This Quick & Healthy Snack Will Be Your New Go-To

Photo: Courtesy of Paul Delmont/Thrive Market.
These bars pack a powerful coconut punch. The healthy oils protect your heart and boost your metabolism, but it's the rich, sweet flavor (think cookie dough) that will seriously win you over.

You can whip them up in just a few minutes' time and keep them in the fridge to satisfy a sweet craving, or for a post-workout treat. Plus, when you buy the ingredients for these wonder bars on Thrive Market, you’ll be getting healthy ingredients and healthy savings.

Toasted Coconut Bars
Makes 10 bars

Ingredients
2 cups, packed, unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw cashew nuts
1 cup, packed, medjool dates, pitted (around 12 dates)
1/2 tsp cardamom
3/4 tsp vanilla powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
1/4 tsp Maldon salt
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut butter or coconut manna
1 tbsp coconut oil
Coconut chips, for garnish

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and fully line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

2. On a baking sheet, toast the coconut and cashews in oven for 5 minutes, or until golden and fragrant. Let cool.*

3. Place the toasted coconut, cashews, dates, spices, and salt in the bowl of food processor and pulse until crumb-sized. Add the coconut butter and 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil and process until the mixture begins to clump. If too dry, add the additional 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil.

4. Press the mixture into the pan, compress, and flatten evenly. Press the coconut chips onto the batter. Place in freezer for 15 to 20 minutes and then slice into 10 bars, each 4 x 1 1/4-inch. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

*Hint: Spraying the tin with a little cooking spray helps the paper adhere to the pan.

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