A recipe I stumbled upon and adapted from Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship prior to my paleo days, but one that I can still enjoy today! Despite what my crappy photo suggests, these are so, so good.. especially when made with peanut butter. E says they taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, only better! BADDA BOOM!
- 2 cups of Almonds (or 1 cup almonds + 1 cup whole oats, for those wishing to reduce the calories.)
- 1/4 cup flax seeds, chia seeds -OR- pumpkin seeds, ground
- 1/2 pitted dates (I used honey dates)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1/2 cup natural almond butter (or Peanut Butter for the aforementioned Reese’s taste!)
- 1/2 t. sea salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (you should be able to sub butter 1 for 1, however I cannot confirm the end result)
- 1 T. maple syrup -OR- honey
- 3 t. vanilla extract
- Dark Chocolate for top layer coating (optional); I used about 1/4 bag of dark chocolate chips melted in a sauce pan.
- Place almonds (and oats if using), flax meal, dates, coconut, almond/peanut butter & salt in a food processor. Pulse briefly to combine all ingredients.
- In a small sauce pan, or in the microwave melt the coconut oil.
- Remove oil from heat and add in the sweetener and vanilla.
- Add coconut oil mixture to food processor and pulse ingredients until they form a paste. Press mixture into an 8×8 baking dish (or place into muffin cups).
- Chill in the fridge for an hour until the bars harden.
- Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, melt chocolate over very low heat, stirring continuously. Spread melt chocolate over bars.
- Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes until the chocolate hardens.
- Remove from the fridge, cut into bars and serve.
Yields approximately 12-15 bars. Store in the fridge or freezer and enjoy!