Chocolate Chip Coconut Bars (Grain-free, Nut-Free, Delicious!)

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I recently discovered this recipe from Living Healthy With Chocolate and decided to give them a whirl. Why not, right?! I had all the ingredients in my pantry, so I proceeded with excitement. The recipe that I have posted here contains a few modifications, just because I wanted to add a little of my own creative ideas, but I can guarantee you that the original recipe is absolutely delicious too!! πŸ™‚ Make sure to check out the rest of the Living Healthy With Chocolate blog while you are at it; there are so many delightful treats featured. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 cup+2 tablespoons unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 cup coconut butter, (measured when melted)
5 tablespoons coconut oil or grass-fed butter, melted (measured when melted) Unsalted Kerrygold is a great option for a grass-fed butter in this recipe.
pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup (Grade B preferred)
1/2 cup Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips

Directions:
Grease an 8×8 glass pan and line it with parchment paper. (I have found that greasing the pan first is an easier way to get the parchment paper to lay more flat.) Set the pan aside.

In a small saucepan, melt the coconut butter on the lowest setting. When melting coconut butter, stir frequently to avoid burning. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the coconut, coconut oil (or grass-fed butter), salt, vanilla, and maple syrup. Stir gently with a spatula. Pour in the melted coconut butter, and combine. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. Some will melt a little; that is okay! πŸ™‚ Your batter will look runny. Do not worry! It will solidify when you place it in the freezer or fridge.

Place the bars in the fridge until solidified and cooled. This will take approximately 20 minutes. You can always place them in the freezer if you are impatient like me, but remember that they will get rock hard pretty quickly! πŸ™‚

*Store the bars in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy often and without an ounce of guilt!

Optional add-ins: In addition to the ingredients listed, you can also add 2 tablespoons of a nut butter of your choice. Another great option is to add a scoop of the Dynamic Greens Espresso powder for an extra boost of nutrients! πŸ™‚ I actually did a batch where I added both the nut butter and the Dynamic Greens along with the rest of the recipe. Not only were they delightful, but they were kid-approved as well!!

*Note: These do not have the best taste when they have been sitting at room temperature for a while. They taste best chilled. πŸ™‚ (I did have to let mine sit out for a bit before giving a sample to my 3 year old son so as to make for easier chewing for a wee-little one. :))

Original recipe found here.

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Apple Pie (Grain-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Egg-free, Nut-free, Paleo)

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I am excited about this one, especially with Thanksgiving so quickly approaching! For many people with various food allergies, sometimes the holidays can be quite challenging, especially when having to avoid so many of the treats they used to enjoy. Wait no longer. πŸ™‚ Here is one that is sure to please your guests! It is free of the common allergens, but it certainly is not “taste-free”.

This recipe is a combination of my own creative twists and the help of Breanna from He Won’t Know It’s Paleo. I used her recipe for the crust of this pie. You can find this recipe here:

Apple Pie Crust

For the filling, I followed most of Breanna’s instructions, but I changed a few things. For the sake of making things clear, I will post the instructions right here:

Filling:
5-6 medium apples-peeled, cored, and thinly sliced ( I used a combination of Granny Smith and Gala.)
3 tablespoons of sucanat
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 tablespoon maple syrup (grade B preferred)
pinch of salt
*Place the apple slices in a medium-sized mixing bowl. In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sucanat. Add to the apples and stir. Finally, add the maple syrup and salt, and stir until combined. Pour into the unbaked pie shell (which you have already placed into a pie dish :)).

Finally the topping… πŸ™‚
ΒΌ cup palm shortening
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 tablespoons tapioca starch
2 tablespoons coconut flour
Β½ cup sucanat
1 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
*Mix all of the ingredients with hands. The mixture will be slightly crumbly but still stick to your hands somewhat. Place the topping over the pie.

*Make sure the oven is preheated to 350. Once preheated, cover the pie loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake an extra 10 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown. Keep an eye on the crust. If it seems like it is getting too brown, cover just the crust edges with foil while leaving the center of the pie exposed. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Serve with whipped coconut cream (or regular whipped cream if dairy is tolerated. :))

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