Reese’s! Done the adult way!

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!

Ingredients

  • 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.

Directions

  1. Place almonds (and oats if using), flax meal, dates, coconut, almond/peanut butter & salt in a food processor. Pulse briefly to combine all ingredients.
  2. In a small sauce pan, or in the microwave melt the coconut oil.
  3. Remove oil from heat and add in the sweetener and vanilla.
  4. 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).
  5. Chill in the fridge for an hour until the bars harden.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, melt chocolate over very low heat, stirring continuously. Spread melt chocolate over bars.
  7. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes until the chocolate hardens.
  8. Remove from the fridge, cut into bars and serve.

Yields approximately 12-15 bars. Store in the fridge or freezer and enjoy!

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