Chocolate Chip Coconut No-Bake Granola Bars
I was looking for a way to have healthier snacks on hand for my kids lunches and on the go snacking. This recipe can be modified to include fruit instead of the chocolate. The date paste helps hold it together nicely and dates are known as nature's candy. No refined sugar except for in the chocolate chips. You could include carob chips or whatever kind of chips your kids like. The dried fruit version is yummy as well!
I couldn't find date paste so I made my own. If you can find it already prepared that would be one less step to follow.
Bars are best kept wrapped individually for on-the-go healthy snacking. Does not need refrigeration, but my kids like them cold and I keep them in one of the drawers of my fridge so they can grab them with a yogurt or applesauce when they're making their lunches.
I used a large metal spatula to cut versus a knife.