So I’m doing a juice & food cleanse right now. I’m SUPER worked up about it because as you may already know I freakin’ like doing them. It’s not that I believe they’re great in as soon as, it’s that I really like how I feel afterwards. The benefits? How clear my skin appears, just how much great sleep I get and how in a different way I find yourself thinking about meals.

I’ll have improvements for you around the cleanse shortly; in the meantime I’ve been staring at these bars around the counter all of yesterday. I produced them last week for Tony because he’s all like I have to get a lean body for baseball period – that is as he continues to eat chocolate covered doughnuts for breakfast time. I believe he could consume almost anything and still look good. No joke.

Anyway these bars are everything I’ve wished to make for a long time. My granola club obsession peaked when my pal Maegan and I journeyed around Kansas Town We had the most amazing coconut granola club at Kaldi’s espresso and since then I am dying to make my own.

The beautiful part about granola bars is that you can basically add anything to them that you would like. This one is fairly simple. The base is made up of oats, honey along with a nut butter. The rest? Your decision! You can essentially sub any kind of nut for the cashews and whatever sort of dried fruit you’d like for the cranberries. Personally, I think cherries would be fabulous. Or if you want to get real delicious, then add mini chocolate potato chips. GOD THAT SOUNDS GOOD. ALL OF IT SOUNDS SO EXCELLENT.

Sorry about that caps. Do I point out I’m composing this late at night and dreaming about my usual late night snack of peanut butter, banana and delicious chocolate chips? Also, remember the juice/meals cleanse. Forgive me for just about any spelling errors. I love you.

And… I hope you like these bars! They are FILLING, healthy and wholesome. In the event that you make them be sure to label #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram so I can check ’em out. xoxo.

5.0 from 1 reviews

Prep time:

1 hour

Total period:

1 hour


3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup unsalted cashew halves

1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped

1/2 glass honey (dark brown rice syrup if vegan)

1/2 cup unsalted creamy almond butter

2 teaspoons coconut oil


Series a 9-in . square skillet with parchment paper. In a large dish combine oats, cashews, coconut, chia seeds and dried cranberries.

Place moderate saucepan over moderate low temperature and add in honey, almond butter, coconut essential oil, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla; mix until warm and coconut oil is usually melted with almond butter. Add wet ingredients to dried out ingredients and stir well to mix and coat the oat/cashew/coconut mix. Transfer mixture to prepared pan and press solidly right down to pack bars tightly and ensure they stay collectively. The harder you press, the more they will stick together – so press them in very firmly!

Place pan in fridge for 1-2 hours or until firm. If you want to speed up the procedure, place the pan in the freezer for ten minutes. Cut into 16 bars. Bars could keep at room temperature for a week, or longer in the fridge. I like to individually wrap my bars in plastic wrap for grab and go snack foods through the week – or maintain a few in my own car for post exercises.

You can even bake these if you want crunchy bars: Bake for 10-15 a few minutes or until firm then remove from range and keep at room temperature to cool. Don’t bake much longer or they will become very difficult.

Feel absolve to sub another nut rather than cashews and use any type of nut butter you would like in place of the almond butter. These granola pubs are very adjustable! Try dried out cherries or apricots rather than cranberries!

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Hi Monique

If I’d replace the almond butter with peanut butter, am i going to need to replace the coconut flakes aswell? Can peanut and coconut coexist in the same recipe? what are Pigs feet used for would you suggest?

We replaced the cranberries with raisins and will use less honey the next time as the pubs were too sugary for a treat or breakfast.

Very filling and great tasting though.