This Coconut Peanut Crumble which started off as a granola bar still makes a great snack or topping for yogurt, oatmeal or ice cream.
Sometimes kitchen flops turn into surprisingly delicious treats, even if the end result was not our original intention. I made granola bars once before and these Sweet Potato Granola Bars were a big hit. This time around I experimented with a different combination of binding and well, it didn’t bind. Instead it turned into a delicious crumble. You can snack on it as is or use as a topping for yogurt or ice cream. Before we get to it, here’s my inspiration for this combination of ingredients!
I love granola bars but it is so hard for me to find ones I can eat. Some of them are so sweet and loaded with candy that they almost cancel out the health benefits of the oats. Many of them are so full of mixed nuts like almonds, cashew, pecans, walnuts and Brazil nuts that I can already feel my throat constricting just reading the list of ingredients. Yes, I have major nut allergies, however one of the few nuts that I have no problems with is peanuts, perhaps because it is not really a tree nut like the others, but a legume.
For others like me who are allergic to nuts but not legumes, these peanutty granola bars are ones you can happily dig into. Not only are they loaded with peanuts, but also full of coconut flavor. My parents are from the Caribbean and instead of PB&J sandwiches, I grew up with peanut butter and coconut sandwiches, two of my Mom’s favorite ingredients. A few years ago I discovered this coconut peanut butter spread from Earth Balance and I love the coconut flavor in it, so used it in these instead of plain ole boring peanut butter. My Mom had thought up this combination long before Earth Balance. Too bad she did not market it way back then 🙂
IN THE MAKING
When you have a craving for something sweet but is still high in protein and fiber so you don’t feel too guilty, this is a good option!