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 (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}

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  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it went! Mention @izyhossack or tag #topwithcinnamon!

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

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  • 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!


  • 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.
  • 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.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it went! Mention @izyhossack or tag #topwithcinnamon!

50 thoughts on “Chewy, Coconut Granola Bars {GF, Vegan} + Cinnamon Swirl Bread {Vegan}”

  1. Belinda@themoonblushbaker

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

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. Sabrina - A Spoonful of Photography

    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!

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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

  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

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

  10. Nazia @ This Baker Girl Blogs

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

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

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  13. 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.

  14. clare robinson

    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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  16. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    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 🙂

  17. Leigha @ The Yooper Girl

    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!

  18. Thalia @ butter and brioche

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

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

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  22. Boozy Epicure

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

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

  24. 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

  25. 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.


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

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