Almond Joy Bars

So piggybacking off my first post about my love for coconut oil, here is a recipe I’ve been thinking about for a while. I hope you guys enjoy! -Kneesocks

Almond Joy Bars

Crust:

1.5 cups blanched almond flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon raw honey

1 tablespoon vanilla

4 tablespoons melted coconut oil

 Filling:

1 13.5-ounce can of coconut milk

1 8-ounce bag of shredded coconut

¼ cup maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping:

2 cups of soy-free, dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips)*

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I like to line my baking pan with parchment paper to make clean up easier. Cut a square larger than the 8×8 baking pan, and cut slits at 4 corners that line up with the pan so that it fits nicely into the pan. Then, grease the paper with a little bit of coconut oil.

Crust:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until it has a crumbly consistency. Press evenly into lined or grease baking pan and bake for 15 minutes or until light golden brown.

Filling:

While the crust is baking, mix together coconut milk, maple syrup and vanilla. Add the whole bag of shredded coconut. Once the crust is done, spread filling over the top evenly and place bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the top starts to lightly brown. Take out of oven.

Topping:

Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. I don’t have one so I just put a glass bowl over a small amount of water in a pot and melt it this way. I’m sure you can do it on short time intervals in the microwave too as long as you keep an eye on it. Spread the chocolate over the top evenly and let cool. Place in fridge for an hour and cut into squares.

* If you can’t find the Enjoy Life chips, you can sub 2 cups of chopped 72% or higher chocolate bar. Trader Joe’s has a chocolate bar that is soy-free and another brand that is available is Theo at Whole Foods.

Disclaimer: I am in no way saying making treats like this a large part of your diet is “healthy” or “paleo” for that matter. If you are striving for health and performance your diet should for the most part consist of meat, eggs, vegetables, healthy fats, some fruit, and a little bit of nuts and seeds. However, there are times in life where you want to treat yourself to something sweet or have to bring something to a social gathering, and at those moments I am all for making treats that fit into a minimally-processed and natural lifestyle. Your body reacts to sugar in the same way regardless if it is high fructose corn syrup or a more natural form such as honey or maple syrup, so please limit the treats to special occasions but I do advocate for making the “best” choice when it comes to splurging on treats and cheats!

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