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Seedy Chocolate Coconut Butter Bars (Paleo, Vegan)

Seedy Chocolate Coconut Butter Bars (Paleo, Vegan)

(Originally published on 9 Feb 2016 at

Corn-Free snacks and energy bars seem to be one of the biggest challenges for our community. Here is a basic recipe that can be tailored to meet your safe food needs. It is a deliciously versatile recipe where "add-ins" can be chosen according to your dietary needs / restrictions and as long as they total approximately 1 .5 cups, this recipe holds together. My favorite options include: chia seeds, hemp seeds, roasted sunflower seeds, ground golden flax seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut and some raisins for a little whole food sweetness. Other add-ins can be: pumpkin seeds, nuts, cacao nibs & dried fruit which is chopped. Let your imagination run wild with these bars or keep them simple.

The bars do get melty / soft when not refrigerated or frozen for too long, so it is best to keep them in a cold place.

Add Ins 1 .5 cups total:
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup raisins*
   Other add ins or substitutuons:
     Pumpkin, Hemp, Flax seeds
     Dried fruit
     Gluten free oats
     Gluten free cereal puffs
     Spices (cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, chai spice blend)

1/3 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4-1/2 tsp. vanilla bean powder  (optional)

7 ozs. Creamed Coconut or 1 cup coconut butter
1/4-1/3 cup honey or maple syrup

In a bowl, blend seeds & other add ins including cacao, sea salt, etc. In a small saucepan, melt coconut butter & sweetener on medium-low heat. Remove from heat. Pour mixture over add ins. Blend completely. Place on parchment lined pan. Flatten to desired thickness. Place in freezer to set. Cut or score into desired portions. Enjoy!

         Flavor combinations to try:
•"Autumn Pumpkin": pumpkin & chia seeds or almonds with cranberries & pumpkin pie spices

•"Spicy Pumpkin": pumpkin & chia seeds with crystallized ginger

•SunFun Butter ™& Jelly: sunflower seeds & dried fruit of choice

•"Oatmeal Raisin": oats, chia seeds, raisins & cinnammon

•"Pecan Pie": pecan pieces with chopped dates

•Almond Cheer™: slivered almonds & coconut

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Seedy Chocolate Coconut Butter Bars (Paleo, Vegan)

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