Ordinary granola bars get a tropical twist with this easy, healthy, no-bake recipe for Healthy Mango Coconut Granola Bars! They are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan-friendly. Learn how to make homemade no-bake granola bars with this quick and simple recipe.
Mango Coconut Granola Bars: The Perfect Homemade Snack
You are going to love this recipe for Mango Coconut Granola Bars, because they are bursting with tropical flavors and are made with just 6 ingredients. They are an ideal on-the-go snack, because they are easily portable, nutritious and will keep you feeling full for a long time.
These homemade granola bars are made entirely with wholesome ingredients, like rolled oats, almonds, shredded coconut and dried mango. Pureed dates and honey act like a glue that binds everything together.
How to Make Mango Coconut Granola Bars
Full instructions are included in the recipe below. But as a brief overview, to make this homemade granola bar recipe, simply:
- Make the date paste: Add the pitted dates and honey to a food processor. Process until they form a sticky paste.
- Combine the dry ingredients: Stir together the rolled oats, dried mango, shredded coconut, and almonds in a bowl.
- Mix the wet and dry ingredients together: Combine the date paste with the dry oat mixture and press into a lined, square baking pan.
- Freeze and serve: Place in the freezer until firm, then cut into bars and serve.
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Tips for Making Mango Coconut Granola Bars
Here are some pointers to ensure this recipe comes out perfect every single time:
- Use your hands to combine all of the ingredients together. The date-honey paste is super sticky, so using a spoon won’t cut it! This is also a fun step that your kids can get involved in. 😉
- Very firmly press the granola mixture into the baking pan with your hands, the sides of a mug or a flat dish.
- Allow the granola mixture to chill and harden completely in the freezer before cutting into bars. This will ensure that the granola bars hold together when sliced.
Optional: To enhance the flavor of the oats, you can lightly toast them on a baking sheet at 350°F for 10 minutes, just until they become fragrant.
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More Easy Granola Bar Recipes to Try
Looking for more nutritious, no-bake granola bar inspiration? Here are some of my favorite recipes:
- Apple Pie Granola Bars
- School-Safe Granola Bars
- No-Bake Vegan Granola Bars
- Fruit and Nut Bars
- The Best Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
For this Healthy Mango Coconut Granola Bars Recipe, I recommend:
Here are a few kitchen tools that I suggest using to ensure your granola bars always turn out perfect:
- Cuisinart Food Processor – This is the one I use and love! I have had mine for years and it is one of my favorite kitchen tools. I use it all the time to quickly mix ingredients and to make sauces and dips.
- KitchenAid Mixing Bowls – This is a 3-piece set that is great for combining ingredients. The bowls nest together, so they are super easy to store.
- Baker’s Secret Square Baking Pan – This pan is the perfect size for this recipe. It also works beautifully for making brownies and cake.
If you make this Healthy Mango Coconut Granola Bars recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡
Healthy Mango Coconut Granola Bars
- 1 cup packed Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup chopped dried mango
- 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup chopped almonds
- Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a food processor, process dates and honey until they form a paste.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, dried mango, coconut and almonds.
- Add date mixture to oat mixture and mix, using your hands or a spoon, until well combined.
- Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and firmly press into an even layer.
- Chill in freezer for about 20 minutes until firm.
- Remove from freezer and lift granola mixture out of pan using overhang on sides. Cut into bars and serve.
- To make this recipe vegan, substitute the honey with maple syrup.
- To make this recipe gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
- Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for up to three months.
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Mango and coconut together is my favorite flavor combination! And your granola bars look so yummy!
Hi Tessa! Yes that is a wicked combo! Thanks so much!
I love coconut bars! these are perfect for summer. and they look so so delicious!
Hi Linda! Aww thanks so much! I hope you get a chance to try them sometime! 🙂
Bianca Mason says
These were great! Thanks!
Hi Bianca, I’m glad you liked the granola bar recipe! You’re welcome!
Daniel Pare says
Had a tough time making the paste in my food pro. Had to add hot water.
Hi Daniel, thanks for your feedback. I haven’t encountered that problem before with this recipe. However, sometimes if your dates are a bit dry or have slightly hardened, it can help to soak them in hot water and then drain off the excess water, prior to blending to them. So, in situations like that, adding some moisture is a good move. 🙂
can I use dried dates instead of Medjool dates?
Hi Heather! I recommend using Medjool dates, because they are plump and juicy. You can try using another type of dried dates, but if they are not moist at all, you can soak them in water for a few hours to moisten them a bit. Then, drain off the water and use the dates as written in the recipe.