These acai granola bars combine wholesome ingredients to create a fiber-rich, naturally sweetened DIY snack. These are the ultimate granola bar to get you through the afternoon slump!
When you guys asked me to create a video about açaí powder, I wanted to make sure that I gave you more than just the standard old acai bowl. Don’t get me wrong, acai bowls are freaking delicious, but when you’re purchasing a little pouch of powder that costs upwards of $20, you want some versatility, right? Right.
So in my latest episode in the Spotlight Series, I’m showing you how to use açaí powder 3 different ways. We’ve got the bowls (duh), we’ve got a simple overnight oat recipe and then we have these.
These coconut blueberry acai granola bars that are pretty much the most epic snack ever.
When it comes to a granola bar, I have some stipulations. It must be oaty. It must stay together and not have to be refrigerated. It must be portable and somewhat durable. And it must be interesting. I don’t want just a stand oat and honey bar. I want something with some pizazz. Something with some zing.
Something like these acai granola bars!
If you’re unfamiliar with açaí, let’s just take a quick peeksy at what all the fuss is about. Açaí powder (and yes, there are accents on there) comes from the berry of the açaí palm which is native to Brazil and other parts of northern South America. The powder is made by freeze-drying the pulp of the berries, which then gets ground into a powder.
It’s most well known for its high levels of antioxidants and has been touted has a superfood for at least the past decade. Most commonly, you find the açaí bowls, but like I mentioned, I wanted to give you a few more options. Enter…granola bars.
Enter…these granola bars.
Our granola bars come together in a few parts…
Step 1: blend some dates to turn them into a thick, sticky paste (this will help them stay together)
Step 2: melt your liquid ingredients so the bars are easy to mix
Step 3: stir everything together, press into bars and EAT
These bars hit all the check marks on my granola bar must-have list. Not only are they portable, durable and perfectly fine on the counter, they’re also sweetened naturally, are vegan, can be made certified with a blend of medjool dates and coconut sugar. They’ve got cashew butter and coconut oil for some healthy fats and protein, oats for fiber, and açaí powder for antioxidants.
And guys, we’re taking it even two steps further by adding in some shredded coconut and dried blueberries.
Honestly, the combo is phenomenal. Coconut, blueberries + açaí are a match made in heaven. The acai kind of bridges the gap between the two as it has slight tropical notes, but also tastes eerily similar to blueberries. So it’s the perfect addition to these little no-bake bars.
Oh yeah, and they’re NO BAKE. That makes them even more appealing!
I know how much you guys love a no-bake snack, and trust me when I say, these bars are going to be your newest snack obsession. They’re seriously so simple to make, keep well for at least a week and did I mention they’re portable? Toss a few of these in your bag on your way to work or when you’re out for weekend errands, and you’ll be satisfied AND fueled.
And just a few substition notes before I let you dig in:
- The cashew butter can be swapped with any nut/seed butter of choice
- If you’re celiac, make sure you buy certified gluten-free oats
- You can swap the maple syrup with any other liquid sweetener of choice
- The blueberries can be changed for another dried fruit
- And the coconut can be swapped with another nut or seed
So customize to your heart’s content, but don’t leave out that açaí. It’s TOTALLY going to blow ya away!
Stir together the oats, coconut, blueberries and açaí powder in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Add the dates to a blender or food processor and process until they form a sticky paste (you can also finely chop them).
Melt together the cashew butter, syrup and coconut oil, then add this mixture, along with the date paste, in the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. You might have to use your hands to get everything really incorporated!
Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment, then dump the contents of the bowl into the pan. Press down to flatten with your hands, then press again with a flat bottomed glass or jar. Press down firmly to really compact the ingredients.
Place in the freezer for 30 minutes, then remove and slice into squares. Store in the fridge or on the counter for up to 5 days.
Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker
|Serving Size||1 bar|
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
Calories from fat
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 8.4||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 3.1||12%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g||80g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g||80g|
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