I’m guest posting for Food52 today. They asked me if I’d be willing to prepare a homemade version of Larabars, something I’ve always wanted to try. While I often find the ingredient lists appealing, homemade snack bars are almost always too sweet for me. The beauty of making them at home? I control that sweetness.
These No-Bake Toasted Coconut Bars are so simple to make at home and they take very little time. They’re vegan, gluten-free and paleo.
All you have to do is gather your ingredients, which will include cashews, unsweetened shredded coconut, medjool dates, coconut oil, coconut butter, cinnamon and salt.
Ok, I’m sort of lying. While the bars themselves are technically “no-bake” you will have to toast the nuts and coconut before combining the ingredients. It really brings out the flavors!
Once the cashews and coconut are toasted you add all of the dry ingredients to a food processor and pulse until you have crumbs.
Then you add coconut oil and coconut butter (which you can find at Whole Foods and health food stores). Continue pulsing until you have this:
You’ll press the mixture into a brownie pan lined with parchment and then freeze or refrigerate the mixture briefly. Then all that’s left to do is slice and serve.
You’ll never want store bought bars again. Enjoy these for breakfast, as a snack, or even as dessert! They’re so much better.
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