Thursday, November 11, 2010

Chewy Coconut Lime Bars

Bars are a staple in my house!  They're so nice to grab when you're in a rush, or if you just need a little snack throughout the day!  This is one bar you're going to LOVE having around...great texture, hearty and filling, nice balance of sweet and tart, and very healthy for you!  Can't go wrong with this recipe!

1 1/2 T. chia seeds (this is an incredible superfood, that also will help to bind your bars'll definitely need to venture to the health food store for this one!)
3 T. fresh squeezed lime juice

-Mix the seeds with the lime juice and let set for 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

-Preheat oven to 300

-These dry ingredients get mixed together in a bowl:

1 c. oat flour (if you don't have this, you can actually just grind oats in a coffee grinder or food processor!)
1/2 t. baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 c. raw, shredded coconut

-In a food processor combine these wet ingredients:

2 T. melted coconut oil
2 T. applesauce
1/4 c. agave
1/2 c. (packed) dates, pitted

-Process until the dates are no longer chunky

-Once the chia seeds are done soaking, mix them together with the rest of the wet ingredients

-Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well with a spoon

-Sprinkle the top with some more coconut and gently press to make sure they stick!

-Press into a greased 8x8 pan

-Bake for 25-28 minutes or until the edges begin to brown

-Note:  these bars are not supposed to be super sweet, so don't expect them to taste like a dessert bar!  If you WANT them sweeter, try putting an extra 1/2 c. of dates, and an extra 1/8 c. of agave! I got about 10 bars out of this just might want to double it!

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