Chocolate Coconut Larabars

After reading a great article in Eating Well Magazine  on Phthalates being absorbed into our bodies through packaged food, I have tried to limit my consumption of these types of convenience foods.  Phthalates are environmental estrogens and may contribute to risk of breast and other cancers.  For more on Estrogen Exposure and Breast Cancer go here.

One of my favorite packaged foods are Larabars!  I love the taste along with the fact that I can pronounce everything in the ingredient list.  These are my “go-to” post workout snack.  It can start to get expensive buying these bars at over a dollar a pop, so I decided to try to make my own version.

Dates are loaded with fiber.  There is about 6 grams of fiber in 10 dates.  Whole grains and fiber decrease breast cancer risk.  It is theorized that by eating more fiber estrogen levels are lowered due to excess estrogen being flushed out of the body.  Go here for more on fiber, whole grains, and breast cancer research.

Chocolate Coconut Larabar Recipe

Yield 6 bars

Ingredients

1 cup dates

2 Tablespoons shredded coconut, preferably unsulphured coconut

¼ cup walnuts

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

3 Tablespoons 60% cocoa chocolate chips

Directions

Process all ingredients, except chocolate chips, in food processor until smooth.  Form the mixture into a ball and place on a large sheet of plastic wrap or parchment paper.  Cover with another piece of plastic wrap and use a rolling pin to roll the bars out into a rectangle shape and to about ½ inch  thickness.  Place the bars in the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm up for easier cutting.  Cut the  bars lengthwise into 5 or 6 bars and wrap in plastic wrap.

 

 

 

23. April 2012 by admin
Categories: Breakfast, Starters, Vegan, Vegetarian | Tags: , , , , , , , | 8 comments

Comments (8)

  1. Thanks for this (pinned for saving). Quick question if you don’t mind: how do you store them? Fridge, freezer? Also, what is their shelf life?
    -Megan
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    http://www.mondaymorningmusings.me

    • Thanks. I store them in the fridge. They are pretty sticky so I either wrap them in saran wrap or parchment paper and place in a zip top bag. They should be consumed within 5 or 6 days, but I bet they won’t last that long ;-) .

  2. Just wanted to let you know that I am enjoying your posts and healthy eating recipes.

  3. Thank you Jane. It’s great to know that I have readers out there that are enjoying what I do :-) !!

  4. Those bars look great! I can’t wait to try making them. I love dates, and with coconut and chocolate, what’s not to LOVE. :)

  5. I love Larabars and am so grateful to not have to spend the $1.25 for one anymore! Now I can just make them! Thank you!!!

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