You Need To Try These No-Bake Dessert Bars This Summer!

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Check out what our pal, Beth Lipton, from health.com, had to say about these awesome no-bake chocolate almond and coconut bars:

 

“These days, I still crave chocolate (of course!), coconut, and almonds, but who needs all that sugar? Enter these bars, full of chocolate (in the form of raw cacao), coconut, and almonds; but devoid of refined sugar and other icky additives.

The no-bake recipe may look long, but several of the ingredients are repeated in the different layers, and it’s remarkably quick to put together (not counting some hands-off fridge time). The bars are a perfect make-ahead dessert for a party, or just a delicious item to keep in the fridge for any chocolate “emergencies.” Plus, the recipe is ideal for the hot summer months, since (with the possible exception of a few seconds in the microwave) it doesn’t require any cooking.”

 

Ingredients

Base:

1 cup sliced toasted almonds (about 120g)

¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes (about 15g)

¼ cup raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa (20g)

1/3 cup dried dates (about 4.25 oz.), pitted

2 Tbsp. maple syrup

½ tsp. vanilla extract

¼ tsp. salt

Middle layer:

½ cup coconut butter (about 5 oz.)

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

2 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Generous pinch of salt

Frosting:

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder (about 20g)

3 Tbsp. maple syrup

Pinch of salt

Unsweetened coconut flakes, optional

 

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Quick Tip: To slice, use parchment to lift out of pan. Run a chef’s knife under hot water and wipe dry; use hot knife to cut bars into pieces on a cutting board and serve.

 

Thanks to Beth Lipton of health.com for this great recipe!

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