Easy ‘No Bake’ Chocolate Coconut bars (Healthy Chocolate bars using coconut oil)


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Valentine’s day is long gone… however, that doesn’t mean that your chocolate cravings are gone too right? Chocolate can be truly your best friend – you rely on it when you are blue…. you like to indulge in it when you are happy ….and when you are bored, chocolate always comes to your rescue! In recent months I have been trying to cut down my intake of chocolate (and the associated sugar) by cutting down on the quantity – I would have half of a Lindt truffle instead of a whole one or add nuts and dry fruits and make my choco-coco balls to make me feel less guilty.!  Recently however having begun to incorporate coconut oil in my baking (in addition to my cooking), making a chocolate bar using coconut oil had been on my mind for a while now.

sugar free chocolate barThis past weekend on a lazy afternoon when we were once again ‘snow trapped’ in the house and I started to get my usual ‘chocolate pangs’, I finally had the opportunity and decided to experiment using coconut oil. I just went about throwing things together and ‘voilà’ pretty soon I had this incredible chocolate bar with just 4 basic ingredients – cocoa powder, coconut oil, agave nectar and vanilla and then additional toppings of coconut and dried fruits and nuts! What a beauty!  I can now actually indulge in my cravings guilt-free.!!! No sugar, no butter, no chemicals, no added additives whatsoever! And you want to know the best part – no baking or cooking needed! Just mix everything together by hand! No kidding! Pure Bliss! Actually that’s what I should name them – ‘Pure Bliss, Feel Good’ Chocolate to drown away all your sorrows and worries 🙂

I am bringing these guilt free chocolate bars for all my blogger friends at Fiesta Friday too. Since gals lust love chocolate! 🙂

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Easy 'No Bake' Chocolate Coconut bars (Healthy Chocolate bars using coconut oil)

  • Servings: Makes about 16, 1 inch thick square bars
  • Time: About 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder (Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa)
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts crushed or coarsely ground
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup dark raisins
Extra walnuts and coconut for topping

Method:

Take a medium size glass mixing bowl and add the coconut oil in it.  Melt the oil by heating in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. (If your room temperature is above 76 deg F then the coconut oil will already be liquid in which case you don’t have to heat it)

To the melted coconut oil, add all the rest of the ingredients and mix using a spoon or a whisk until all blended.

Take a brownie pan or a small tray and line with wax paper such that you leave an overhang on two sides. Dump the cocoa mixture onto the pan and using a small dipping bowl greased on the bottom pat the mixture slowly until you get a uniform thickness square (If you make it too thin, you will get chocolate bark)

Spread the additional walnuts and coconut on top and place the pan in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.

Take the pan out of the refrigerator and using the edges of the wax paper lift the bar of the pan and place on a cutting board. carefully peel the wax paper off and using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter cut the large bar into small squares.

Notes:

Step-wise pictures

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