DARK CHOCOLATE ROASTED COCONUT AND CANDIED MANDARINS GRANOLA BARS
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Snack
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups old fashion rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup of finely chopped Trader Joe's dried mandarin oranges
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup of chopped dark chocolate
  • Optional: If drizzling with more chocolate: Plus 1 cup of dark chocolate chunks or chips, plus 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Place oats on a large baking sheet and give the pan a shake to scatter evenly
  3. Bake the oats for 15 minutes and stirring once half way through cooking
  4. The oats will be a golden color and smell toasty when finished
  5. While oats are getting toasty in the oven, in a small sauce pan heat the oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
  6. Over medium high heat bring the mixture to a simmer, make sure the brown sugar dissolves completely and remove from heat
  7. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper use enough paper to cover the pan and back over the top of the bars
  8. Place oats in a large bowl and immediately lower the temperature to 325F throw your coconut shavings onto the baking sheet you removed the oats from and roast coconut for 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown color, watching closely
  9. In a large bowl with toasted oats pour the contents of sauce pan all over, mixing till coated evenly
  10. Add your toasted coconut and chopped mandarins to the granola
  11. Press the granola into the pan prepared with parchment paper and press down evenly
  12. Allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before adding your chopped dark chocolate chunks to the top of the granola, pressing the dark chocolate into the granola
  13. Cover the granola with parchment and place into the fridge
  14. Allow the bars to set at least one hour, preferably overnight
  15. Gently remove bars from the pan and place on a cutting board
  16. Cut directly in half and then into 12 even bars
  17. (Optional) Chocolate Drizzle:
  18. Warm 3 tablespoons of heavy cream in small sauce pan
  19. Once simmering turn off heat to lowest setting and add the dark chocolate chunks, whisking quickly
  20. Place chocolate into a Ziploc bag and cut a small tip of one corner (Tip: I use a tall glass and drape the opening of the zip lock over the glass to pour in sauce)
  21. Drizzle the bars with desired amount of chocolate
  22. Enjoy or store granola bars in an airtight container
Recipe by Whisking Mama at https://www.whiskingmama.com/dark-chocolate-roasted-coconut-and-candied-mandarins-granola-bars/