Replica PAMELA’S Chocolate Coconut Whenever Bars (SAVE $4.65 a box!)
These bars were one of the first Gluten-Free goodies that I bought for my daughter that tasted good! REALLY good!! And they came from a box, albeit and expensive box! At about $5.75 for a box of 5 bars, there are a little too pricey for my everyday grocery budget.
I immediately starting looking for someone who had tried to make a replica of these, and then I found CassidyCraveableCreations. She did a Copy Cat Lemon Blueberry version, however, her household is also dairy, soy and grain free. I took the “nuts and bolts” of her recipe and made it to suit our needs and made it into the Chocolate Coconut instead…what can I say…I LOVE chocolate!
After pricing out my ingredients, I was shocked to see that I was able to make each bar for only $.32!!! That’s a savings of $.93 a bar or $4.65 for a box! On top of that, this recipe will make approximately 30 bars, so freeze them and take them out as you wish (they are even delicious right out of the freezer). These are soft, chewy and packed full of flavor. The oats and chia seeds add lots of nutritional value too.
Ingredients: Yields 20-30 bars
1 cup Gluten Free flour blend
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 1/2 cups rolled oats (certified gluten free)
1/2 cup brown sugar substitute (I used Splenda)
1/4 cup agave or honey
1/4 cup butter, melted
6 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
1 Tbsp vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
Note: Each bar contains approximately 30 grams of carbs. These can easily be made into cookies and halfed in sized for a lower carb treat, or simply cut each bar in half!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper and/or grease one or two cookie sheets, depending on the size of your bars (2 sheets is a safe bet). Mix flours, baking soda, salt and xanthan gum in large mixing bowl. In another bowl beat together the brown sugar, butter, agave, vanilla, egg and milk. Add chia seeds and stir. In large mixing bowl with paddle attachment, combine the liquid ingredients to the dry. Mix until incorporated.
The dough will be sticky, so you can use slightly wet hands, or dust them in some tapioca flour. Scoop your desired amount (I used about 2 large tablespoons per bar) and shape bars in your hands. These will not change size much in oven, so you can place them close together. After you have arranged them, put in oven for 10-12 minutes or until they turn a very light golden brown.
These delicious bars are great for a quick snack, a tasty breakfast, or a perfect compliment to your lunch box. Stayed tuned for more replica “whenever bar” recipes!