Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chocolate and Coconut Bars

"When did you make these bars of happiness"

(this is the text I received from an anonymous thirteen year old boy after I left a few of these at his house)

The little bars are perfect for the summer heat

(I don't know where you're at but the weather here has been HOT!)

this SHOULD be a white solid

(coconut oil)

Anyways, these bars are, once again, compliments of Jessica
and being that they are "no bakes" they require no extra time in the kitchen!

Go, go make them!

Chocolate and Coconut Bars
(makes 16 squares in a 9x9 pan)

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups shredded, sweetened coconut
1/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
pinch of salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup coconut oil (measured solid)
1/4 cup honey

Spray a 9×9 pan with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, brown sugar and salt. Heat a small saucepan over low heat and add butter and coconut oil, stirring until melted. Add the butter and oil to the oat mixture, then add the honey and stir very thoroughly until the entire mix is moistened. Press it into the pan and stick in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Chocolate Layer
8 ounces good-quality chocolate, chocolate
2 tablespoons coconut oil (measured solid)

Using the same saucepan that you melted the butter and oil in, add the chocolate and oil and stir over low heat until melted. Remove the pan from the fridge and pour the chocolate evenly over top, spreading with a spatula or spoon. Place back in the fridge for about 30 minutes. When ready to eat, either cut the squares in the pan, or gently lift the square out and place on a cutting board to cut. 

(According to Jessica, let the bars come to room temp before cutting, as they will slightly crumble a bit if super cold!)


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