So one thing I’ve noticed about these raw/energy/protein balls/bites/bars is that they tend to start tasting a bit “the same” after a while. Same chewy texture. Same sweet taste.
So when I came across these beauties I had a feeling I’d be in for something “different”:
And, in a word: yes.
Though I’m just at the very beginning of this series I’m tempted to say that these just may be my favorites. More like a cookie than most bars of this type – and with a truly unique and delicious flavor – Chelsea and I both agree that they are highly addictive.
Thank goodness they take about 10 minutes to pull together.
I’d love you to give these a try – and if you have a raw, vegan ball/bite/bar that you love – or would love me to make here – please share!
adapted from Thrive Market
2 cups (packed) unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup unsalted cashews
12 pitted dates
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon vanilla powder OR vanilla extract (see Note, below)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon flaky salt (such as Maldon)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut butter or other non-dairy spread
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1-2 cups coconut chips (see Note, below)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with a parchment “sling” in both directions.
Toast shredded coconut and cashews on a baking sheet till golden brown (stirring occasionally) – about 10 minutes. Let cool.
Place the toasted coconut, cashews, dates, spices and salt in a food processor and pulse till crumb-sized. Add the coconut butter and coconut oil and pulse till mixture clumps.
Press mixture evenly in your prepared pan. Press coconut chips atop the mixture. Freeze for 30 minutes (or overnight) and cut into 10 bars. Keep in fridge (or freeze for longer storage).
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I’ve come across vanilla powder now and again but have never felt the need to go out and purchase. I had a gift card for Whole Foods so decided to make the splurge. It’s a nice option if you don’t want to add extra liquid to your recipe, or – in the case of royal icing, for example – you don’t want to darken the color.
I also found coconut chips in the bulk section of Whole Foods, which is great as you can purchase exactly what you need (or more, so you can make these yummy macaroons!).
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