Gweneth’s Candy Bars…

ok, this one I had to post.  Some of the recipes on her site are too complicated for me.  I have recipe ADD. 🙂  But this one looks like a winner –

Candy Bars- (I prefer to call them protein bars!)

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips (60% or higher cacao)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP coconut oil

in a food processor, grind cashews to a fine meal.  Add dates, almond butter, syrup, flour, coconut and almond extract; pulse until a sticky dough forms.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. With a drop of water on hands, press cashew mixture into parchment, forming a 1 inch thick rectangle.  Refrigerate 6-8 hours.  Set a stainless or glass bowl over a pot of simmering water (water not touching bowl).  In bowl, combine chocolate chips and oil.  Stir until just melted.  3-5 minutes; remove from heat.  Pour chocolate mixture over cold cashew mixture; smooth with spatula.  refrigerate until chocolate coating sets, at least 1 hour.  Cut into 18 rectangles.

source: SELF magazine, April 2013

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