RAW CHOCOLATE COCONUT CASHEW BARS

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RAW CHOCOLATE COCONUT CASHEW BARS


Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Prep time:  15 mins Total time:  15 mins
Serves: 10 bars

Chocolate coconut cashew bars made with simple, clean ingredients for a sweet treat that you can feel good about eating. Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.



INGREDIENTS
**Base**
* 1 cup old fashioned oats
* ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
* 1½ cups raw unsalted cashews
* ¼ cup + 2-3 tsp liquid sweetener (honey, brown rice syrup, maple syrup)
* Pinch of sea salt

**Chocolate Coconut Topping**
* ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
* ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* ¼ cup liquid sweetener (honey, brown rice syrup, maple syrup)
* 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
* A few pinches of sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Add cashews to food processor and blend for 2-3 minutes, stopping to scrap down the sides every 30 seconds or so. You want to process the nuts until they start to form somewhat of a paste.
  2. Add oats, coconut oil, liquid sweetener and sea salt and blend for another 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed, until ingredients form a dough (refer to picture).
  3. Line a loaf pan or 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and lightly coat with non-stick spray. Empty dough into pan and press down firmly, spreading evenly to all edges. It's helpful to use the bottom of a measuring cup to really compact dough.
  4. Chocolate topping: In a large glass measuring cup or bowl, whisk together liquid sweetener, melted coconut oil and cocoa powder until smooth and well-combined. Pour over dough, spreading evenly with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with coconut flakes and sea salt.
  5. Freeze for 1 hour or refrigerate for 3 hours before slicing. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

NOTES
To ensure bars are gluten free (if necessary), use a certified GF brand of oats (Bob's Red Mill)
To make vegan, use either pure maple syrup or brown rice syrup as sweetener

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving size: 1 bar (based on using honey as sweetener)
Calories: 294 Fat: 20 gm
Saturated fat: 11.5 gm
Carbohydrates: 27 gm
Sugar: 15 gm
Sodium: 115 mg
Fiber: 2.5 gm
Protein: 4.9 gm



Note: http://dishingouthealth.com/raw-chocolate-coconut-cashew-bars/


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