Thursday 11 June 2015

Coconut, Almond and Nut Butter Bars (No Bake, Paleo)

It's almost the end of term two and my immune system has not been very kind. I've been sick in bed with a burning sore throat and no voice for three days, it's no fun! As a teacher your voice is your most important professional tool, without it, the job becomes very difficult. Whilst being held up in bed, I've had some time to edit some photos of a gorgeous little slice from a few weeks ago. Now it wouldn't be a Master Chefette post if I didn't write a bit of an anecdote that has little or no relation to the recipe in question, so here goes. 

Last week I was at an author event at a local bookshop. Books are my absolute weakness as a shopper (in addition to shoes and bags and everything really) and I knew this event would be dangerous given that is was in a bookstore. I am an absolute sucker for picture story books that I can use in the classroom and professional literature. The author I went to go see was renowned and celebrated Australian author; Glenda Millard. If you have children, are a teacher, actually if you just love beautiful literature, she's freaking amazing and also one of the loveliest people, so go check out her gorgeous books.

After being on a 'book high' and armed with all of my fabulous Glenda Millard books, I had to take one last look around the store, enter my other weakness; cookbooks. I have mountains of cookbooks, which is quite funny given most of my favourite recipes come from the blogosphere. None the less, I spent some time perusing the cookbooks especially the Paleo section. Now I am not here to spark debate regarding the Paleo Pete Evans lifestyle, but when I was a Paleoist (is that even a word?) Paleo eater, I felt good and I really loved some of the Paleo recipes on offer. Enter this little piece of healthy heaven. After doing lots of flicking and thinking, I decided I wanted to come up with a snack type bar, for morning tea to replace the muesli bar which was full of goodness. So here's my paleo slice, bar which is a definite crowd pleaser, it's full of all those buzz words, organic, paleo, wheat-free, gluten-free and sugar-free but loaded with de-lish!

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Paleo Coconut, Almond and Nut Butter Bars (No Bake)
A healthy, quick and easy lunch box treat for adults and kids!
  • 300g Almond Meal
  • 90g Shredded or Dessicated Coconut
  • 130g Nut Butter (I used organic peanut, but you could use cashew, hazelnut etc)
  • 4-5 tablespoons (I went with 5, I'm a sweet tooth) Maple Syrup
  • 100g Coconut Oil (Melted)
  • 1 Vanilla Bean (scraped)
  • 1 tbls Coconut Flour
  • 150g Dark Chocolate (for topping, optional)
  • For decoration Cashews and Goji Berries
1. Place all ingredients (except for chocolate) into food processor and whiz until well combined.2. Line a slice tray with baking paper.3. Pour mixture into tin and press down firmly with a spatula.4. Set aside and melt chocolate. The kind of chocolate you use depends on how much sugar you like the higher the cocoa % the less sugar. I used a lovely Lindt 75% . Spread melted chocolate on top. 5. I pressed in some goji berries and cashews for good measure. Refrigerate and cut once set.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12-18 bars

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