Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Vanilla, Coconut, Chocolate Paleo Bars


If you're looking for an alternative to eggs for breakfast (a likely possibility if you follow an ancestral approach to food) try these simple and scrumptious paleo "dream bars."

Yields 12 bars

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup crushed pecans, divided
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1/2 cup coconut oil (in solid form)
1 vanilla bean, scraped3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)
  1. Combine the cocoa powder, 1 cup of the pecans and sea salt in a food processor, and pulse until it resembles coarse sand. Add the dates and pulse until the mixture comes together. 
  2. Press mixture into the bottom of a small baking dish, about 8x5". 
  3. In a separate dish, combine the coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup. Stir in 1 cup of the shredded coconut. Spoon this mixture over the cocoa-pecan crust and smooth with a spatula or the back of a spoon. 
  4. Top with the remaining pecans, coconut flake and cacao nibs. Cut into 12 portions and top with parchment paper.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.