought you weren’t supposed to heat protein powder? Something about ‘denaturing’ it??

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10 Sarah March 31, 2014 at 11:55 am

I use a raw protein powder that does not contain chemicals like some of the commercial brands. I feel safe baking mine but probably would not if it had a long list of unfamiliar ingredients.

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11 Lboogie April 1, 2014 at 9:18 am

Okay, thanx! I made these last Friday and handed some out to my Mom and my friends because I didn’t know how long they would keep and they loved them as did I. I’ve done some reading and apparently you should be able to keep these for a week if refridgerated.

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12 Sarah April 1, 2014 at 11:22 am

Nice! Yes, ours kept for a week as well.

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