I’m always excited when I find another way to add coconut oil and GREAT food into my families diet. Riverstone Studios recently attended a Health & Wellness Show where I led a workshop sharing 186+ Uses for Coconut Oil (click to read the entire blog post). It was great to share about the benefits of Coconut Oil but the best part was passing out samples of this fant-abulous raw granola bar! If I were to describe what it tastes like it would sound something like this…
sweet ‘n salty… melt-in-your-mouth… nutty… chocolate…bar
Raw Salted Almond Bars
Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Raw Food, Vegetarian
1 c. Coconut, unsweetened, shredded
½ c. Almonds, raw or soaked and dehydrated, sliced or chopped
¼ c. Cashew nuts, raw, chopped
½ tsp Sea Salt
¼ c. Virgin Coconut Oil (or Extra-Virgin)
1 tsp Vanilla powder
4 tbsp Cacao, raw
1/4 c. Almond butter (optional)
¼ c. Dried fruit of choice (optional – raisins, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, what-ever your fancy)
½ c. Honey, raw, unpasteurized, preferably local
Chop almonds and cashews separately in food processor, I don’t like to chop them too fine, It’s nice to have the nuts a bit coarsely chopped, fine coconut and fruit chunks for variety.
Place chopped nuts in a large mixing bowl and combine them with the remaining ingredients. If you are adding dried fruit, taste it before adding the honey. You may wish to reduce the amount of honey or leave it out all together.
Spread in a baking pan (lined with parchment paper) and refrigerate.
Cool and cut pieces.
For Macaroons: Simply use a melon baller to make 1 inch balls, roll them in raw cacao or shredded coconut, chill and devour!
*note: It is important to keep this bar/macaroon refrigerated until it is served as the raw ingredients (namely the coconut oil) will soften at room temperature and it will fall apart very easily making a crumbly, chocolaty, mess all over your furniture – not that I speak from experience or anything!)
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