Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on September 15, 2015

These are the best no-bake chewy coconut chocolate chip granola bars!  They’re so chewy and filled with coconut and chocolate chips. They can be made gluten-free and dairy-free as well!

Since the kids are back to school now I thought I’d share a staple at our house.  I don’t make these as much during the summer because our house gets very hot and these granola bars tend to fall apart a little in the heat, but during the school year, I always have some on hand. 

I always make a very large batch at a time, an entire baking sheet full, but for this recipe, I scaled it down a little for you and only makes about 1/3 of a rimmed baking sheet.   They keep amazingly in the cupboard for quite a while as well.

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This recipe I originally found on Lauren’s Latest and have been making them ever since.  Over the years I’ve been making these I’ve made a few changes that we really enjoy so I thought I’d share the recipe. 

First of all, I found the actual temperature to cook the sugar mixture to, since when I first started making these just by timing how long I was cooking the mixture they were hit and miss.  I like my recipes to be exact. 

If you don’t mind winging it, follow the link over the original recipe and follow the instructions there.  Second, I substitute a little bit of flaked coconut for some oats. 

Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Third, I sometimes even use coconut oil instead of the butter in the original recipe.  You can, of course, use butter, but using coconut oil makes a delicious dairy-free version (just make sure your chocolate chips are dairy-free too!).

Speaking of the chocolate chips, the original recipe uses mini chocolate chips, which I totally think would be better, but I don’t often have them so I just use regular chocolate chips and sprinkle them a little farther apart than I would with minis 🙂

Be warned, these are dangerously delicious!  Hope you all enjoy them.

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (gluten-free, dairy-free)
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Servings: 12 -15
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup (80 grams) honey
  • 1/3 cup (67 grams) brown sugar
  • A pinch of fine sea salt
  • 5 cups (460 grams) rolled oats (make sure to use gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 cup (85 grams) unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Chocolate chips to top
  1. Prep a rimmed baking sheet with a non-stick cooking spray(I prefer to use a misto which I just fill with oil). For this recipe you only need to spray half the pan.
  2. Add oil, honey, sugar and salt to a medium sized pot on the stove and warm over low to medium low heat until melted.
  3. While the ingredients on the stove are warming combine the rolled oats, coconut and cereal in a large bowl. Have chocolate chips ready.
  4. When the ingredients on the stove have melted stir together until the sugar is dissolved then increase the heat to medium or medium high heat and cook until 260℉. Once 260℉ remove from the heat and add the vanilla. The hot mixture will bubble up so stand back! Stir together then pour over the oat mixture.
  5. Stir together until everything is evenly coated then pour onto the prepared side of the baking pan. Spread out in 1/3 of the pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips as desired. Then take a soft spatula and firmly press down until the granola bars are tightly packed and smooth on top making sure they don't take up more than 1/3 of the baking sheet or they will be too thin.
  6. Place in the fridge and chill for 1 hour or until chilled all the way through. To remove from the pan simple turn upside down and press on the underside of the pan. The granola bars should come away easily. Cut into small granola bars and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry location.
Recipe Notes

Butter can be substituted for the coconut oil. I still use a pinch of salt even when using salted butter(I just use a larger pinch if using coconut oil)
More oats can replace the flaked coconut if desired.
If this recipe is tripled it will fit perfectly into a whole baking sheet and will make about 50 small bars.

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1 Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 7, 2015 at 13:22

I’ve made these! They’re really the best granola bars I’ve ever had. I made them several times after finding the recipe and then just had to stop because they’re too good. I’ve been working on a peanut butter version! Can’t wait to get that done and posted. 🙂


2 Heidi @ Food Doodles October 7, 2015 at 16:03

Aren’t they awesome? We looooove them. And honestly, since I don’t keep a lot of junk food in the house, these are my go to sweet snack when I need something sweet 😀


3 Beverley @ sweaty&fit September 16, 2015 at 09:17

Ooo these look like the Rocky Road granola bars i used to get when I was in school… except a hell of a lot healthier! Might just make these to go back down memory lane 🙂


4 Charlotte Moore September 15, 2015 at 22:18

This is a simple and quick good looking recipe. Easily adapted to be GF with GF oats and using GF choc. chips. I would have to omit the choice. if making for a couple people in the family. Could add cranberries and nuts maybe.


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