Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Coconut bars

I love the Almond Dark Chocolate Coconut KIND bars. But I prefer to know what's in the food I eat - for the most part - I don't necessarily need to know what's in those french fries I crave (but that's just tatters right!? Ssshhh!) On top of that I want to reduce the trash I am leaving on this earth, the earth I will leave to my children.

These don't taste just like Almond Dark Chocolate Coconut KIND bars but they are pretty darn close - and in my opinion better, because they're KINDer (teeheehee).

Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Coconut bars

To make bars:

1 c. rolled oats, 1/2 c. ground into a coarse oat flour

1/2 c. whole raw almonds, 1/4 c. ground into a coarse meal

1/4 c. honey

1/8 c. maple syrup

1/8 c. coconut oil, melted

1/4 c. almond butter

1/4 c. shredded coconut, plus 1-2 Tbsp for topping

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. of fine sea salt (optional)

To make chocolate:

1/4 c. coconut oil, melted

1/2 c. cocoa powder

3-4 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. of salt (optional)

Place 1/2 c. of the oats and 1/4 c. of the almonds, along with chia and flax seeds into a food processor until it resembles coarse flour. Pour that into a medium-large bowl. Then take the remaining oats and almonds and process until coarsely chopped. Add that plus all the other ingredients, reserving about 1-2 Tbsp of coconut shreds for topping, to the bowl and stir together until it resembles a soft granola bar consistency - or similar to cookie dough. Press this into a parchment lined 8 x 8 square pan.

Combine all the chocolate ingredients and pour a thin(ish) layer of the chocolate over the granola bars. Place in the freezer for about 20 min, until the chocolate is fairly hardened. Lift the bars out of the pan and slice into about 2 in. wide x 4-5 in. long bars. Leave it on the parchment and place chocolate side down. Drizzle with the remaining chocolate, sprinkle with about 1 tsp of shredded coconut and freeze again for another 20(ish) minutes - or until you can't wait anymore and want to eat one, or two(ish). These keep in the refrigerator in an air tight container for about 5 days. If you don't have time to make the chocolate, just add mini chocolate chips. It would be fun to form these into little granola ball bites as well - which you could coat in chocolate or add the mini chocolate chips.


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