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We made it… it’s FRIDAY… we need chocolate!
Cause man, it was a cold, wintry week. But it was also a good, productive and OK, slightly tiring week, that really NEEDS to end in chocolate, you know? Plus, I am gearing up for five days on Asher duty so you know I will need some sweetness in my life to keep me going, because wine doesn’t do it for me, so I make chocolate. All the chocolate (and coconut!!) please!
Oh, but umm, if wine does do it for you, I would imagine that these bars + a glass of vino (thinking red would pair best with the chocolate?) would be the ultimate laid back Friday night, no??
My Friday night however is going to consist of grapefruit body scrubs, mac and cheese making, photo editing, Harry Potter watching, chocolate eating (in the form of these bars…and maybe a super sweet and chocolatey cookbook recipe I am testing out) and snuggling with the cutest person ever… Asher (aka the little sister). Maybe not the typical Friday night for a twenty-two year old, but I’ll take it! Also, I think I have said this before, but man I need to get out in the real world. Maybe I should take up my cousin, my brothers and pretty much everyone else I encounter, suggestions and head out to the bars with them one of these nights.
UGH. I dunno, that’s really not my scene.
Guys, am I missing out?
I think I’d rather chill out at home and make cookies. –>Geez, I am the ultimate homebody!
ANYWAY, my point in all my rambling is that my Friday night is set, and I am pumped for two very important reasons. First, little Asher, we may be a good fifteen years apart, but we can have the best time just hanging together (and FYI all of my mom’s baby daddies are the same daddy! I get the question “is she/he your half sibling” A LOT. I am very happy, and lucky, to say that my parents are just crazy (and crazy for each other) and started having kids early and just never stopped. They truly ARE crazy, but I love um). And I can’t lie, Asher acts like she’s fifteen sometimes, she gets it all. She is too smart for her age (both in intellect and street smarts)
Second? These here chocolate coconut almond bars, I LOVE these bars! They are dangerous for me to have around, but then not really, because they’re “healthy”, which I think makes them even more dangerous cause then I somehow think I can eat the whole pan in one day.
On another note, sorry for the major run on sentence up there. Really, I should not be allowed to write anything. My grammar knowledge is horrid.
OKAY, so back to the chocolate though. These bars are my dream, full of all healthy ingredients, a thick layer of coconut and an even thicker layer of chocolate.
Yes, yes and YES.
The base of the bars is made up of raw almonds and dates and kind of a lot of vanilla extract. They are DELICIOUS. I mean, you could just cover the base in chocolate and snack on them… so good. But you know me, I had to go a step further and add my coconut layer. Me and my coconut… so much love happening there. The coconut layer is raw coconut, plus a little coconut milk, a little honey (if vegan, use agave nectar or maple) and a pinch of flaky sea salt (my obsession). Simple, delicious and just… give me a spoon and I’ll be happy.
Then just cover it all in chocolate… a THICK layer of dark chocolate with a swirl of almond butter. I don’t do think layers of chocolate, I just don’t.
Oh, and another reason why these bars are dangerous?? They are SO easy to make. Everything gets made in the bowl of a food processor or high-powered blender. Then just layer, pour on the chocolate, swirl in some almond butter and add some cacao nibs and or hemp seeds plus a little flaky sea salt on top. Chill, eat and eat… and then probably eat again. Trust me, you’ll try to stop, but it’s really not all that easy.
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Go THICK on that chocolate layer guys…I mean, it’s FRIDAY! 🙂
We loved these bars, but the coconut layer just didn’t hold together. It wasn’t sticky when I mixed it and refrigeration didn’t help the matter. We eat them with a spoon and they are delicious. I’d like to make them again if I could I figure out what I did wrong…? Could it be that some coconut is dryer than others?
So sorry you are having issues with coconut layer, did use unsweetened coconut flakes? Was there anything you may have adjusted in the recipe? Please let me know how I can help! Happy New Year! xTieghan
Idea, before you put the bars back into the frig to cool the chocolate, take a knife and draw “cutting lines” in the chocolate. This will allow you to cut the cold bars without cracking or separation of the layers.
Such a great idea! Thank you so much Suzan!
Yumm These sound great! Do you think I could use coconut cream instead of milk?
Thanks Lauren! Yes, coconut cream will be great! 🙂
I loved the flavor of these but they were super crumbly. I tried cutting at room temperature and straight from the fridge. Nope. crumbles. But super tasty. I served them to a room full of football loving guys and no one knew how healthy there were! Thanks for the tasty recipe.
Tieghan — these are seriously so good! I’m a sweet lover but my husband is not. He devoured these and said they taste like an almond joy! That’s a win in my book. Thanks for the wonderfully easy recipe.
SO happy you loved them! Thank you!
These are just FANTASTIC! Even my almost 2 year old loves them, although he is a pretty adventurous eater for such a young buck. I have sent my husband, family and friends to your site and have not been disappointed thus far. Honestly, yours is the first email I open every day. Thank you.
I’d have no problem at all with your suggestion for a glass of wine with one of these bars. 😉
hehe! Thanks so much, Brenda! Hope you are having a great week!