Toasted Coconut - Hemp Bars
Once you go they way of Jedi health it seems that the good side of the force is firmly in the side on coconut. It's such a versatile ingredient. Adding some heart healthy hemp seeds to this snacking recipe makes quality of life that much more awesome.
These coconut bars are gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, vegan and aside from toasting the coconut, no-baking is required. They taste quite sweet but the sugar content is fairly low per portion with only 1/3 cup of natural sweetener in the entire recipe. They’re sweetened with raw honey and only contain a handful of other wholesome ingredients.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 minutes
1 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
1 cup cashew butter
1 cup hemp seeds
1/3 cup raw honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped dates
chopped dark chocolate (optional)
Pre-heat the oven to 325°F.
Spread the coconut on a baking pan and bake for approximately 5-10 minutes or until thoroughly browned and toasted.
While the coconut is toasting, mix the other ingredients together in a bowl.
Add the toasted coconut. Mix well.
Press the mixture into a wax paper or saran-lined 8×8 baking dish and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. Make sure you spend some time really pressing it down into the pan.
Once it’s set, lift from pan and cut into 16 squares.
Store in a container in the fridge.