Creamy Coconut Bomb Bars

Calling all coconut lovers, this one is for you!
These are Paleo!
The combination of the nut butter, chocolate and coconut is right down my alley.  This Creamy Coconut Bomb Bar is perfect if you need a little something to hold you over in between meal times or going on a hike and need an energy snack that isn’t loaded with tons of sugar.  I have also seen this bar cure a few cases of the “crabbies” when I offered one.  🙂  So………I guess it qualifies as mood food, good mood food that is  🙂  I really like these decadent desserts that require ZERO baking.  I love to bake, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that when it is summer I try to avoid putting on my oven as much as I can.  These also require refrigeration.  This is a good thing, as the bars sit in the fridge the flavor deepens.  Find a good hiding place in the fridge, everyone knows ma has stashes all over the house right? Before you go make a mad dash to the kitchen, let’s look at this little tidbit on the benefits of the MIGHTY coconut.

Coconut-  Shredded Coconut is about 9o% fat. GASP!
Did you say fat!?!?!? I did.  But isn’t saturated fat that evil ingredient that clogs your arteries?!  What about the fact that I also have coconut oil in this bar? Double gasp right?  🙂  It has been said that coconut oil is a saturated fat that hardens at temperatures below 76 degrees so it must harden in your arteries.  The last time I checked, my body temperature was well above 76 degrees 😉  Don’t think there is any hardening going on there.  Now, for the part about it being a saturated fat.
Fats are  macro nutrients.  They give us energy.  Recent studies have shown that saturated fats have no link to heart disease.  See study.

Saturated fats raise the good cholesterol (HDL), but we are not often told that.  This good cholesterol is linked to lower risk of heart disease!  Studies have also shown that people who REDUCE their intake of saturated fats had no effect on death or death from heart disease! See here for the study.  Imagine that, a low fat diet shows zero benefit when it comes to heart disease.  See this study here. Here’s another while we are at it.  If coconut oil is so bad don’t you think someone should go down to the south pacific and warn all the people there who by the way are way healthier than us westerners.  They are not dying of heart disease in droves and they consume mass amounts of coconut oil and coconut products.  See here and here. Things that make you go hmmmm.

So… now that we know coconut won’t kill you, what will it do?  Coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride. These are associated with many health benefits. For starters, these medium chain triglycerides are known to raise good cholesterol (HDL). That is a good thing.  They also increase energy and your metabolic rate. The fatty acids in coconut oil are anti-viral, anti- microbial, and anti- bacterial.  Medium chain fatty acids help your brain make ketones and have shown to improve memory.  The health benefits are numerous and I will have to dedicate an entire article on  the benefits alone in the near future. So…….stay tuned. 🙂

Well, let’s bust a move and get into the kitchen, this recipe is quick to put together!

Creamy Coconut Bomb bars

Ingredients:

3/4 cup nut butter ( I used almond butter)

1  1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1 Tablespoon raw honey

5 droppers SweetLeaf english toffee drops

2/3 cup chocolate chips ( I use Enjoy Life Brand ) OR for natural sugar free stevia sweetened chocolate chips try these here.

Instructions:

  • Simply just mix all the ingredients together
  • Pour mixed ingredients into a 8×8 pan that is lined with parchment paper
  • Use a spatula or spoon to spread ingredients evenly
  • Put in fridge for at least 3 hours, overnight is best.  The longer it is refrigerated, the more intense the flavor.
  • Cut the bars into whatever size you desire
  • Enjoy!  Remember to save some for the rest of your family:)
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