Coconut Lime Oat Bars Recipe

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The coconut lime oat bars were and idea that came from a recipe I did for my upcoming cookbook. It was a recipe for tropical candied peanuts and it was absolutely delish!

I also like to keep healthy snacks around for Mini Chef since he will make a b-line for the cookies in the house if I don’t. So these, though they are a bit cookie-like, are a substitute I feel comfortable giving him when he’s begging for a treat. He absolutely adores these!

Clean Eating Coconut Lime Oat Bars displayed on a white plate. There are three square bars stacked up with a forth leaning against them sideways.

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Clean Eating Coconut Lime Oat Bars

Clean Eating Coconut Lime Oat Bars

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 134kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quick oats (dry)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
  • 2 medium limes (zest from both limes, juice from just 1)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Dry, roasted oats in oven without oil for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside to cool. Keep oven on at same temperature.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and knead with your hands. I promise, you'll enjoy licking your fingers when you're done!
  • Spread the mixture into a 9X13 baking dish. This will take a little patience as the mixture is thick and needs a little "convincing" to smooth itself out. Just keep nudging it across the dish until you have a nice, even spread.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Yours may not turn out as dark as the ones in the photo above because I over-baked them a bit. But they were still yummy!
  • Cut into 24 squares ( I used a pizza cutter) and allow to cool before eating (they stay hot for a while!)

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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38 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    BD – Thanks! Happy turkey day to you too!

  2. Anonymous says:

    HW – Yes they would! Enjoy!

  3. Anonymous says:

    SS – Definitely! Paired with a little lean protein, it’s a great snack. Enjoy!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dana – Hmmmm…. the recipe really is formulated for the coconut. Maybe you could try one of my protein bars? You can always adjust those to have some lime in them.

  5. Lisa Ullrich says:

    What temp. do you bake them at? Sounds delicious!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Lisa – Oh, sorry. 350 degrees F.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Jo – The difference is really in how they are cut. There is a difference nutritionally and calorically, however I use a wide range of oats. I figure if quick oats are the worst I’m eating, I’m doing pretty darn good. I don’t worry to much about oats. But it’s a personal choice.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Leah – If you can have other nuts, just use a different nut butter such as almond or cashew butter.

  8. I made these yesterday. The texture turns out great and I didn’t have any problems mixing it and smoothing it out. I took my oats straight out of the oven and into the mixing bowl, which warmed up the whole thing making it easy to mix with a wooden spoon and put into the 9×13 baking dish. However, the mixture of lime with the coconut and peanut butter didn’t really do it for me (neither for my kids… one of them so NOT the picky eater… he eats everything). I would make these again, but without the lime. Sorry, but I just had to say it.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Janick – No worries. Everyone has a different taste. I love the combo of lime and peanuts with the coconut. But not everyone will.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Kayla – Yay! I’m so happy you enjoyed them!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Laura – Hope you enjoy them!

  11. Just made these with almond butter, and a little less honey (end of the bottle!).. Very yummy. A tribute to Harry Nilsson.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Arleen – Glad you enjoyed them!

  12. I thought I remember reading in the Family Clean Eating Book that peanut butter wasn’t clean?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Kimz – As long as there are only peanuts in the ingredient list, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be clean.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Sarasa – Great! I hope you enjoy them!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Autumn – Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed them!

  15. Jennifer Fletcher says:

    I dont know what I did wrong but these did not turn out at all. First the “dough” was not thick and then when I tried to cut and serve, after they cooled, they just crumbled.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Jennifer – Sounds like something either got left out or mismeasured. Something definitely went wrong there. Did you follow the recipe exactly or make any substitutions?

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  17. graciouspantry says:

    Alexiskim – Unsweetened peanut butter is all I use. Anything else is not clean. It’s the 1/2 cup honey you may have a problem with. But I’m not sure what to sub for that.

  18. Couldn’t stop eating the batter! I wonder if you could add in a little vanilla protein powder but I didn’t this first round. Have you tried that before?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Lara – I’ve only made the recipe as it’s stated here. And ya, the batter is tough not to eat!

  19. Looks great! Any thoughts on if using shredded coconut would work? I bought that by accident! 🙁

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Vanessa – I’m not sure, I’ve only made them as the recipe states. Worth a shot though!

  20. I used canned pumpkin intstead of applesauce….delicious!!!!!!!

  21. graciouspantry says:

    I hope you enjoy them!

  22. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome! I’m glad you enjoyed them!

  23. i’d like to make non-protein peanut butter banana oat bars….what do you think about substituting the applesauce with mashed bananas and eliminating the coconut and lime?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I’m not sure what you mean by “non-protein”. The protein is in the peanut butte.r Not the apple sauce or coconut.

  24. Hi Tiffany,

    How long should these last in an airtight container? I have some leftover from a batch I made a couple weeks ago and now I’m going on a trip. I don’t know if I should freeze them or if they can just be left in a Tupperware at room temperature…

    Thanks!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Definitely freeze them!

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  26. I just made these today. I was a little skeptical of the combo of peanut butter and lime but as they were baking they smelled delicious and I realized…of course I like peanuts/lime as they’re in many of my favorite Thai dishes! I love these! I think they may be my favorite granola type bar I’ve made yet. I used the old fashioned oats instead of the quick oats and they turned out fine! I also have trouble finding unsweetened coconut in my regular stores so I just reduced the honey a bit. They turned out delicious!

  27. Hi, just pulled this favorite out and soooo Good,

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennerfet – Awesome!!! So happy you like them! 😀

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