Chocolate Coconut Energy Bars:

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After the success of my carrot cake energy bars, including being featured on Minimal Ingredient Monday over at Sift Stir and Savor, I decided to try my hand at another flavor for my energy bars.

There were some changes I wanted to make.  I resisted adding coconut the last time in deference to those people who might be sensitive to coconut.  I also wanted it to be less mushy and more filling.  So I added toasted oats and coconut.  This bar is coconut chocolate goodness and the perfect thing to give me a little boost of energy during the day.

Makes 26 Bars

Ingredients

1/2 cup raw cashews
1 cup prunes
1 1/2 cup raisins
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup toasted gluten free rolled oats
1/4 toasted coconut flakes
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

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  1. Place nuts in food processor, process and set aside. 
  2. Place prunes and raisins in food processor, process until a paste is formed.
  3. Add coconut flakes and cocoa powder
  4. Process until well mixed and a doughy ball is formed.
  5. Place the dough in a large bowl and fold in toasted oats and toasted coconut.
  6. Line a tray with parchment or wax paper.
  7. Place mixture in the parchment lined tray and use a spoon to spread it into one smooth layer.
  8. Place mixture in the parchment lined tray and use a spoon to spread it into one smooth layer.  
  9. Place in the refrigerator to set for at least one hour.
  10. Remove from fridge, use a sharp knife to cut into bars.
  11. Individually wrap the bars in foil or wax paper.
  12. Place in the fridge or freezer.
  13. Unwrap and enjoy!

I did a nutritional comparison with the carrot cake bars and this one is just what i needed.  More fiber, more fat, more carbs and more filling. 

Chocolate Coconut Energy Bars

Chocolate Coconut Energy Bars

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Carrot Cake Energy Bars

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