Coconut, almonds, and chocolate come together in these health-packed Almond Joy Granola Bars! Gluten free, refined-sugar free, and loaded with flax and chia seeds. 

Coconut, almonds, and chocolate come together in these health-packed Almond Joy Granola Bars! Gluten free, refined-sugar free, and loaded with flax and chia seeds.

Yoga and I are good friends. We get together three to four times a week.

But it wasn’t always that way. I strongly disliked yoga for most of my life. Every yoga class I went to was slow and boring. The poses were awkward, and the instructors talked in what can only be described as a stoned hippie voice. It was not for me, and I wrote yoga off entirely.

In fact, once in college I had to give a powerpoint presentation on “___ Gives Me Energy.” Alex was in the class with me, and remarked how funny it would be if I chose yoga as my subject. So I did. I did a presentation about how Yoga Gives Me Energy. 

I danced all throughout middle and high school, so I happen to have a few pictures of me doing dance yoga poses. Obviously I put them in the powerpoint for credibility. And I stood in front of my class talking about how much I loved yoga, when really I didn’t like it at all.

Coconut, almonds, and chocolate come together in these health-packed Almond Joy Granola Bars! Gluten free, refined-sugar free, and loaded with flax and chia seeds.

Half way through the presentation, after putting in a random clip art logo of a local yoga studio I found in town, one girl in my class shouted “I go to [your yoga studio] too! I actually work there!” Alex could all but help to hold in his laugher as I gracefully evaded her comment with a “Oh! Don’t you love it?!”

I got an A on the presentation, and didn’t think much about yoga until a few months later when I saw a friend for the first time in a while. She was looking seriously toned. “Yoga,” she said when I asked what she was doing. “Hot yoga.”

I had to try it out for myself. So I signed up, somewhat reluctantly, at the same studio who’s logo made its way into my presentation months earlier. And within a few classes, I was hooked.

It’s a full body workout. It makes me tired, but not exhausted in the way that running or other high intensity sports do. My muscles are lean and toned, and I finally have arm definition. And even more so, my mind gets a workout. I push myself to embrace my “edge,” yoga-speak for that point when you want to give up, but you push past it. I feel stronger in mind and body every time I step onto my mat.

Coconut, almonds, and chocolate come together in these health-packed Almond Joy Granola Bars! Gluten free, refined-sugar free, and loaded with flax and chia seeds.

In doing hot yoga three to four times a week, a good diet is a must. I need to have a pre-workout snack with protein and carbs that doesn’t weigh me down. These Almond Joy Granola Bars satisfy my sweet tooth while giving me the stamina I need for a good workout.

They have whole almonds and flax seeds for protein, coconut oil and almond butter for healthy fats, and oatmeal, sweetened coconut flakes, and mini chocolate chips for quick energy. Chia seeds keep you feeling full, and the honey gives it a warmth and sweetness that brings everything together.

Confession: I actually just stood up to go get a bar and am now eating it. I couldn’t help myself.

I think that’s my cue to stop and go enjoy the rest of this bar. Hope you all have wonderful beginnings of your week!

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Almond Joy Granola Bars
 
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Serves: 18 granola bars
Ingredients
For the granola bars
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup toasted coconut flakes (I used sweetened, but you can use whatever you prefer), plus more for sprinkling (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup organic flax seeds
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup whole roasted almonds
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup honey
For the chocolate coconut drizzle
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • 1½ teaspoons coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut flakes, chia seeds, flax seeds, mini chocolate chips, and roasted almonds. Stir until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine coconut oil, almond butter, vanilla extract, and honey. Pour into oat mixture and stir with a spatula until evenly combined.
  4. Pour mixture into pan, spreading evenly to the edges (use the spatula to smooth things out). Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the granola is lightly golden brown along the edges. Allow to cool completely (placing them in the fridge for about 30 minutes does the trick).
  5. Combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted. Place into a ziplock bag and cut a small slit in one corner. Drizzle over cooled granola bars, and sprinkle with extra toasted coconut, if using. Cut into 18 rectangles and serve!

 

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I always wanted to be someone who did yoga. In college my flat mate and I would attempt it every six or so months before eventually giving up. My body is just so clunky and awkward so I usually go back to kickboxing. Almond joy is one of my favorite granola flavors. I love that this is completely refined sugar free.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I mean, kickboxing is badass! I suggest at least two before a workout like that 🙂

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This is such a funny story. Hey, at least you got an A! Love homemade granola bars. So much better for you and for your wallet too. Those things can be crazy expensive!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I know! That’s partially the reason I made them. Ain’t nobody got time (or money) for store bought!

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These granola bars are right up my alley! Almond joy flavors in a healthy bar is a win for sure!

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I adore these. What a delicious twist and I love the almond joy elements!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Jocelyn! Gotta love twists 🙂

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Love granola bars, but every time I try do make them at home, I’m not very satisfied with the results! Definitely trying this recipe!

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One of my favorite candies are Almond Joys – I’m sure these are a much better alternative than to stuff my face with the actually candy.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hahaha, much better for your waistline, at least!

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These look amazing! I love anything almond joy-flavored. Your story made me crack up. Not gonna lie, I’m a huge dancer, but I can’t seem to get into yoga. Maybe I just haven’t found the right studio yet! 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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That’s what I tell people when they say they can’t get into it. It’s alllll about the instructor!

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I am right there with you girlfriend! I started doing hot yoga a couple months ago and am HOOKED. I did find though that I need to eat something good for me before (like these!) or else it gets just so uncomfortable (like when I ate a lot of cookies before, nope!). Let’s do hot yoga together and eat a few of these!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yes! Oooooh I’d love it!

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These are so awesome, can’t wait to make these for my sons!

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Great story and love, love these granola bars, since Almond Joy is my favourite!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Well then you’ve gotta try these, Jennifer!

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Almond Joy is one of my favorite candy bars! Now I can make them into healthy granola bars and not feel guilty about indulging in them at all. Can’t wait to give these a try!!

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Hahaha, I’m totally impressed you got an A! I’ve never been able to do yoga — I admire people who have that much balance and strength!

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I love how bright and beautiful these photos are! And the bars sound absolutely wonderful.

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These granola bars look super duper yummy! Love the chocolate-coconut flavour – extremely good.

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I completely agree that hot yoga is a completely different pain game! Oh, and I have totally gotten up in the middle of writing a post about a recipe to take another bite of said recipe. I would have done the same for these scrumptious bars!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Seriously, it’s a habit of mine! And a great pain game, right? I’m obsessed!

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Haha! I love your presentation idea 🙂 I’m a yoga whore, sorry. I love the slow flow. It’s my drug of choice 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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That’s OK, I can go for a slowburn now and then. But that hot yoga is what I crave!

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Almond joy candies are my favorite. Question: I don’t have almond butter – what could I substitute ? Any ideas?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I ground my own using whole almonds! Just add 1 T of your 1/4 cup of coconut oil and almonds in a bullet blender or vitamix and blend until creamy! 🙂

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Sarah, I just joined a running group through an endurance store here and found out there’s free yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays .. I’m stoked. I took a few bikram yoga classes several years ago. . you’re talking about bikram yoga right? anyway, loved it! and love these granola bars!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Exactly! Oooh, you’ve gotta do it. And thank you Alice <3

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Almond joys are one of my favorite candy bars, and those granola bars look SO awesome! Definitely need to make those!! Pinned 🙂

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You evil, evil woman! Talking about yoga and showing me delicious healthy treats – tsk. Meanie. I always have to pull myself together in those hippie-slow-and-flow yoga classes because I’m SOCLOSE to laughing. Well, I actually enjoyed it while I was pregnant but in whale state anything slow is perfect 😉

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hahaha, whale state. I look forward to that.

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I must try these bars stat!!

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I still haven’t done bikram yoga yet, but I feel like doing yoga in DC during the dead heat of winter is a comparable experience. I don’t have as much time to do yoga as I used to, and my body is toootally feeling it! This post is making me want to grab my mat and do some poses right now!

LOVE homemade granola bars too. Definitely trying these some time!

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These bars seem so tasty, I need to try them but only if they look like yours! 🙂

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This awesome (and funny!) story might be the first time I’ve seriously considered doing yoga, beyond the occasional foray! Like seriously–I’m probably more in touch with your past self who really got bored with all the slow movements and everything. Hot yoga does sound fun though, and I’ve been considering it for a while now. Guess I’ll have to see! Love the origin story of the love for yoga, though 🙂 that’s such a nice accompaniment for this wonderful recipe! Great share, Sarah–so glad to be back visiting here and reading your stories again! It’s been so long.

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When I first tried yoga I thought I was crazy. I was sweating more than I ever had in my life, in a room heated to 80 degrees, holding awkward poses that I could not quite figure out how to transition to, and I was still looking around to see what other people were doing after the teacher said which pose to do. Now…I CAN’T GET ENOUGH!!! I am such a yoga fiend and have found it to be such an integral part of my life, not just for my body but my sanity as well. I eat something similar before going into class so these are going to be easily devoured in my house!

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Oh wow, beautiful! I love a good granola bar and these look delicious. I laughed at how you had to get up to eat one as you were typing out the post! I do that all the time 🙂

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I know I’m a bit late to comment here, but I made these bars today (admittedly half a recipe) and they are de-licious! Just a hint of sweetness and a whole lot of yum! Glad I found your blog – will definitely be trying more of your recipes 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Kirsti! Thanks for the comment! So glad you enjoyed the granola bars. I just made them last week and they were as delish as I remember them 🙂 Don’t be a stranger and happy baking!

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