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!
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 😉
I bet the kiddos would love ’em too.
Chocolate Coconut Bars (makes 16 squares)
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.
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.