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Chewy, Coconut Granola Bars {GF, Vegan} + Cinnamon Swirl Bread {Vegan}

Chewy, Chocolate Chip, Coconut Granola Bars {GF, Vegan} and Pecan-Raisin Cinnamon Swirl Bread {Vegan}So I’m about to leave to go festival-ing at T in the Park (praying that I’m not going to get too drenched by any downpours when I’m there) for the weekend. I’ve made a couple of things this week which I had zero intention of blogging, I just instagrammed them and thought that was it. However a few people asked for the recipes and my no.1 hate is typing out recipes in Instagram comments so I thought I’d just give you a short, to the point post.

Have a good weekend everybody!

Chewy, Chocolate Chip, Coconut Granola Bars {GF, Vegan} (Adapted from Rachael Ray)

Pecan-Raisin Cinnamon Swirl Bread {Vegan}


  • 2 1/2 tsp (a 1/4 oz packet) active dried yeast
  • 1 cup (250 ml) warm water
  • 4 tbsp raw sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 3 1/2 cups (450 g) bread flour, plus you may need extra for kneading/rolling (I'd recommend weighing the flour, if you can)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (100 g) pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) raisins

For the filling:

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, softened
  • 1/2 tsp all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp raw sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Combine the warm water, yeast and sugar in a large bowl. Stir in the oil, then 1 1/2 cups of the flour. Mix in another 1 cup of the flour, reserving 1 cup.
  2. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the flour onto a clean work surface. Tip the contents of the bowl out onto the floured work surface and knead for 5-10 minutes until it's smooth (sprinkle on more flour as you knead if it seems too sticky).
  3. Lightly grease the bowl with some oil, put the dough into the bowl, cover with a clean dish towel. Leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in size (around 1 hour). Once risen, tip the dough out onto a clean work surface, pat it out into a circle and sprinkle with the pecans and raisins. Fold the dough in half and knead it for a few minutes until the pecans and raisins are evenly distributed in the dough. Leave the dough to rest whilst you make the filling.

  4. In a small bowl, cream together the coconut oil, flour, sugar and cinnamon.

  5. Sprinkle some more flour under the dough and on top of it, then roll it into an 8.5-inch square (see notes). Spread the filling mixture evenly over the surface then roll the dough up tightly into log. Transfer the log to a greased 8.5-inch loaf tin and place it seam side down in the tin. Cover loosely with oiled plastic wrap. Leave to rest for 30 minutes in a warm place.

  6. Remove the plastic wrap and bake for 30-40 minutes in an oven preheated to 350 F (180 C) until well-risen and browned. Let the loaf cool for a few minutes in the tin before tipping it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely, before slicing.
Chewy, Chocolate Chip, Coconut Granola Bars {GF, Vegan}

Chewy, Chocolate Chip, Coconut Granola Bars {GF, Vegan}


  • 4 tbsp (1/4 cup) coconut manna or coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 5 tbsp (1/4 cup + 1 tbsp) agave syrup or brown rice syrup (you can use honey, if not vegan)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, , desiccated coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups puffed brown rice cereal, (if you're in the UK, Rude Health makes a good one!)
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats, (gluten free if needed)
  • dark chocolate chips - however many you want!


  1. In a large pot, heat the coconut manna/butter, coconut oil and syrup together, stirring over a medium heat until it starts to gently bubble. Add the vanilla and salt and continue to heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Take off the heat and stir in the coconut, puffed rice and oats. Scrape the mixture into a lined 10 x 7-inch or 9-inch square tin. Gently spread it out with your hands and press down quite firmly to pack the mixture together. Quickly sprinkle over the chocolate chips and push them down a bit, then leave to cool (I put mine in the fridge for 30 minutes, but you can leave them at room temperature). Cut into 10-16 bars or squares. Store in an airtight container.

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  • molly yeh July 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    i have had the most insane craving for granola bars lately! MAKING THESE!

    • Izy July 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      I ate three within 10 minutes of cutting them into bars. Legit.

  • Belinda@themoonblushbaker July 10, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I right now have to make this bread with the sweet potato dough I have in my fridge proving! Cinnamon love forever!

    • Izy July 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      oh my goodness, that sounds divine!!! Cinnamon-five 🙂

  • molly yeh July 10, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    P.S. i was literally just about to put on pants and go to the store to get everything to make these but then i realized i have everything and i am officially the happiest human alive.

  • Marissa @ In My Yellow Cardigan July 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Those granola bars look AMAZING. Pinning now! 🙂

  • Librarian Lavender July 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Both of the recipes are looking really great! Thanks for sharing them!

  • cynthia July 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Yay for short & sweet recipes (they look SO good!) and music festivals!!! Have an amazing time!

  • molly yeh July 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    P.P.S. i just finished making them and they are amaze balls.

  • Lauren July 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    the bars and bread look so delicious, i’m just chowing down on some coconut bread !
    Lauren x
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  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts July 10, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I love everything about these two recipes. Period.

  • Billy July 10, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I’ve been needing a good granola bar recipe in my life AND HERE YOU ARE LIKE AN ANGEL.

  • Todd July 10, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Love it! Quick and easy – perfect for the amateur baker like me 🙂

  • Sabrina - A Spoonful of Photography July 10, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks for the recipes, Izy!! And have fun at the festival! These two look great – don’t even mention a cinnamon-y bread when I’m close: leaves me drooling every time. So you might be able to guess my situation as I scrolled on your pics in instagram ;-). And a pun-tactular title indeed! I’m always having such a hard time to get a short post title – it’s crazy, but my recipes’ names always seem endless – oh the struggles of a food blogger!

  • Leah July 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    double delicious!! I want to try those granola bars for sure – I am always on the lookout for nut-free items because my husband is allergic.

  • Kirsty July 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Hi was wondering if you knew the nutritional information for these granola bars? They look amazing! I can’t wait to make them!

  • Ashley July 10, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    You are killllllingggg meeee!! I want to eat that entire loaf of bread. Cinnamon swirl was always my favorite. The bars look perfect, too!! Have fun festivaling. xoxo

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 10, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I’d much rather you type the recipes out here too!! Thanks for sharing TWO! Double the vegan madness.

  • Nazia @ This Baker Girl Blogs July 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    That bread though! I would have no problem eating the entire loaf myself.

  • PassTheKnife July 11, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Those granola bars are great! I’m imaging so many variations on this great recipe!

  • Millie | Add A Little July 11, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Love both of these!! The bread with pecans and raisins sounds to die for!!
    Have a great time at T in the Park and hopefully the weather clears up soon!! 🙂

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  • Melissa July 11, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Oh thanks for sharing. I hate typing and reading recipes in Instagram. Thanks for the post and I will be making one of these this weekend. Yum.

  • clare robinson July 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Izy, added eggs to my bread as it all looked a bit dry, looked up other recipes and they too add eggs?

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  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout July 11, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Looks amazing! Love both recipes, I’m probably going to make the pecan-raisin bread first because I’m a sucker for anything with pecans… and cinnamon bread takes me back to easier elementary school days 🙂

  • Leigha @ The Yooper Girl July 12, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Oh man, I hate when that happens! And I agree- I hate typing out recipes on Instagram. These both look wonderful, and have a lovely time at T in the park!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche July 13, 2014 at 1:52 am

    wow another great recipe! thanks for sharing… definitely craving a couple of slices of that cinnamon bread…

  • DessertForTwo July 13, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Those granola bars look soooo good! And that bread?! Wow!

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    Oh dear, that bread looks amazing!

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    Those granola bars suddenly made my granola breakfast look far less interesting 😉 I can’t wait to make these!

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  • Boozy Epicure July 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Ok, not usually a granola bar fan, but those look way too delicious to not try the recipe out.

  • Skye July 15, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Love this off the cuff post! 🙂
    And love, love, love that cinnamon swirl bread – oh goodness!

  • erin July 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    TWO recipes. WHOA!

    These both look beautiful. I made you’re croissants on the weekend. They turned out beautifully!
    I wish they were bigger though…

    YUM x

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures July 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Two great recipes!

  • Gemma July 15, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Izy! Hope you had a great festival time! 🙂
    Just seconds after seeing the pictures of these bars I knew I had to try them ASAP! Wow, they look so delicious! Now all I need is to find that coconut butter…wish me luck! hehe.


  • Tash July 16, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I. Want. That. Bread.

  • Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño July 19, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    That bread looks da bomb, and vegan?!! Making it!

  • Tess August 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    This looks delicious Izy!

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    Would it work to use regular butter in place of coconut butter?

  • claire September 23, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Late to these, but is there any chance you could update the recipe for the bars to include grams? Pleeeeease 😉

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    think i might try these bars for a halloween party this weekend. but with maple syrup for sweetener! (i am canadian after all)

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