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Monday, May 24, 2010

The Best Recipe I've Ever Messed Up +Chewy Granola Bars


Hmm, what to call this recipe??  I kinda messed up a chewy granola bar recipe and ended up with absolutely awesome oatmeal, chocolate, peanut butter heaven!!  How is that for a name??

I've been on the lookout for a gooey, chewy granola bar recipe.  I checked out some of my favorite sites, and I should have known Heavenly Homemaker's has been on the same hunt.  She, too, wanted one with no corn syrup, and of course, she came up with one.  It is one I really want to try again so I can do it right and experience her true recipe, but oh my, am I glad I messed it up because the concoction it made was DELISH!

I will give you my "oh so good, messed up version", then I will post her chewy granola bar recipe so you can experience both.


Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Candy Bars
*it is sorta like a chocolate oatmeal no bake cookie, but extra creamy and special.  it almost reminds me of fudge, but with the added texture of the oats and occasional chewy sweetness of the dried cranberries--yum!
**I doubled her recipe

1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil (no substitutes, this is what gives its creamy texture and flavor)
2 cups oats (not instant)
1 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried cranberries

In a medium sized saucepan, melt together peanut butter, honey and coconut oil.

Remove from heat and add oats, chocolate chips and dried cranberries.  Stir until combined and chocolate chips are melted.

Spread into a 9x13 pan.  Refrigerate until hardened, about an hour.  Store in refrigerator. 

Want to know more about coconut oil and its health benefits?  Read my post about it here.

Here is Heavenly Homemaker's 

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil (or another oil of your choice)
1 cup oats
1 cup TOTAL of any combination of: sesame seeds, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, mini chocolate chips

In a medium sized saucepan, melt together peanut butter, honey and coconut oil.

Remove from heat and add one cup of oats.  Choose your favorite combination of coconut flakes, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, dried fruit and mini chocolate chips, to equal a total of ONE CUP. (She just got out her one cup measuring cup and poured in the ingredients until the cup was full.) Pour in and stir well.

Spread mixture into a 8x8 or 9 x 4 inch pan.

Chill for 2 hours, then cut into bars.

Wrap in plastic wrap for a quick grab and go snack!

I can't wait to try it again.  I tasted the mixture after adding the oats and before adding the last cup of my "combination" and it was peanut buttery goodness.  I "messed" this recipe up by adding so many chocolate chips and not enough of the other fillers.  They melted right away (even though I let the mixture cool quite awhile) and completely changed the peanut butter flavor to a rich and creamy chocolate-y flavor.  Next time if I add any chocolate chips, it will be just a few and maybe sprinkled on top so they won't melt into the batter.

I hope this post was not confusing, because I am so very excited about both recipes!  I know I will be making the first one on a regular basis, and I'll let you know how I do when I re-try the chewy granola bar recipe.

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102 comments:

  1. Hi there! My first time reading your blog! Fantastic!

    I have a question about the oats- what type do you use? Quick cooking/original= or does it even matter?

    Thanks so much.

    -Kristine

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  2. I use original, but I don't really think it would matter.
    Thanks for reading and for the compliment!

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    1. Any what brand of coconut oil do you use? I am making this for the Holiday's and would like to know which brand you use.

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  3. Melted chocolate confusion is my favorite thing in the whole world I think. You know where I think you should bring this next!

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  4. Yum! What a great accident! :)

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  5. I love mistakes that involve lots of chocolate chips! :)

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  6. Looks yummy buy my bar pan is busy right now with chocolate cornflake cake.

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  7. MmMmm! Looks delicious!
    I'm always looking for new desserts to make, thanks for the recipe!

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  8. Oh this looks so good! Can't wait to try it!

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  9. looks yummy! the best keepers are the ones we mess up or make up LOL
    Helen

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  10. I am totally making those! They look so easy and yummy. By the way - have you seen this...

    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/exeter-pendant/?pkey=cpendants

    made me think of your love of mason jars. :)

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  11. I love trying new recipes. CAn't wait to try this one. TFS. I wonder if the coconut oil is hard to find....

    O found you via Strutt Your Stuff. Visit me sometimes over at Pittypat Paperie.

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  12. The no bake candy bars look like they have coconut in them.

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  13. They look wonderful and I want to try them though. Just wondering....

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  14. In my fridge cooling right now! This looks super yummy and if they are half as good cooled as they are melted, then I know they'll be great!
    One question, do you use quick oats or old fashioned? All I keep around is old fashioned cause I normally prefer them in recipes, but I thought quick oats may have been better for this. We'll see!
    Thanks!

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  15. A must-try for the Kids...After school snack;-))

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  16. I can't wait to try them,BUT my family is picky, they wont eat coconut or cranberries, what do you suggest I substitute, I know right!! It is very difficult, because I eat everything!!! Grrrrrr

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    1. It's coconut oil not coconut, so maybe they won't notice that. I'm thinking of putting in some chopped peanuts instead of the cranberries.

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    2. We have used dried cherries and dried blueberries

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  17. I am new to the blog so this might be answered elsewhere. Do you use natural peanut butter (just crushed peanuts?) or the commercial kind with all the sugar (like JIF)?
    Also, my friend is allergic to peanuts. Do you think almond butter would work?

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    1. I used Sunbutter, it was delish!!

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    2. Sunbutter works great!

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  18. Hi Jennifer!
    Welcome. I use natural, but either would work. Yes, I think almond butter would be awesome in this.
    Cheers!
    Amy

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  19. I found your blog through Pintrest and I LOVE IT! So many yummy healthy things. And I am now starting to use coconut oil.

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  20. Holy cow...these would be great with Sunbutter! I'm going to have to try an allergy free version! YUM!

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  21. These are SOOOOOOO good! Make them at least twice a week. Thanks for sharing :)

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  22. This looks great... it could be made allergy~friendly so easily! Thanks for this wonderful idea...

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  23. ummmmmmmm how is this healthy???

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    1. Where, in her original post, does she even say that these are healthy?! They're called candy bars. What does that tell you?

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  24. @Kaybee--healthy in that it is made from real, whole foods. There are no preservatives, chemicals, refined sugars. Its ingredient list does not contain 35 ingredients that one cannot pronounce. Also, I love that along with a snack you get the filling fiber of oats. Coconut oil has a ton of health benefits, too. If using organic, local honey, there are benefits there, too, starting with allergy relief to name one. Compare this to a candy bar, and I would say it is healthy. Is it low calorie...no.

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    1. Great Response and well put!

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    2. I love traditional no bake cookies, but with a cup of refined sugar, and a stick of butter, I think these are a great alternative. I also used gluten free oats, and they turned out great!

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  25. I just made these today and they are absolutely delicious Amy - thank you for sharing!

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  26. Any ideas for a substitute for the oats?

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  27. I made your accidental recipe last night, (popped them in the freezer so they'd set up faster,) and oh my goodness, they're so yummy! I don't typically like dried fruit in granola-type bars, but I was intrigued by your recipe so I tried it, using cranberries. I LOVED them! The cranberries are such a nice addition. I would've never tried it, had it not been for your mouth-watering photo! Thanks so much for sharing your yummy accident! ;)

    I've been making the HH bars for a while, and mine come out that chocolate-y too. ;)

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  28. I calculated the calories and it has the same amt of calories as a snickers bar :) Minus all the fake stuff though.

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  29. Yes, I don't doubt they are high calorie, due to the coconut oil...but it is a healthy fat, and you have all that healthy fiber from the oats that keep you from the sugar high that one would get from a candy bar..not to mention all the other nasty ingredients in it. This is a treat, and I still say it is healthful, just not low calorie.

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  30. I LOVE the no-bake cookies! As a gluten-and-dairy free mom of 3, I always need a treat!

    This is random, but Jorgensen studios, that advertises on your blog, is one of my favorite etsy shops in the whole wide world. I got a ring from them as a temporary-wedding-ring replacement when I was preggo w/ #3, and loved it. So glad to see random internet connections between people who's stuff I love! <3

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    1. fun! I love Jorgensen studios, too. Amazing stuff!

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  31. Kim Janous, if you want to substitute for the oats, Quinoa flakes have worked well in other recipes. I haven't tried them *here*, though. Are you one of the many gluten-free, oat-intolerant recipe searchers out there?

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  32. @kim and dotty, we are a grain free household for health reasons and I think this could still work if they were just shredded coconut based with no oats or quinoa. Still tons of fiber and fewer calories and carbs! They may end up stickier though. I'm going to try them that way

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  33. I added crushed almonds and sub'ed the cranberries for finely chopped cherries. Delicious, thanks for the idea!

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  34. I want to try it with almond butter, or other nut butters (for the peanut allergic). Do you think it would work?

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    1. Have you heard of wow butter? It's made from non-GMO soy in Ontario Canada. Tastes great!

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  35. Thanks for the extra ideas! I freeze my chocolate chips and add them after everything else is mixed so they stay chocolate chips. Of course, the first batch I just went with the mixed up greatness because I like it that way.

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  36. I really want to try this, but I have one question. Where do I go to buy coconut oil? Do they sell them at your typical grocery stores? Have never bought it before so have never really looked?

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    1. I have seen jars of coconut oil at the grocery store but I must say the BEST taste & value I have found is the one I buy online from Amazon.com: Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil :)I use it for making these bars plus tons of other baked goods and even homemade popcorn. Yum!

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  37. Can I ask about the need to refrigerate? I'm curious to know if it is due to potential spoilage, or simply to maintain the structural integrity of the bars (lol, I'm a dork). The reason I ask is because these sound like the perfect snack/easy breakfast to take backpacking, where refrigerators, are well, non-existent.

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    1. These melt really easily. Refrigeration is needed.

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  38. Is there really no substitute for coconut oil? I'm allergic to coconut..... :/

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    1. This sound similar to the oat and peanut butter no bake bars I used to make when Iwas vegan. I used vegan margarine and a lot more sugar not honey. If I was going to sub out coconut oil now, I would use butter.

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  39. oooo! Going to try this! My boy will be so surprised!!!

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  40. I made these for some friends yesterday and they wanted to lick the pan! I used dried blueberries just because I love the combo of blueberries and chocolate.

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  41. I had the same issues with these the first time I made heavenly homemakers recipe. I thought I messed up some how too. So I really don't think you made a mistake. They are just really good and gooey.

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  42. I have to admit! I made the same mistake too and it has been a staple in my home ever since! My daughter even prefers it to the chocolate oatmeal cookie which is practically unheard of here in the South!

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  43. These were so good the first time I made them (found recipe on pinterest). I'm going to make them again in a few minutes but try Almond butter instead of peanut butter. Yumm!

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  44. Looks delicious. Would it make a difference if I left out the cranberries?

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  45. nope, should not make a difference to leave out the cranberries.

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  46. Do you think steel cut oats would work as well?

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  47. I added 1 cup of Barbara's Brown Rice Crisps and left out the cranberries. They were wonderful!

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  48. These look great! Can't wait to try!

    Check out my latest recipe @ bakingblissful.blogspot.com

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  49. Have made these several times and love them!!! Thank you for the great recipe!

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  50. Just made and they are waiting in my fridge. :-) Thank you for sharing this recipe. I am glad you have said they are healthy because they are! Calories are not what it is all about, and because of cutting sooooo many calories (good fat, too) our bodies are not happy! I love your blog!

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  51. I made these and fell head over heals in love! Oh man, I couldn't stop eating them! I actually just posted the recipe on my blog...

    http://www.sarahbakesgfree.com/2012/07/healthy-candy-bars.html

    Thanks for such a fun, easy recipe!

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  52. I have made this recipe repeatedly with one minor variation. I also add 1 1/2 cups of cheerios, as I felt the consistency of these bars was a bit gooey. A perfect addition. Also key to note is the use of old fashioned oats and not instant. Awesome recipe!!!!

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  53. If butter is substituted for the coconut oil, how much would I use? Recipe sounds delicious! Can't wait to try.

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  54. Yum!!! This looks so good!

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  55. Why do they need to be mini chips if they are melted anyway? Are mini chips different?

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  56. In the fridge right now. Unfortunately I didn't have any dried cranberries.. hubby must have taken them to work. But I substituted raisins instead. Can't wait to try them in an hour!

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  57. Do you have any printer-friendly versions of your recipes or am I missing something?

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  58. So honestly. You didn't mess up the recipe. Just doubled it. It sounds like you weren't expecting the choc chips to melt but that doesn't mean you didn't follow the recipe. Your recipe is the same as hh.

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  59. These look wonderful!!!

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  60. You don't need the honey if you use choc. chips, that are already sweet. This was too sweet for me, but I will definitely try it again. thanks!

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  61. Made these last night. Cannot begin to describe how great these are. The coconut flavor is perfection. This is my new go-to crazy sweet craving! Thank you!!

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  62. I made these a couple of weeks ago. I couldn't find my cranberries so I made them without & they were still delicious! So delicious, in fact, that I'm about to make them again!! Thank you for sharing :)

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  63. These are not healthy...very high calorie ingredients.

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  64. I bet they would be good with toasted oats too! Can't wait to try them! Great for my kids!

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  65. Found these on Pinterest, and I just have to say...THANK YOU!!! Made it at Christmas to give out as gifts, and they didn't even make it to wrapping. Have had a ton of requests to make again. Unfortunately, they are more of a treat and not exactly low cal or low fat. However if you're going to indulge, this is the way to do it (or at least that's what I tell myself..haha). Natural ingredients, homemade, no chemicals etc.,that you would potentially get from something store bought. And, to be honest, I like your "screwed up" recipe the best :). I might not add dried fruit next time, but that's only personal preference as I am not a huge fan of it.
    Thanks again, this is an AWESOME recipe!!!!

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  66. I have to say super easy healthy snack for my daughter. Love it, thank you.

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  67. Hi - thanks for this tasty and easy recipe! I didn't have any chocolate chips (I know, crazy), so I added in some cocoa powder when I melted the ingredients together. Worked wonderfully, super chocolatey and delicious!

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  68. Thank the Lord for Pinterest and finding delicious recipes years after they were originally posted! I seriously almost cried when I managed to make these (I am a horrible cook) and they were amazing! Even one little bit satisfies my chocolate craving! Thank you!!

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  69. could you use coconut butter?

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  70. Found this on pinterest and just finished making them. I added a dash of cinnamon and some pecans just for fun. Thanks!

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  71. These really do sound delicious, but I just can't see how they're healthy! Peanut and chocolate?? Just ONE of those ingredients is chock full of sugar let alone both!

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  72. These are amazing! I've made them many times now. I don't use n berries because I don't like them but have used coconut, raisins and nuts to substitute. I want to try it with dark chocolate and see how it works. This recipe has endless possibilities.

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  73. I was also going to ask how these are considered healthy, but I'm glad you posted a response. I definitely think these are better tasting and better for you than store bought candy bars and granola bars, but I think it's easy to misunderstand that from your post. The bar is high in calories, sugar, and saturated fat, but if I want to indulge, this is the perfect way to do it!

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  74. I made your recipe and now it's all I can think about. I even had to stick them in the freezer so I didn't eat them so fast. Just made another batch using white chocolate and apricots as I ran out of normal chocolate and cranberries. Don't think it will be as good as the original recipe but it's just to get me by until I get back to the shops! Thanks for sharing.

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  75. These were incredible! The best no-bake bars I've ever eaten. I skipped the cranberries and added coconut and walnuts. Wow! My kids ate nearly half the batch within the first day. I had to hide the rest!

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  76. I love these and love making these for my family but HOLY CALORIES!!!! :(

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  77. These look awesome! Can't wait to try! Do you store in the fridge or at room temperature? Thanks!

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  78. I made the Oatmeal Chocolate PB No Bake Bars.......OH MY! Both hubby and I REALLY like them! Thanks for messing up the recipe and coming up with these.

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  79. These are the BOMB!!! I had to go buy the coconut oil to make them but it was so worth it!! I also used dried cherries in place of the cranberries. I would love to make these w/dried blueberries for my Mom.

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  80. 3 things too consider...use less honey - way too sweet for us, substitute out th crans for crushed walnuts and add more oats to eliminate too much gooiness

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  81. Now I know what's for dessert at our gathering tomorrow. Yummy!

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  82. I made these today....so yummy! I had a few spoonfuls right from my pan...just as delicious once it was cooled. First time ever using coconut oil...it smells so yummy when I opened my container. I omitted dried fruit, and used agave nectar instead of honey. I also only had quick oats and regular semi-sweet chocolate chips, so that is what I used and they turned out great. I did end up using another cup of oats so they weren't so gooey... But they are Super sweet and rich. I put mine in a 9x13 pan and cut small squares. Perfect size for a quick treat to take care of my sweet tooth. They do remind me of the good old no bake cookies, which I am glad, because those are one of my favorites! Thanks for the recipe!

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  83. I have to say these are amazing!!!!! The second time I made them I substituted the chocolate chips with cocoa and added whey protien powder. Healthy is not based on calories alone, it is what you get out of the calories you are eating. The benifits from coconut oil alone is worth eating this snack.

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  84. I loved this recipe. The only part that was hard for me to swallow was the cost of the honey. I tried 1/2 no-sugar added Applesauce and half honey. It was perfect. I would recommend that to anyone.

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  85. These look really good and sound easy to make - what could be better! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  86. Awesome Recipes and tips. I loved the Blog. Take care of your health. I shall include you in my prayers.

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