No-Bake Almond Joy Granola Bars

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It appears I’m on a granola bar kick this week.

and I can’t be stopped.

But I didn’t think you’d mind too much?

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Experimenting with granola bar recipes (and flavours) is one of my favourite things to do. It’s rare that I don’t have a bar tucked away in my purse for “emergencies”. You know, hangry attacks! Eric went so crazy for these bars he insisted I post the recipe on the blog RIGHT THIS SECOND so who am I to argue? I imagine that I’ll be making these a lot over the summer and stashing them in the freezer over the next several months. That’s if we can keep our paws off them for that long (unlikely, really).

Much like my Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars, these bars are also lower in sugar than most (5.8 grams per bar). This time I used just 1/4 cup of coconut nectar syrup which is a fruity-tasting low-glycemic sweetener. It doesn’t seem to give me sugar crashes like regular cane sugar does. Due to its fruity flavour, I don’t find it works in all recipes. For instance, it’s not my favourite sweetener in some chocolate recipes, but in granola or fruit-based recipes it tends to always blend in nicely.

The only caveat with this recipe is that the bars don’t hold together perfectly, so I recommend storing them in the fridge and not letting them sit at room temperature. Best to take one straight from the fridge and stuff it in the face! It’s a hard task, I know. They definitely aren’t “travel” bars (unless you don’t mind it turning into loose granola at room temp).

Oh and for the record, I did try baking a batch in the oven for curiosity’s sake and the no-bake version won by a landslide. The baked bars held together a teeny tiny bit better, but they tasted less sweet and a bit bland. I don’t think it’s worth the extra time or oven heat, personally.

Like most granola bar recipes, this one is versatile so be sure to let me know what flavours you come up with in the comment section. Think we can come up with 52 flavours, or what?

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No-Bake Almond Joy Granola Bars

Vegan, gluten-free, no bake/raw, refined sugar-free

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Easy no-bake granola bars inspired by the popular Almond Joy Chocolate bar flavour. Roasted almond butter, mini chocolate chips, and coconut unite to create one tasty bar that's whipped up in 10 minutes (no oven required!). Recipe adapted from Yummy Mummy.

Yield
14 small bars
Freeze time
10 minutes
Prep Time
Cook time
0 Minutes
Total Time

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 cup rice crisp cereal
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup roasted almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar syrup (or brown rice syrup - see note)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, to taste
  • 1.5 tablespoons non-dairy mini chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand, optional)

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way so it's easy to lift out.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, rice crisp cereal, sliced almonds, coconut, and chia seeds.
  3. In a medium pot over low heat, melt the coconut oil. Remove from heat and stir in the almond butter, coconut nectar, and vanilla, until smooth.
  4. Pour wet mixture over dry and stir well until thoroughly combined. Add a pinch of salt to taste and stir again.
  5. Spoon mixture into the pan and roughly spread out (but don't pack down yet). Sprinkle on the chocolate chips in an even layer. Wet hands lightly and then press down the mixture until even. Use a pastry roller to roll it out and pack it in even more.
  6. Transfer pan to the freezer for about 10 minutes until firm. Slice into bars, wrap, and store in the fridge or freezer. These bars fall apart easily so I don't recommend leaving them at room temperature for longer than a few minutes.
Nutritional info: (based on 14 servings, per bar with chocolate chips): 193 cals, 12.6 grams fat, 16.5 grams carbs, 3.5 grams fibre, 5.8 grams sugar, 5 grams protein.

Tips:

Note: I do not recommend swapping the coconut nectar or brown rice syrup for any other liquid sweetener. Other sweeteners won't be sticky enough to bind the bars.

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1 Tina Muir May 23, 2014

I am ALWAYS on a granola kick, I absolutely never tire of cereal! It is the perfect post run meal for me in the mornings. Full of carbohydrates, pairs wonderfully with almond milk to make my bones nice and strong, and delightfully sweet! You added chocolate chips to these bars which makes them even more special! 80 miles a week means lots of snacks, and granola bars fill that requirement perfectly! YUM!

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2 Baby June May 23, 2014

Looks delicious! And much healthier than the traditional bars, too! :)

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3 Caitlin May 23, 2014

almond joys were one of my favorite candy bars growing up,so i am all about these bars. i actually love keeping granola and bars in the fridge!

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4 Chicago Jogger May 23, 2014

Wow, I love the sound of these no bake bars! I have a bag of chia seeds just waiting to be opened, I’m adding this to my list. Maybe for the long weekend :)

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5 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } May 23, 2014

I wholeheartedly support your granola bar theme this week.

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6 Bailey May 23, 2014

do you have any recipes for roasted coconut chips? like the ones from trader Joes? would love to make them myself but can’t find a good recipe!

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7 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

Hey Bailey, What are the ingredients on the package? Maybe I can come up with something!

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8 Bailey May 23, 2014

http://bit.ly/1r2cKpM

that would be awesome, I live off your cookbook! here is a link to them and the ingredients are listed in this order: coconut, salt, sugar, coconut milk, coconut juice

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9 hippymomelizabeth May 27, 2014

idk

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10 hippymomelizabeth May 23, 2014

Can Spirulina be on of the 52 Flavors?

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11 hippymomelizabeth May 23, 2014

Guess I should have took the clue about being open about business opportunities’ or even wanting a friendship with certain people. Oh well I tried Just thought you were different…

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12 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

Hi Elizabeth,
I’m not quite sure what you are referring to in your last comment. I’m sorry if I offended you in any way.
Spirulina sounds like a fun variation…green monster bars maybe?

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13 maureen jenne June 11, 2014

So looking forward to trying this recipe. Thank you for your posts they are helping me and my family eat healthier!

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14 Alisha @ Little Life Blog May 23, 2014

I share your exact sentiments on the emergency purse stash and hanger pains- ha! I love the Glo Bars from your book and can’t wait to try this version out.

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15 Katie May 23, 2014

Angela – do you use coconut oil to replace butter/vegan spread? I have a slight allergy to coconut and am wondering if Earth Balance or the like would work in its place in recipes such as this one…

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16 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

Hi Katie, Good question! The coconut oil actually helps firm up the bars when chilled, so I’m not sure if vegan butter would be a good sub. It would take some playing around with most likely.

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17 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! May 23, 2014

These look insanely delicious! Between these and your other recent bar recipe I’m gonna be rolling in bars!!!

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18 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh May 23, 2014

Oh my goodness, these look heavenly! I can’t wait to make these bad boys!

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19 Chelsea @ BigBitesLittleBudget May 23, 2014

Homemade granola bars are one of my favorite snacks and I love trying new flavors. This one sounds just delightful. Thanks for sharing (right this second)!

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20 Jacki @ Two Forks One Love May 23, 2014

That’s it, I’m making my own granola bars this weekend. I’ve been putting it off long enough.

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21 The Vegan Cookie Fairy May 23, 2014

How about pistachio and mocha granola bars? It was my favourite ice cream flavour combo when I was a kid :)

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22 Jessica Rose May 23, 2014

Anything that require doing less….is best in my book…so no baking….gets a big thumbs up from me!!
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23 Polly @ Tasty Food Project May 23, 2014

I really enjoy Almond Joy while growing up and I like how you created a healthy granola version! These look so delicious! What a perfect snack to take on the go!

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24 Bre May 23, 2014

One of my favorite smoothie recipes these days has blueberries, mango and cayenne pepper in it. I wonder if doing dried mango and blueberries with a dash of cayenne pepper in these bars would be pretty good?! Maybe even subbing the almond butter for cashew butter, making it extra tropical!

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25 Alana May 23, 2014

Your photos always make me want to eat everything.

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26 AR Fan May 24, 2014

Alana, I’ve had that exact thought many times after seeing Angela’s photos! Your comment was so right on… probably for a lot of us! :)

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27 maryann May 23, 2014

Hi Angela.
I wondered if these would hold together without the crisp rice cereal?. Thanks for all of your amazing recipes!

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28 Sarah May 23, 2014

In my experience, brown rice syrup might as well be glue (though far superior in taste, I can only assume…). Everything I’ve made with it holds together like nobody’s business. I don’t have, nor have I ever come across coconut nectar, so I’m hoping the brown rice syrup sub will work out and hold them together nicely :) I need to go on a granola bar-making frenzy this weekend! This stage of my pregnancy (week 9/10) has me INSANELY hungry, and very suddenly. One minute I’m fine, the next minute I would eat dirt I’m that starved. Granola bars>dirt. Thanks for the inspiration, as always.

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29 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

yes it is like glue! That’s why I use it in my Glo bar recipes. Im sure it would work no problem :)
Congrats on your pregnancy by the way!

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30 Kelly June 15, 2014

Are there any other substitutions for brown rice syrup or coconut nectar? I’m not familiar with either. Is Agave sticky enough? Thank you. Love your recipes and share them frequently!

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31 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 15, 2014

Hi Kelly,
In my experience, agave isn’t sticky enough to bind granola bars. You can certainly use it, but the bars will fall apart.

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32 Kelly June 15, 2014

Thanks Angela. I’ll go out and purchase brown rice syrup because these look so good!

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33 Corinne Warner November 17, 2014
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I can’t find where I asked you a question before about the granola bars I made and they fell apart, you asked if I substituted the brown rice syrup and at the time I couldn’t find it in the store so I used maple syrup. I have since found brown rice syrup( sure is sticky) and used it in the recipe and the granola bars turned out perfect..thanks for the advice

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34 Alyson May 23, 2014

These look so good and I have all the ingredients at home already! Thanks for sharing. I’ll be making these this weekend :)

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35 Alex @ Kenzie Life May 23, 2014

These sound great and look even better!

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36 Tammy Root May 23, 2014

Hey Ange,
Do any of your bars travel well?

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37 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

Hi Tammy, The Glo Bars travel quite well (in my cookbook). I also have a high protein granola bar on the blog that I’ve brought on short trips before. There’s probably another I’m forgetting!

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38 Monica May 24, 2014

I can attest that the Glo Bars and the other granola bars in your cookbook travel very well. We just took a batch of each to Italy with us and they held up terrifically on the plane, in the backpack on hikes, around town on a scooter….I always have a batch on hand now. My kids (5 and 2) LOVE them :)

I often use cacao nibs rather than chocolate chips, by the way, since they’re rumored to be good for you. Plus, I love that cool sensation I get when biting into them. My 5 year old considers them chocolate chips so who am I to argue?

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39 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 24, 2014

That’s so great to hear Monica!

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40 Duffy May 23, 2014

1.5 tablespoons of the chocolate chips? Is that right?

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41 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

yup :) Since they are mini chips – and because I sprinkle them on top of the granola mixture before packing down, you don’t need to use as much. A little trick I discovered!

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42 Alison May 23, 2014

Angela,
In my granola bar endeavors myself, I have found that the less oil/butter the better…for the crumbly factor.
Maybe cut down on the coconut oil and add some brown rice syrup for extra hold?!? That’s my two cents. :)

Made the “Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars” the other day…delish! (I subbed and swapped ingredients a little, but that’s because I was too lazy to go to the store!!) :)

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43 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

Adding more sticky binder would help for sure. I was aiming for reduced sugar in these bars so I didn’t do that. We don’t mind a bit of a crumble for home use :)

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44 Alison May 23, 2014

Exactly! No complaining! :)
…especially when crumbled over some banana soft serve! Yummm!

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45 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

I love the way you think :)

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46 andrea May 23, 2014

I’ll probably whip up some of these soon. :) What about german chocolate bars by using pecans and maybe date paste? I’ve adapted the banana bread muffin top recipe to a german chocolate theme and loved the results – added in unsweetened shredded coconut, pecans, and raw cacao nibs for a non-sugar edition. So yummy!

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47 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

that sounds great!

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48 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 23, 2014

These sound delicious Ange! Experimenting with granola bar recipes is also one of my fave things to do, and if they fall apart, well no worries – you’ve got granola instead! My co-workers just might be getting a batch of these next time I decide to bring in treats. :)

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49 Audrey Eltzroth May 23, 2014

Oh. My. Glob. Almond Joy granola bars! I just made a batch of Almond Joy butter from Minimalist Baker (minimalistbaker.com/almond-joy-butter/). I bet it would be really good spread on one of these. As for flavors, what about cinnamon roll, snickerdoodle, brownie, banana split, Samoa cookie, Turtle, ‘Nutella’, cappuccino, or ‘Butterfinger’? And I might as well add gingerbread, because really, gingerbread is good any time of year. :)

P.S: Just wanted to say I love your book! :) All the recipes I have tried are amazing (I have even adapted several (for allergies), and they still turned out great.).

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50 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy May 23, 2014

i’ll take 2 please! :)

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51 Jill @ 42potatoes May 23, 2014

These look amazing! Making me crave a granola bar right now…. On another note, just got your cookbook and it’s absolutely wonderful. Great ideas, recipes, and inspiration. Thank you!

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52 Katie M May 23, 2014

This looks amazing! However, I don’t have rice crisp cereal – would it be possible to omit or replace it?
I made your Feel Good Granola Bars yesterday, and they were so good topped with your blueberry chia jam! Looking forward to trying this one soon :)

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53 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

Hey Katie,

So glad you tried the other bars! As for subbing rice crisp, absolutely NOT. hehe…just kidding! I’m sure it would be fine.

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54 Alexandra Aimee May 23, 2014

I LOVE seeing bar recipes from you again! I have been a uge fan of your bars for years and year! I love to make them and freeze them. Instant healthy breakfast for weeks created in one hour of cooking!

— Alex at cashmerekangaroo.com

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55 Matt Robinson May 24, 2014

Love that you’re on a granola kick, these look soooo good!!

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56 Amalina May 24, 2014

I made these the moment I saw how simple the recipe was and oh my goodness it is absolutely divine! Turned it into a one bowl recipe and just mixed the wet ingredients first then just dumped the dry ingredients over, mix, and ta-da! These are going to be my favorite study snack. Thanks Angela!

PS I couldn’t stop licking my fingers or the bowl.

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57 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 24, 2014

Awesome to hear :)

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58 Emily @ Life on Food May 24, 2014

Since I love almond joys, I know I would love these. Plus now is the time I start collecting no bake recipes to keep me going through the summer. Perfect timing.

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59 Ruxandra May 24, 2014

These look delicious and would be perfect for a school snack for my children. Any nut-free options? And by the way, I bought your book and love it!

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60 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 24, 2014

You can probably sub with sunflower seed butter and swap the almonds for seeds (maybe sunflower and hemp or sesame?) but I havent tried it yet. Good luck!

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61 Megan May 24, 2014

I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for the recipe!

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62 Cheri May 24, 2014

Ahhhh…I love you Angela! I used to be addicted to a store bought, highly processed, over sugared, and definitely not vegan version of this! You have helped my full transition to vegan soooooo much! Thank you!

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63 Summer Cushman May 24, 2014

I’ve been following your blog forever and just realized I wasn’t actually subscribed! I took care of that ASAP and love getting your emails!

My husband and are I avid hikers. Do you have a granola bar recipe you think would hold up in a backpack for an afternoon?

Thanks for all your beautiful food!!

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64 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 24, 2014

Hi Summer,
We usually bring my Glo bars on hiking or travel – the recipe is in my cookbook. Thanks for subscribing by the way! :)

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65 Sherry May 24, 2014

These look delicious! Thank you for such creative recipes.

Question: do you have a special place you like to get your chia seeds? I ask because I’m not sure where to look for them here (in Illinois) and was wondering if you go to a health food store or buy them in bulk from somewhere like Whole Foods or buy them online, or…?

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66 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 24, 2014

Hey Sherry, I find they are available in most of the grocery stores nearby me (they are usually in the organic/natural food section and bulk bins so be sure to check there). Hope this helps!

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67 Samantha May 27, 2014

Scrumptious! Thank you :)

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68 Kate June 2, 2014

Sam’s Club has them here in Ohio.

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69 krissy May 24, 2014

These look so good (but your recipes are always delicious). I have had trouble locating coconut nectar in Toronto. Where do you find yours? Congratulations on your pregnancy!

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70 Cheri May 24, 2014

They just came out of the freezer. I cut them up, took one bite, then my non-veg boyfriend took it out of my hand, took a bite, walked away with it, and asked if I could mass produce them! They are fantastic!

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71 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 24, 2014

haha that’s cute :) So glad you enjoyed them!

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72 Linda @ Veganosity May 24, 2014

Thank you for the tip about the coconut nectar syrup! That is something that we haven’t tried in our recipes, but we will now. :)

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73 Gourmet Getaways May 24, 2014

My oh my, your granola bars are packed with goodies!!! Thanks for the recipe! Best for snack or brekkie :).

Julie
Gourmet Getaways

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74 Stacey May 24, 2014

I will be trying these out ASAP! On another note….does anyone know who won the vitamin contest? I didn’t see anything posted on the blog entry nor on twitter….:/

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75 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 27, 2014

Hi Stacey,

Yes, the winner is on the contest post and I also linked it on Twitter too. http://ohsheglows.com/2014/04/30/vitamix-5200-giveaway-osgcookbook-social-media-contest/

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76 Love F & J May 24, 2014

This looks so delicious and it’s so perfect right now, saying our ovens broke! We’ve been searching for a good granola recipe so we can’t wait to try this out!

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77 Jessica Bamford May 25, 2014

these look delicious and would definitely make a great post workout snack

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78 Emma May 25, 2014

I was wondering if you find that Coconut Palm Sugar works ok as a sub for Coconut Nectar Syrup. I have the sugar on hand and wondered if you had played around with it. I love, love, love this blog!

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79 kimmythevegan May 25, 2014

Oooh these sound so good! I think I might just make them tomorrow.

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80 Heidi May 25, 2014

These look delicious! Will make them soon.

For other flavors what about baklava with some dried fig?

Congrats on your pregnancy!

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81 Natalie @ Paper & Birch May 25, 2014

Angela, these look incredible! kinda floored on how easy you made these seem. Definitely going to try this recipe. Love the theme you have going right now! :)

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82 Natalie Michael May 26, 2014

I am so making these right now! By the way Angela, I have already bought three of your cookbooks. Everytime I have a dinner party I leave it out while “finishing up dinner.” The guests inevitably ask about it, then say, “Where did you get this? I want a copy.” And, then this is their after dinner present. My last guest said, “I have never been so excited about a cookbook in my life.” Love the dessert pizza and the enchiladas, and the granola bars of course.

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83 Ursula May 26, 2014

I’m all for no-bake recipes! Can’t wait to try these :)

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84 Megan May 26, 2014

I just made these with the brown rice syrup instead and white chocolate chips (all I had in my pantry!) and they were SO good!! My boyfriend has already eaten half the batch! Unfortunately they’re still pretty crumbly so I guess the brown rice syrup doesn’t make a difference? No bother, we’re totally okay with standing at my freezer door and stuffing our faces :) Thanks for the continually awesome recipes!!

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85 Tasha May 26, 2014

HOW is it possible for something to be so simple yet so delicious at the same time?! I call that sophistication.

Crazy good.

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86 Megan May 26, 2014

I just made these and my two boys, 9 & 11, loved them. Finally a granola bar for their lunch that I know every ingredient inside and they like it! Thank you.

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87 Jordan@FreeRunVegan May 26, 2014

Angela these look incredible as always! I’ve been making your Glo bars from the book alot lately for my boyfriend.. now he has no excuse to say he’s too busy to eat at work ! And he loves ’em :) .

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88 jodi May 27, 2014

Yummy!!! thank-you, inspirational reading!

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89 Erin May 27, 2014

I made these yesterday, and while they were super easy, I am having a hard time with them being too crumbly (hard to get one out whole isn’t happening). They taste good though, but next time I will use more “wet” ingredients I think. (And I even used brown rice syrup!)

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90 Jennifer A May 27, 2014

Same here. I just made these using brown rice syrup, and they were way too crumbly to cut into bars – even after freezing for a good 15 min. They taste good, just not as easy to eat.

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91 Jennifer A May 27, 2014

I’m wondering how it might work to swap the measurements and use 1/2 c brown rice syrup and 1/4 c almond butter. That is what’s used in the glo bars and they hold together perfectly. Just a thought.

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92 Chana May 28, 2014

Hi Angela,

I love your cookbook and website. Since I got your cookbook, I have been using it 2-4 times a week. It is awesome! What replacement would you suggest for brown rice syrup and coconut nectar? Both are extremely expensive where I live. Do yo think jaggery would work? That is the cheapest non-processed sweetener here in Israel. What about honey? I am not vegan.

Thank you!

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93 Katherine Fleming May 29, 2014

Absolutely scrumptious! This is my second batch of the week. The whole family love them and I will save money on cereal bars that I seem to always be buying from TJs, Whole Foods, etc. I need more bar recipes!

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94 Millie l Add A Little May 31, 2014

Sorry! Wrong link on the last comment!
Coconut?! chocolate?! almond butter?! RIGHT UP MY STREET! Loving the look of these Angela!

youtube.com/addalittlefood

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95 Tashiana May 31, 2014

I need these now!! So yummy.

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96 Kymberly June 1, 2014

I made these and they didn’t stay together at all! They tasted good but we had to eat it in a bowl like granola.

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97 Katie M June 1, 2014

I finally found a good rice crisp cereal at Zehrs the other day by Nature’s Path using brown rice & organic ingredients, so I decided to try this recipe yesterday – absolutely amazing! It tastes exactly like commercial granola bars (but healthy!), and it’s great eating them cold with the hot weather coming on. Thank you so much for this recipe! :)

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98 Hazel O'Dell June 1, 2014

Dear lady, so glad I found you; you are a Godsend! I tried your lovely brownies, they are great, great, great!, Will definitely be buying your book! Thank you, thank you!!! You have made this old lady happy, this is the way to eat! Fabulous! :-D

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99 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2014

Hi Hazel, So happy to hear this! Thanks for your support :)

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100 taryn June 2, 2014

I made these last night and they are mind-glowingly good!! I will have to look for some brown rice syrup or coconut nectar though, because I used agave and they aren’t holding together as well as they should. But delicious none-the-less!

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101 Kate June 2, 2014

I made a special trip to get coconut nectar – and my bars held together beautifully. Thumbs way up!

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102 Larisa June 2, 2014

These were super delish although I wish I had read the comments before forgoing the brown rice syrup ‘sticky glue’ solution! I had a tougher time packaging them because half of them kept falling apart even after I refroze! But, they taste wonderful and will do the trick once the babes comes! Thank you for another amazing recipe.

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103 Amara June 3, 2014

LOVE this flavor combo! I’ve been addicted to your glo bars since March, but haven’t thought to change up my granola bar flavors. This was the switch I needed! I used brown rice syrup in mine since it’s what I had on hand and still had the crumbly problem so I added a flax egg. Made the bars super moist which is nice, but still a bit on the crumbly side. Must be cooking the brown rice syrup with the nut butter that makes the glo bars hold so well. I’ll pick up some coconut nectar and try cooking that with the nut butter for these! Maybe that will make them hold better? Only time and some granola experimentation will tell! Crumbly works for now but I love having options for travel-ready snacks.

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104 Samantha June 3, 2014

This is my first time commenting but I wanted to say I absolutely LOVE your blog. I’ve been cutting out sugar this year which at first was tough but is now second nature! Turning to your blog and cookbook for healthy but delicious recipes has been a life saver! I wanted to share that instead of using nectar syrup, I used a tiny bit of agave (maybe a tablespoon) and an uber ripe mashed banana for sweetness. I also froze over night since I saw they were a little too crumbly. They turned out SO good and held together great. Since I’m studying for the CA bar exam right now, they are the PERFECT study snack. Thank you so much for being such a great resource and for sharing your passion. It’s been a joy reading from San Francisco :)

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105 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 4, 2014

Pleasure to meet you Samantha! Thanks for your kind words about the blog. :) So happy you are enjoying it so much!

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106 Beth June 4, 2014

Yum! I made these today while my toddler napped and the flavor is so good. I subbed maple syrup for the coconut nectar, added extra chia, sunflower seeds & raisins. I only had whole almonds so I gave them a few pulses in my food processor and like the variant in textures. They did crumble as I cut them but I was able to get some nice bars out and just ate what was left. Yum! I only had standard size chocolate chips and I think next time I would incorporate them into the batter before I pressed them down as they loosened while I cut them. Oh well, had to eat those, too, ha ha. Thanks for sharing another delicious recipe! Went great along side a glass of almond milk.

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107 katy June 4, 2014

These bars are so good! And so easy!

For what it’s worth, my child with type 1 diabetes ate two after school and–as witnessed on his continuous glucose meter–did not have a blood glucose spike. I attribute this to your ingenious balance of a lower-glycemic index sweetener + fiber + plenty of nutty fat.

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108 Michelle June 4, 2014

If i keep those in the fridge how long do you think they will be good for ?

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109 Miranda June 5, 2014

I just made these bars with the brown rice substitute. Some fell apart after I cut the bars but the crumbles will make amazing granola for snacking! I also used sprouted brown rice cereal, so I’m not sure if that had anything to do with it. I highly recommend this recipe, though!!!

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110 Lindsay June 15, 2014

Hi Angela,

I was wondering if you could be more specific about what Rolled Oats you use ( 1 min, quick, large flake, etc). The grocery store near me has pretty much every Quaker variety they manufacture, same with the bulk barn, and I’m not sure which ones would work the best.

Thanks!

Lindsay

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111 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 16, 2014

Hey Lindsay,

For sure – I use “old fashioned” rolled oats – as they are often called. They aren’t 1 minute or quick cooking oats. Large flake should work fine, although I try not to buy the extra thick cut ones as those can dry out recipes sometimes depending on the use. Hope this helps!

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112 Sara K June 17, 2014

I made these using whole wheat puffed rice instead and they were pretty good! I love these as a sweet treat!

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113 Ryan June 19, 2014

Angela, do you use blonde or amber coconut nectar? Cheers!

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114 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 20, 2014

I didn’t know there were two kinds to be honest – I don’t think my label specifies! I’ll have to check next time I use it :)

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115 Katrina Tysinger June 19, 2014

Hi! I absolutely love all of the recipes I’ve tried of yours. Thank you!
I can’t wait to make these bars but do you think I could substitute the coconut syrup for maple syrup or honey?
Thanks!!

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116 Jessica Fig June 22, 2014

These were nothing short of OUTSTANDING! I was a sucker for almond joys back in the day. There is something about almonds, coconut, and chocolate that is so wonderful. These are just what I have been looking for in a granola bar! And can I just say, I am running out of adjectives to describe all of your delicious recipes. I have yet to make anything I did not LOVE :) I have serious doubts that these bars will last more than a few days in my freezer. Hopefully I can hide them from my fiance… Thank you :D

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117 Linda June 25, 2014

I just made your present glo bars and froze them over 10 min, but a minute later they started falling apart. I had to wrap each one in plastic wrap and press it together then put them all in the fridge. Did I do something wrong or is this normal? In your pics they look so solid! I couldn’t even pick one up. Help? They taste FANTASTIC though.

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118 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 27, 2014

Hi Linda, I haven’t had any trouble with my glo bars falling apart. Did you make any changes to the recipe at all? The brown rice syrup is crucial in this recipe (no other sweeteners will bind properly – I’ve tried them all!). Otherwise, it could just be that you need to pack the glo bar mixture more firmly into the pan. I press it very firm and then roll it with a pastry roller. Hope this helps!

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119 Linda June 27, 2014

Well… I messed up then! I didn’t have brown rice syrup nor do I know what it is so I used maple syrup. I’ll have to go look for the rice syrup. I didn’t realize that was the glue for it all. Thanks!!!

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120 Alexandra July 8, 2014

Thank you for yet another amazing recipe, Angela! I made these with what I had in my cupboards: I used raw almond butter and hazelnutbutter half/half, and pepita’s, pistachio’s and almond flakes. We don’t have vegan chocolate chips here in Holland, so I cut up a chunk of dark chocolate instead. It worked really well, they did fall apart a little when they came to room temperature, but the crumbs are also really tasty!

PS: I am so happy your cookbook is now available through a Dutch seller, I got it two weeks ago, it looks beautiful and the recipes are great, I have been making a bunch of them already.

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121 Kelly Harrigan July 12, 2014

Absolutely scrumptious and so easy to make. I live on an island so not turning on the oven is an added bonus. These are now my new ‘go to’ granola bars. Thanks for sharing.

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122 Jay July 21, 2014

I made these the other day with agave nectar as opposed to coconut nectar and they were very crumbly. I used them as granola. Still yummy.

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123 artteach July 25, 2014

These are delicious! I used honey instead of coconut nectar and peanut butter instead of almond butter. The changes were simply because I lacked the other ingredients. I love them!

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124 Rue August 6, 2014

Hands down. Best granola bars I have ever had! I did not use the coconut nectar beause to me it’s too fruity. I used brown rice syrup. Amazing!!!!

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125 Stephanie August 31, 2014
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This is one of the few recipes on this site that I haven’t completely loved.
Did not hold together like bars at all, even frozen. It was ok crumbled as a granola, but really didn’t taste like almond joys much. No one else in the house will eat it and it def. does not travel well; when the coconut oil becomes room temp it all just turns to oily dust.

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126 mama bear 101 September 3, 2014
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Made these bars today for back to school treats. I just made them nut free by swapping the almond butter with NoNuts Golden Pea Butter and replaced the slivered almonds with Enjoy Life No Nuts! Seed and Fruit Mix. Super yummy!!!

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127 Jennifer September 14, 2014
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Is coconut nectar stickier than brown rice syrup? I made these granola bars tonight with brown rice syrup and even while they were frozen, they completely fell apart. They’re still delicious, but I think I will use more brown rice syrup the next time I make them. I love the Glow Bars (and everything else) in your cookbook, btw! :)

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128 Terri September 16, 2014
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Very good just wish the held together better

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129 Martina September 23, 2014

Hi, I was curious if raw honey would be an acceptable substitute for the coconut nectar syrup/rice syrup. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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130 Jennifer Taylor October 19, 2014

Sticky sweetener…help! Hi. I love in rural Zambia. As you can imagine, so many of the products that make veganism convenient aren’t available to me. Hey… I just found quinoa in Kenya last week and thought I had won the lottery!

I would like to try these bars. I’ve already decided I will have to sub the almond butter for peanut…almonds are difficult to find, usually of poor quality, and expensive. The sweeteners I can find are sugar in the raw, molasses, honey, and fruit pastes such as dates. Ideas? A mix? What can I do? Thanks for your help, getting a handle on the sweetener issue will actually help me with several recipes.

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131 Victoria October 22, 2014
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I used molasses instead of the nectar syrup and it worked great! Bars stayed together wonderfully and tasted great!

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132 Dania November 1, 2014
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These bar are soo addictive and filling! I’m planning on making a batch for my running club-they will love them. Thank you for all your yummy recipes.

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133 Esti Allina November 29, 2014

I found your wonderful blog while searching for energy and protein bars to make for my son to have with him in the army. The only protein he’s getting there is tuna, and he’d rather not be consuming tuna as he’s basically vegetarian. He’s a pretty lean guy, so I’m concerned about quality protein. These recipes are a live-saver!!

Question – I see you don’t recommend swapping the liquid sweetener, but didn’t mention Silan (date honey), which, I think would work just as well. I’m going to have to try it and let you know.

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134 Maddie December 1, 2014
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These are absolutely amazing! Best thing I’ve eaten in a long time!

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135 Durgaini January 8, 2015

I`m so excited to make these!
I will substitute the chocolate with goji berries, your blog is my favorite!:)

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136 Nicole January 28, 2015
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These are perfect for my kids’ lunchboxes (and me!) I swapped out the crisp rice for raw hulled buckwheat and used cacao butter instead because my husband hates coconut oil and I wanted him to try them : ) Thank you, Thank you, Thank you so very much!!!

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137 Leanna March 26, 2015

Unfortunately mine did not stick together at all. :( I used brown rice syrup though – maybe next time I will use coconut nectar syrup. But I do now have delicious granola! Thank you for the recipe.

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138 Diana S. April 4, 2015
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Angela-

These are so incredibly good! My family loves them. I do have to keep them in the fridge to keep them from falling apart. Is there any way to make a baked version of this bar that will stay whole in their lunch bags?

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139 Tracey August 6, 2015
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Hi I love your recipes and ideas but I am struggling with the measurements. We use grams in the UK and even though I have looked everywhere for American cup sizes I haven’t been able to find any. Please could I ask for all your UK fans for grams too please?. Thank you. xx

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140 Carly September 19, 2015

I don’t think you should rate a recipe a 1 just because it’s not your unit of measurement. Just look up how to convert it online…

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141 Carly September 19, 2015

oops nevermind, just saw your other comment

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142 Tracey August 6, 2015
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Oops sorry meant to be a five!

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143 Kathy August 27, 2015

Can’t get brown rice syrup so can I sub molasses. I can’t use honey for I’m vegan. What about corn syrup.

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144 Whitney matta October 5, 2015

Hi Angela,

I love your granola bar recipes and have been most recently been making the glo bar recipe from your cookbook. Would coconut nectar work in place of brown rice syrup in that recipe?

Thank you,
Whitney

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145 Anne November 5, 2015
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I just made these, with a few substitutions, and they turned out great!

I used brown rice syrup and they hold together fine. I didn’t really realize until the end that I used puffed rice cereal instead of crispy rice cereal, but they taste fine. I also used cashew/coconut butter instead of almond butter. Then I skipped the coconut and added a 1/4 cup of raw sesame seeds instead. Yummy.

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146 Maureen levin January 19, 2016

ANYONE KNOW THE CALORIE CONTENT OF THESE BARS

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