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Published Friday, May 28, 2021

By Melissa Pette

These homemade tropical fruit granola bars are so much better than what you can buy at the store, especially since its completely up to you to add your favorite fruits, nuts or chocolate.

These healthy snacks are perfect for a busy morning. So.... let's go to the kitchen!

Tropical granola bars

The best part is these so-good bars are very simple to make. If you don't have an oven, you can also roast the oats in a pan.

For 10 to 12 bars the ingredients you need are:

2 cups of oats.

1/2 cup of almonds.

1/2 cup of walnuts.

1/4 cup of shredded coconut.

1/4 cup of raisins.

1/2 cup your favorite dried fruits such as cranberry, orange, mango, papaya, kiwi, strawberries, pineapple or bananas.

1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

1/4 cup of butter.

1/4 cup of honey.

1/4 cup of brown sugar.

1/2 tablespoon of salt.

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.

First, preheat your oven to 350F.

Then, in a baking tray, add oats, coconut, walnuts and the roughly chopped almonds. Spread them well in the tray and bake for 10 minutes until they are slightly toasted. Then, transfer them to a bowl.

In a pan add the butter, brown sugar and honey. Mix well. Add the vanilla and pinch of salt. Cook them until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves completely.

Pour the butter mixture over the oats and mix them well. Add your favorite chopped dried fruits, raisins, chocolate chips and give a good mix.

In Costa Rica, you can easily find a variety of tropical dried fruits at Walmart (Great Value brand) or Automercado (Ocean Spray or Dole brands).

By the way, in the U.S. it is easy to find dried organic fruits "Made In Nature" brand. So far, I'm not lucky to find them here. If somebody knows where those are on sale in Costa Rica, please let me know.

Let's continue.

Line the sides and bottom of the square pan with foil and spray it with butter or some cooking oil. Transfer everything to the greased pan.

Using a spatula press them well to pack them firmly and evenly or wet your hands with water and press them. Scatter some mini chocolate chips over it and press them gently.

Cover and put it in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours or freeze them in the freezer for 30 minutes.

After 2 hours, carefully peel the foil from the granola bar. Slice them into bars with a sharp knife. Store them in an air-tight container or freeze them in a freezer-safe bag. Now, our granola bars are ready. Enjoy!

Thank you so much for taking your time to write and remember to share your recipes with a horizontal photo of the dish to More tasty recipes can be found on the AM Costa Rica Food page.

Stay safe indoors. It is time to take care of yourself and your loved ones.
Pura Vida!

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