While this might not be a chocolate filled dessert, bourbon spiked recipe, or an idea for a great side for a cookout- in my own way this tropical granola bar recipe makes sense to share on Father's Day. 

It seems some of my favorite bloggers to follow have all be in Hawaii- but more recently, more and more foodies are heading out to the islands for sunshine and smoothie bowls. However, the Hawaii I know is a bit different. 

Beach days filled with Mai Tai's, chocolate covered macadamia nuts, bowls of poke (before it was trendy), and malasada's were the typical grub my family and I shared on our yearly trip to Hawaii. When I think back to childhood memories, many of them were spent in Hawaii on a beach with my dad- it was his favorite place. Aside from fish and chips and a rootbeer float from Stewart's on the way home from the Jersey shore, my dad and I would share our food adventures together in paradise. 

While he's no longer here to celebrate today, I thought these tropical granola bars would be a nice reminder of his favorite place. 


Servings: 10 bars


  • 1 cup of rolled oats (GF if needed)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried mango, diced (or cut with a kitchen scissor)


  1. Heat your oven to 325 degrees. On a lined baking sheet, spread the oats and coconut.
  2. Toast for 10-15 minutes, until coconut is fragrant and oats have a slight toast.
  3. Mix together the oats, coconut, mango, hemp hearts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and spices.
  4. In a small sauce pan, combine the tahini and honey. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until thinned and combined. 
  5. Pour the tahini honey mix over the oat mixture.
  6. Combine well.
  7. Transfer the oat mixture to a parchment lined 8x8 square baking dish and even spread out the mixture.
  8. Refrigerate for 2 hours to set.
  9. Cut into 10 bars and enjoy!
  10. Keep in the fridge to ensure bars stay together.