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Food & Recipes
Feeling creative during the weekend? Give these no bake chocolate coconut protein bars a try. Cocoa, coconut, almond flour, nuts, and protein powder form the healthful base of these bars, sweetened naturally with applesauce and your choice of stevia, unrefined coconut palm sugar (our personal favorite), or erythritol. These won’t spike your blood sugar, but they’ll sure satisfy your chocolate cravings.  INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (we love Sunfood raw cocoa powder)
  • 1/3 cup alternative granulated sweetener (such as a stevia or erythritol blend, or unrefined coconut palm sugar)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder (we used Manitoba organic vanilla hemp protein)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 3 tablespoons of Dean's bulk organic peanut butter, melted (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS​
  1. Line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper. Measure out all ingredients before proceeding.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt coconut oil over low heat. Stir in cocoa powder and alternative sweetener, stirring constantly until smooth. Continue to cook for 3–5 minutes, taking care not to burn.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat and quickly whisk in ¼ cup applesauce, almond flour, coconut, protein powder, nuts, and coconut flour until thoroughly combined. If mixture looks too crumbly, add a bit more applesauce.
  4. Spoon mixture into prepared pan and smooth with a rubber spatula. Refrigerate until cool and set, about 30 minutes. Drizzle with melted peanut butter in a crisscross design, if desired. Once peanut butter cools, cut into 16 pieces.
PER SERVING: 173 cal, 12g fat (2g mono, 2g poly, 8g sat), 0mg chol, 5g protein, 9g carb, 2g fiber, 12mg sodium   Thanks for Delicious Living for this wonderful recipe!

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