Happy Monday! How was your weekend? It was pretty warm here (finally)! I may have even turned my air conditioning on for an hour or so at night to cool the house down. What can I say?! I’m crazy and can only sleep when it’s uncomfortably cold. Any who…now that summer is approaching I try to use my oven a little less. Don’t get me wrong, no amount of heat can keep me from baking…but I like to change it up a bit (gasp!) and make lots and lots of no-bake treats, like these and this! YUM! These No-Bake Coconut Almond Bars are a perfect treat for a summer day! Packed full of nutritious ingredients, these sweet treats are so easy to make and healthy to boot! They are paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free & refined sugar-free!
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Here we go! These bars are made with some of my usual favorite ingredients, almond butter, shredded coconut, honey (or maple syrup) as well as a newly discovered product that I love…coconut butter!
I L-O-V-E coconut because it is a nutritional powerhouse. It increases your immunity because it’s antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic! (I use coconut oil on cuts instead of other anti-bacterial healing gels because it works so much better and is natural)! Coconut is loaded with calcium, potassium, magnesium, electrolytes, fiber and antioxidants! Need any more convincing? It helps stave off hunger and burns fat. Win. Win. WIN! I’m always looking for a way to sneak extra healthy fats into our diet, and coconut butter is definitely a tasty option! When making these bars be sure to very gently warm the mixture to preserve all the nutrients from the raw coconut and raw honey! 🙂
Once the honey, coconut butter and almond butter are melted and smooth add your vanilla and salt, followed by the dry ingredients. When you mix it all together it should look like the picture below!
Next, press the mixture into a 9×5″ loaf pan and set it aside.
Melt together some chopped, unsweetened chocolate and some more coconut butter. Once that mixture is smooth, add some honey (or maple syrup) for sweetness and spread over the bars.
Once the chocolate topping is evenly spread across the coconut/almond mixture, toss the pan in the fridge (or freezer if you’re
impatient hungry) to harden. TIP: Watch them carefully and cut into bars before the chocolate is completely hardened. Then let them cool the rest of the way after they’ve been cut! I think these bars are best served cold! 🙂
No-Bake Coconut Almond Bars
Lightly grease a 9x5” loaf pan, set aside.
To Make the Bars
In a small bowl, mix together coconut and almond meal. Set aside.
On a stovetop over low heat, melt together coconut butter, almond butter and honey until smooth.
Add vanilla and salt.
Remove from heat and add dry ingredients. Stir until mixture forms a ball.
Spread evenly into prepared pan.
To make the topping
Melt together chocolate, coconut butter and honey in a microwave or on the stovetop.
Putting it together
Spread topping evenly over bars.
Let sit at room temperature or in the refrigerator until topping is set.
Cut and eat!
I had an amazing weekend because one of my closest friends in the world came to town to visit! We got to spend time out on the town & in the mountains! We drank coffee, caught up and enjoyed the outdoors! I’m so sad she had to go home, but extremely grateful for her visit!
P.S. I live here. For real.
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