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Healthy Coconut and Almond Dark Chocolate Bars

Healthy Coconut and Almond Dark Chocolate Bars



Healthy Coconut and Almond Dark Chocolate Bars

When Christmas is in the air, it makes me want to whip up something sweet and fun in the kitchen. Even better when that something is healthy and gluten-free like these coconut and almond dark chocolate bars.

These beautiful bars are sheer happiness in your mouth: a layer of toasted coconut flakes, coconut oil, almonds, and chia seeds topped with a thin layer of delicate chocolate and sprinkled with more chopped almonds. Yum.

My husband, John, loves coconut, and I love the many health benefits of coconut oil: strengthening the immune system, preventing heart disease, improving digestion, and contributing to healthy skin (to name just a few!). My daughter, Nicole, has used coconut oil with great success for moisturizing dry skin during the winter months. But coconut oil works even better when taken internally. These bars are the perfect way to add a little coconut oil to your diet, and they are super-easy to prepare.

John and I decided to make them tonight while the kids started bringing down all of our Christmas decorations from the attic. I can hardly believe Christmas is only eighteen days away, and I’m looking forward to my family’s annual expedition to find the perfect Christmas tree.

But back to the kitchen and the Coconut Almond Dark Chocolate Bars. I am not kidding when I say these are ridiculously quick and easy to prepare, as long as you are willing to wait for them to set in the freezer.

First, John and I toast a cup of unsweetened coconut flakes in the oven until lightly browned. This takes just five minutes. Next, we blend almond chunks and a little coconut oil in a super blender until the mixture is very smooth. (If you are concerned about nuts manufactured on shared equipment with gluten containing products, Nuts.com prominently labels which products of theirs are certified gluten-free). We toss in the chia seeds and toasted coconut flakes and pulse the mixture several times. When all of the ingredients are mixed beautifully together, we pour into a pan lined with wax paper and sprinkle a little salt on top.

All that is left to do is to place the pan in the freezer for thirty minutes. While this is happening, feel free to rock out to Christmas carols on the radio. Really, these bars would make a delicious treat while decorating the Christmas tree or at your holiday party. Or you might even sneak a few during breakfast, and, hey, no need to feel guilty – they’re actually good for you!

Once the mixture has hardened, I melt chocolate in a small pot and drizzle over the frozen coconut and almonds. Then I sprinkle more chopped almonds on top and put the pan back in the freezer for another five minutes.

And they’re done!

For anyone who loves coconut, these bars are sure to satisfy your coconut craving. They are light and refreshing: not too sweet, not too crunchy. Just right for an afternoon snack or healthy dessert with your steaming mug of hot chocolate. I like to accompany mine with a bowl of fresh berries. Now to admire the Christmas village my kids have set up on the fireplace mantle.

Healthy Coconut and Almond Dark Chocolate Bars

These beautiful bars are sheer happiness in your mouth: a layer of toasted coconut flakes, coconut oil, almonds, and chia seeds topped with a thin layer of delicate chocolate and sprinkled with more chopped almonds. Yum.

Course Dessert, Snack

Cuisine American

Prep Time 15minutes

Total Time 15minutes

Servings 12

Author Barbara Bianchi

Ingredients

1cupflaked coconut

1 1/2cupsalmond slices

3/4cupcoconut oil

1tblsp. chia seeds

sea salt

3.5oz.dark chocolate

*if you are concerned about nuts manufactured on shared equipment with gluten containing productsNuts.com prominently labels which products of theirs are certified gluten-free.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 ºF.

Toast coconut flakes in a pan in the oven until lightly browned, about five minutes.

Line a 9x12 baking dish with wax paper.

Blend almonds and coconut oil in a super blender or food processor until very smooth. Add chia seeds and coconut flakes. Pulse a few times.

Pour into lined pan. Sprinkle with salt.

Place in freezer for 30 minutes.

Melt chocolate in a small pot and drizzle over frozen coconut and almonds. Sprinkle chopped almonds on top and place back in the freezer for another 5 minutes. Cut into squares.

About Barbara Bianchi

Barbara loves to bring fun into the kitchen and healthy food to the table. She also enjoys drinking coffee, eating a little chocolate, reading a good novel, going for walks and spending time with her family and friends.

Really, when we can have food this tasty, why do we need sugar? I watched the Jamie Oliver Sugar Rush program recently and it’s really opened my eyes to not only cutting down on the sugar in my family’s diet but being very open about it, so that when they eventually leave home they don’t fall into bad eating habits. Thus kind of recipe would be sure to please my bunch.

Excellent question. I use coconut oil in this recipe because of all the wonderful health benefits. Coconut oil freezes well (canola oil probably won’t work as a substitute). If you’re a coconut fan, these bars are not only healthy but delicious too. Think frozen almond joy. ??

[…] 43. Coconut and Almond Dark Chocolate Bars These bars have a delicious combination of flavors and are nice and portable for a dessert on the go. You can’t help but fall in love with the rich dark chocolate, and there’s also a noticeable coconut theme running throughout. This comes from two sources of coconut flavor, coconut oil and coconut flakes. Almond slices insure that you’ll get a nice almond flavor in each bite, and the dark chocolate is one thing you’ll want to be picky about and select the best available. […]

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Microwave cooking and nutrition

Are microwaves bad for your health? Almost every American house has a microwave. The convenience they offer is undeniable. However, despite the widespread use of microwave ovens and excellent safety recordings, some people suspect that cooking microwaved food makes it somewhat less healthy by removing foods from eating. Do you cook with microwave? Are microwave foods healthy?

How does microwave cooking work?

Understanding how microwave ovens work can help clarify the answers to these general questions. Microwave ovens cook food similar to radio waves but using shorter energy waves. These waves are highly selective, mainly affecting water and other electrically asymmetrical molecules - one end is positively charged and the other is negatively charged. Microwave ovens cause these molecules to vibrate and rapidly generate thermal (heat) energy.

Are microwaves safe to cook?

Some foods, when they are exposed to heat, from a microwave oven or a normal oven, are broken down. Vitamin C is perhaps the most clear example. However, since microwave cooking times are shorter, cooking with microwave does a better job of preserving vitamin C and other nutrients that are decomposed when heated.

When going to the vegetables, cooking in water takes some of the nutritional values ??because the nutrients flow into the cooking water. For example, boiled broccoli loses glycosinolate, a sulfur-containing compound that can give vegetables the ability to fight against cancer (and many find it distinctive and some find it disgusting). Steaming vegetables - even steaming microwave - is it better? In some ways, yes. For example, steamed broccoli holds more glucosinolate than boiled or fried broccoli.

Are microwaves bad for your health?

The method of cooking, which keeps the nutrients in the best way, is a method that quickly heats, warms food and uses as little liquid as possible. The microwave meets these criteria. Using the microwave with a small amount of water evaporates food from the inside out. It contains more vitamins and minerals than almost all other cooking methods and shows that microwave foods can be really healthy.

But let's not get lost in details. Vegetables are good for you in any way you prepare, and most of us don't eat enough. Is the microwave oven good or bad? Microwave is an engineering wonder, a miracle of convenience - and sometimes advantageous in feeding.

Learn more about safe microwave cooking. See. "Microwave food in plastic: Is it dangerous or not?"


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