Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars
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Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars

After school snacks are, all of a sudden, a big part of my weekly meal planning. Having a young kid who has been playing hard come home after just one meal at school means snacks are necessary. These Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars are a super-easy thing you can make almost on a whim.

These bars have just five ingredients, but you could add more! See my add-in list below for some ideas! But, the base bars are very delicious on their own.

I originally got the idea for these after raiding my kid’s Halloween candy and eating all of their Almond Joys. This has similar flavors but in an oatmeal bar form. You can feel good about it. It has no added sugar and has a good amount of protein.

My kids love coconut and devoured these guys!

Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars

Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars

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Just a few ingredients and PACKED with flavor! Easy No-Bake Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars with Peanut Butter and Honey.

Ingredients

1 cup sweetened coconut, toasted
1 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil)
2 cups rolled oats
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Directions

  1. Add coconut flakes to a small skillet over low heat. Toast for a few minutes until the coconut is lightly browned and fragrant. Toss occasionally and watch closely to avoid burning. Remove from heat.
  2. In a medium pot, add peanut butter, honey, and butter or coconut oil over low heat. Warm until combined and smooth.
  3. Stir oats and coconut into the peanut butter mixture.
  4. Transfer bar mixture to an 8×8 baking dish lined with foil or parchment paper. Pack the bars in tightly and sprinkle with a little extra coconut.
  5. Let the bars set in the fridge for 30 minutes or so. Then remove the bars from the dish, remove parchment, and chop up bars!

Store bars on the counter for a few days or in the fridge for up to two weeks.

How to Toast Coconut

Toasting the coconut, without burning it, is the most important part of this recipe. Everything else is dumb simple.

Start with sweetened coconut flakes and add them to a skillet over low heat. Coconut burns fast so keep a close eye on it and toss it occasionally to make sure it is cooking evenly.

When it looks about like this, it is done!

Toasted Coconut - No Bake Oatmeal Bars

Don’t burn it!

Making the Coconut Oatmeal Bars

Now for the base for these bars. Add the peanut butter, butter (or coconut oil), and honey to a pot over low heat. Cook that just to warm it up and combine it into a smooth mixture.

PB Mix - Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars

YUM.

This mixture should never even steam. You just want to warm it up so it’s easier to work with.

Ready for oats - Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars

Add-ins for the Oatmeal Bars

I kept my version of these bars very simple, but there are SO many delicious add-ins you could mix in. You could try:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Any kind of nut, chopped
  • Dried fruit

If you choose to do some add-ins, I would keep the total add-ins to around 1/2 cup. If you add too many things, the bars won’t stick together well.

Next, just stir everything into the pot! Stir it together well!

Adding Oats - Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars

Stir it up!

When the mixture is done, take a bite of it with a spoon. Just as a test…

Then transfer it to an 8×8 baking dish lined with foil. Really press on it to make sure the bars hold their shape. I like to sprinkle a little extra coconut on top as well.

Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars

Let these Coconut Oatmeal Bars firm up in the fridge for a few minutes and then chop them up!

Leftover bars are fine on the fridge in an airtight container for a few days or you can keep them in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Hungry kids are grumpy kids! Solve the problem!

Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars

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7 comments on “Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars

  1. I am from Kerala, India. Coconut is always on our local cuisine! We adds it in most of our dish. Even the name Kerala came from “land of coconut trees”. We will surely try this recipe! :)

  2. Oh these oatmeal cookies look yummy! And I love that they don’t take long to make, it’s not like you have lots of extra time with a kid;-)

  3. Thanks for this Nick. Coconut is my absolute favourite and I always carry some kind of protein or cereal bar with me but i was worried that they contained too many preservatives and sugar. This recipe is great for me to make my own (and they taste so much better too!)

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