To Coconut or Not to Coconut?
Homemade bars and treats have been a part of my life for quite some time now, but I know that some of you are still not very keen to try and make them yourself. So let's coconut, give these beauties a go and surely if you won't like them as much as store bought conventional bars, at least you will have a healthy and satisfying treat for you or your friends.
How to Reduce Sugar Intake
I often get questions about sugar intake and how to reduce it easily. The more sugar your body is used to, the longer it will take to reduce the amount of sugar you consume. Start by switching to healthier sweeteners like unrefined brown sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup or natural honey. Reduce the amount of sweetener in all hot drinks - eventually you won't need any or will only use a drop in your tea or coffee. Switch from milk to dark chocolate. Start making your own treats, that way not only will you be able to control the level of sweetness, you will be sure there are no unnecessary harmful additives. It's a great feeling when you know you did everything to give your body the best you can find and let it flourish.
What's Good in kitchenJulie Bars?
EVERYTHING. Base layer is made from homemade coconut butter (blended coconut flakes), a touch of maple syrup and virgin coconut oil. Peanut Butter layer is made from homemade PB (100% peanuts), a touch of maple syrup and sea salt. Finally, this goodness is dipped in a bath of dark 70% cocoa chocolate that contains no dairy products, so these bars are dairy free. You can experiment by using coconut palm sugar instead of maple syrup or use dark chocolate with chilli powder for that extra kick. Get creative, celebrate life the best way.
Hands on time: 20 minutes | Total time: 1,5 h | makes 8 bars
Ingredients for the coconut layer:
- 1 cup of coconut flakes
- 2 tbsp of maple syrup
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil
for the PB layer:
- 3 tbsp of peanut butter
- 3 teasp of maple syrup
- a generous pinch of sea salt
for the chocolate layer:
- 70g of dark 70% cocoa chocolate
Make the coconut layer:
Blend coconut flakes in a food processor or blender until you get quite a smooth paste. Mix with maple syrup, coconut oil and spread on a baking sheet in a 0,5 cm or similar thickness. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Make the PB layer:
Mix PB with maple syrup and sea salt. Spread on top of the coconut layer and place in the freezer for another 15 minutes.
Dip in Dark Chocolate
Melt the chocolate over a steam bath and dip the bottom of each bar in the chocolate. Place on a baking tin lined with baking paper. Drizzle some chocolate on top. Repeat with each bar and place in the fridge to set. They should be firm in about 1 hour. Keep these bars in an airtight container in the fridge. They should keep for months as they contain no ingredients that expire quickly.