Now on to my recipe! This is one of my favorites. It is good for you, completely fills you up and reminds me of a dense Lara Bar. Usually I use almond butter, but for fun I used the Coconut Peanut Butter. It was delicious.
Date and Nut Power Bar ~ yes! Gluten Free and Sugar Free!!!
(adapted from ElanasPantry)
2 c. Almonds
1/4 c. Chia seeds (or any seeds ground in coffee grinder or blender)
1/2 c. Dates (or any extra sweet dried fruit)
1/2 c Shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 c. Coconut Peanut Butter (or “butter” of your choice)
1/2 tsp. Sea salt
1/2 c. Coconut oil (melted)
1 Tbsp. Agave Nectar (maple syrup or honey works too)
3 Tsp. Vanilla extract
Optional: a few squares of dark chocolate or carob, melted for topping.
Place almonds, seeds, dried dates, shredded coconut, nut butter and salt in a food processor. Pulse briefly for about 10 seconds. In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil over very low heat. Remove coconut oil from stove, stir sweetener and vanilla into oil. Add coconut oil mixture to food processor and pulse until ingredients form a coarse paste. press mixture into an 7x11 baking dish. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour (or till hardens)
For optional chocolate lovers, melt chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. Spread melted chocolate over bars and return to refrigerator for 30 minutes or till hardens.
Cut into bars and serve! Makes 12 bars. Store in refrigerator or wrap each bar individually and freeze for a healthy fun snack on the go!.
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