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
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
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.