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Samoa Cookie Granola Bars

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I’ve always had the BIGGEST obsession with Girl Scout Samoa cookies! Like many others, I have absolutely no self control when it comes to eating them– I can down a box in one sitting.  I wanted to come up with a healthy alternative that gives me the same crunchy and delicious coconut flavor so I came up with these! I was honestly shocked to see how amazing they turned out.

Filled with chia seeds, flaxseeds and sunflower seeds, this is the ultimate (not to mention super nutritious) alternative to the infamous Samoa cookies, plus I get to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Saima's healthy take on this classic cookie packs a nutritious punch with each delicious bite! The addition of flax, sunflower, and chia seeds adds heart-healthy fats, fiber, and even a little bit of protein that normally wouldn't be found in this sweet treat. This can also help keep blood sugar levels from spiking up too high, and help you avoid that crash and burn effect that you can experience after indulging in one too many cookies.

By Emily Cooper, RD, LD

Samoa Cookie Granola Bars

  • Prep Time:20 mins
  • Cook Time:10 mins
  • Servings: 30

Ingredients

2 cups gluten free quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes (toasted)
1 cup Rice Krispies cereal
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup ground sunflower seeds
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 stick butter ( I used salted– it brings out the rich flavor)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup pure honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 drops of toasted coconut extract (optional)
1/8 cup Krafts caramel bits (use just enough to give you the caramel kick–I use the bits since they’re tiny little balls of caramel that are already unwrapped and easy to use!)

Instructions

1. Spread coconut flakes on a tray with parchment paper and toast for 10-15 minutes at 350 F until toasted. Make sure to keep mixing the coconut throughout to ensure it’s evenly toasted–if you don’t, you’re coconut will burn before you know it!
2. Once the coconut is toasted, shred in a blender for 5-10 seconds. (Don’t shred for too long since we don’t want it to be too fine.)
3. Combine all dry ingredients into a large bowl (oats, coconut, Rice Krispies, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds.
4. In a small pot on medium heat, add brown sugar, butter, honey and caramel until all ingredients melt.
5. Once it starts bubbling up, add in the vanilla and coconut extracts. Cook for another 20 seconds and remove from stove.
6. Add the sweet mixture to the dry ingredient bowl and mix until evenly spread.
7. Place a parchment paper over a tray and press the granola mixture depending on how thick/thin you want the bars.
8. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 325F.
9. Once baked, cool for 15 minutes and place in the freezer to harden for 30 minutes.
10. Take out and cut into pieces. Enjoy!
11. Drizzle them with dark chocolate if you want the extra kick! (optional)

1. Spread coconut flakes on a tray with parchment paper and toast for 10-15 minutes at 350 F until toasted. Make sure to keep mixing the coconut throughout to ensure it’s evenly toasted–if you don’t, you’re coconut will burn before you know it! 2. Once the coconut is toasted, shred in a blender for 5-10 seconds. (Don’t shred for too long since we don’t want it to be too fine.) 3. Combine all dry ingredients into a large bowl (oats, coconut, Rice Krispies, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds. 4. In a small pot on medium heat, add brown sugar, butter, honey and caramel until all ingredients melt. 5. Once it starts bubbling up, add in the vanilla and coconut extracts. Cook for another 20 seconds and remove from stove. 6. Add the sweet mixture to the dry ingredient bowl and mix until evenly spread. 7. Place a parchment paper over a tray and press the granola mixture depending on how thick/thin you want the bars. 8. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 325F. 9. Once baked, cool for 15 minutes and place in the freezer to harden for 30 minutes. 10. Take out and cut into pieces. Enjoy! 11. Drizzle them with dark chocolate if you want the extra kick! (optional)

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 96; Total Fat: 5 g; Saturated Fat: 3 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 4 mg; Sodium: 36 mg; Potassium: 13 mg; Carbohydrate: 12 g;  Fiber: 1 g; Sugar: 7 g; Protein: 2 g
Nutrition Bonus: Iron: 2%; Calcium: 1%; Vit A: 1%

 

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