I know I’ve mentioned my affinity for coconut before- see here and here. Recently, the Clif bar company came out with a coconut chocolate chip bar and I was happy to try it out. Wow. Other than the holiday flavors, this kind is definitely the best I have had and I would eat one every day- if I could afford to!
I decided to attempt to replicate these bars at home. I knew I wouldn’t achieve perfection but I wanted to make something similar.
In the interest of full disclosure, my first attempt at these was a failure.
I think I knew this batch was not destined for greatness when the batter was so thick that I had to press it into the pan. I couldn’t turn back at that point so I baked them anyway. I’m still eating these bars and they’ve grown on me- they are much more cake-like than a Clif bar. But, I wanted to make something a little more palatable to share. The second time around, success.
Mock Clif bars: Coconut Chocolate Chip
2 flax eggs- 6 tablespoons of water + 2 tablespoons ground flax (or Egg replacer or eggs)
1/4 cup maple syrup these are not very sweet at all- add more based on your preference
1/2 cup coconut milk you might be able to replace with coconut yogurt- let me know if that works!
1 teaspoon coconut extract
3/4 cup quick cooking oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour you could use coconut flour or some protein powder here instead but a. it’s expensive and b., I wanted to use what I had on hand
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup chopped chocolate chips
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tablespoon coconut milk
+Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
+Set up flax eggs I found this helpful link- I didn’t wait an hour, just long enough until I had to use them
+Sift or whisk oats, flour, soda, salt and coconut together
+Mix “eggs”, maple syrup, coconut milk, and coconut extract together