Chocolate Coconut Bars

ChocCocoBars

Today is a day for celebrating life and being fiercely badass. Today is a day to appreciate health and wellbeing. Today is a day to enjoy being CANCER FREE for 12 years! So why not kick back with a fun treat?! Heck yea!

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There is was this super cool Health Food store in Waterloo, Ontario Canada that I used to like going to. They made these incredibly delicious bars that had a puffed rice bottom and chocolate middle with coconut on top. I loved those freakin’ bars. I had been meaning to recreate them for quite some time. I just recently learned the store closed. Nooooooooo!! So I made my own. They aren’t quite the same, but they are really good and a fun snack. Totally helps that mid-afternoon slump at work 😉

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I bet the kiddos would love ’em too.

Chocolate Coconut Bars (makes 16 squares)

Bottom Layer
1. 5 cups of puffed rice (I used plain, sometimes it’s hard to track down)
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp of brown rice syrup
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp of almond butter
Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Melt the almond butter and brown rice syrup on low heat in a pan on the stove. Once it has melted and has a very smooth texture, remove from heat, add the puffed rice and quickly stir it all together. Use those muscles, it starts to set fast! Once it is well combined, pour it into the prepared baking dish and firmly press it down so it is even. Allow to cool while you make the chocolate layer.

Chocolate Layer
1 cup + 2 tbsp of chocolate chips
2 heaping tbsp of coconut butter
1/4 cup of large flake, plain unsweetened coconut
Melt the chocolate chips and coconut butter in a small pan on low heat on your stove. Stir until melted and the texture becomes very smooth. Pour this mixture on top of the puffed rice layer. Sprinkle the coconut flakes on top and gently press in. Freeze the baking dish for 20 minutes, then remove from the freezer and cut into bars or squares. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

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12 thoughts on “Chocolate Coconut Bars

  1. These sound tasty! I am going to see if my local Asian Food Market might have brown rice syrup. Maybe get it for cheaper than at normal stores. I’ve been using it for granola bars, so I am starting to have it around all the time. Gives me an excuse to try this out.

    1. It is expensive unfortunately, I tend to try and find it on sale. I wish a different sweetener would work in this recipe, but the consistency just works best with rice syrup.

  2. Happy, happy cancer-free anniversary, Kimmy!!!!!! It sure is a horrible thing to go through, but you emerged stronger, I am SURE of it. You inspired me so much through my cancer diagnosis and so the silver lining must be that we became connected. Anyway, you continue to inspire me with your strength, kindness, resilience, and grace. I could go on and on!!! You’re the best, sending you much love for many, many more cancer-free anniversaries. XOXOXOXOXO.

    1. Thank you my dear friend and fellow cancer survivor! I am definitely stronger and I can’t help but see the silver lining and all the good things that came of it, so that’s definitely a good place to be.
      And it’s one of the reasons we met! You are so sweet, I love you to pieces and so glad we became such good friends <3
      Thank you for being an inspiration on my journey.

  3. That is definitely cause to celebrate – I don’t know if congratulations is quite the right term, but it captures what I want to convey, so congratulations Kimmy :) Here is to many more cancer free years (and many more delicious chocolate bars!). These sound like my kind of treat and I love that they are no bake :)

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