Thursday, July 19, 2012

Chocolate Coconut No Bake Bars

I have been into health and nutrition since I was 13. I have studied and read about this topic off and on but have really learned a lot in the last 2 years. I {LOVE} eating treats but try to limit the amount of processed and white sugar treats in our home.  We still eat them from time to time but try hard to make most of our desserts with local raw honey, stevia, real maple syrup, and coconut sugar. I actually find now that when I do have a bit of something processed or with white sugar, within minutes I get a bad headache and feel nauseated. It usually isn't worth eating anymore.

This recipe is of one of my FAVORITE healthful treats. I found several no bake recipes and didn't really like them so I made up my own. I make them ALL the time and I typically eat 1/2 the pan. They are delicious.  My kids love them and the best part is they are full of good fat, protein and fiber. 

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Chocolate Coconut No Bake Bars

1 cup All Natural Peanut Butter
            (no sugar added, the only ingredient in this peanut butter is peanuts)
½ cup Coconut Oil
1 cup  Local Raw Honey
¼ cup Cocoa Powder
½ cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
2 cups Old Fashioned Oats, (Substitute Gluten Free if needed)
1 cup Walnuts, chopped and toasted (optional)

Grease a 9x13 pan with coconut oil then set it aside

In a medium size sauce pan set on medium-low melt together peanut butter, coconut oil, honey and cocoa powder. Once these are combined pour in your coconut and mix well. Now add your oats and stir until well combined.

Pour your mixture into your greased 9x13 pan. With your spoon smooth it out until it is evenly distributed.

To toast your walnuts: Chop walnuts into pieces.  Pour into a pan set on medium-low. Toast until golden brown. Stir occasionally and keep a close eye on them because they will toast quickly.

Evenly pour the walnuts over the chocolate mixture. Push the nuts down just a little bit so they will stick once set.

Stick your pan in the refrigerator until the bars are set.
(I am usually impatient and stick them in the freezer so they set up more quickly.)

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