Coconut Bars

With three ingredients you can have three totally different coconut treats!

Tiffany Rudd shows us how to get into the coconut craze with this versatile recipe.

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Basic Coconut Mix
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon salt

Mix together melted coconut oil and maple syrup. Combine coconut, salt and coconut oil mixture in a stand mixer or food processor and mix well.

Coconut-Lime Crack Bars
Basic Coconut Mix
4-5 drops lime essential oil

Add essential oil to the basic coconut mix. Dump into any small container and pat down. Refrigerate for an hour (or, if you are impatient like me…freeze for 15 minutes) before cutting into bars. Store tightly covered in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Coconut Stuffed Strawberries
Basic Coconut Mix
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
16 fresh strawberries
dark chocolate (optional)

Add vanilla to the basic coconut mix. Cut each strawberry in a circle around the top and at an angle down and toward the center, so that you remove the stem and a small amount of the middle. Fill each strawberry with 1 tablespoon of coconut filling. You can also drizzle or dip each strawberry in dark chocolate. Keep any leftovers refrigerated.

Almond Joy Bites
Basic Coconut Mix
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
12 almonds
2.5 ounces dark chocolate – 70% cocoa or more, melted

Add vanilla to the basic coconut mix. Put in freezer for 10-15 minutes, or just until the mix is more firm. Scoop the mixture with a tablespoon and then drop onto a plate lined with parchment paper. Use your fingers to pat the mixture into your desired shape. Add an almond to the top of each and then freeze for another 15-20 minutes. Once the bites are frozen, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave. I just chop mine into small pieces and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until completely melted. Dip each coconut bite into the chocolate and then set them back onto the parchment lined plate. Put in the fridge to harden and then enjoy! Keep leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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