Coconut oat bliss bar

Vegan-friendly

Serving Size: 16 Bars Cooking Time: 15 mins Total time: 2 hours

Background

When we think of spices there is a natural connotation to hot food. However, there are many forms in which we can use spices and herbs including in desserts! In this recipe we will be using cinnamon to bring out the zest in the bars.

Some cinnamon facts:

  • this spice has ancient origins even within the Egyptian and Roman Empires. During that time it was consider a luxury item due to short supply.
  • it is a bark that comes from a cinnamon tree and there are two popular types: Ceylon and Cassia. Cassia is the most commonly available in supermarkets.
  • it helps improve colon health, aids in controlling blood sugar and boosts iron and magnesium levels in the body.

I know what you’re thinking, your first entry is on desserts and snacking? Yes, because everyone loves to snack and these bars can be quite useful to get you through a tedious day at work or simply after a workout. What I particularly like about this bar is its ability to keep you satiated for a long period of time. Happy snacking!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup shredded coconuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk or coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp butter (unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar

Method:

  1. Coat an 8-inch glass-baking dish with coconut oil.
  2. Add Steel cut oats into a mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan melt butter, chocolate chips & peanut butter over medium heat once melted then add sugar and milk. Bring to a full boil and boil for 2 minutes.
  4. Immediately pour the hot mixture over the oatmeal mixture and quickly stir to combine.
  5. Stir in coconut and cinnamon to the mixture.
  6. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and press until evenly distributed.
  7. Place bars into refrigerator for 2 hours before cutting into squares.

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