Peanut Buttery Coconut Bars

January 28, 2011 | By | COMMENTS

Peanut Buttery Coconut Bars 1
My friend Arielle gave me an incredible cook book, Hungry for Health (Susan Silberstein), that has an amazing assortment of comfort foods, but with a clean and healthy twist. She tried a dessert recipe from it and kept raving about how amazing it was so I had to try it out.
This weekend I was visiting my family and decided to put these coconut squares to the test. I substituted peanut butter for tahini and agave nectar for the honey and they were a huge hit. We ate the entire batch in one sitting! This easy recipe is a perfect healthy alternative if you have kids (or a boyfriend with an over-zealous sweet tooth) who want something sweet. They’re also great for an energy bar before working out.


Ingredients:
– 1.5 cups raw almonds
– 1.5 cups raw cashews
– 1.5 cups raw shredded unsweetened coconut
– 3/4 cup agave (or honey)
– 1/4 cup peanut butter (or almond butter or tahini)
– 1 tblspn vanilla extract
– 1 tblspn flax seeds
– 3/4 tspn sea salt
Directions:
In a food processor (or blender), chop nuts until fine. Add agave, coconut, vanilla, sea salt, and peanut butter. Blend until smooth. Place in a square pan and let it sit in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Cut into 1 inch squares and serve.
For an extra treat, pour melted dark chocolate over the top before freezing!

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