Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Coconut Nut bars with PB&J Topping • Vegan, Gluten Free & No Bake Recipe

This is the perfect recipe for nut lovers. 
If you are looking for a treat that is fairly on the healthier side, then you have come to the right place. Admittedly, this isn't for the sweet tooth, but nevertheless still something fabulous to munch on!

I realise that my website is a diary of the various outfits that I wear to different venues and places. However, as an 18 year old, a sudden urge to explore new things arises, 
to have an ability to do various tasks and expand your talents as a person, 
to gain a sense a maturity and independence. 
For me, cooking has become a new found hobby.

For the Bars
1/4 Cup Agave
1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Essence or Extract
1 Cup Coconut
1 Cup Walnuts
1 - 1/2 Cup Cashew Nuts ( depending on how nutty you want it to be. (personally I added more))
For the Topping
Cup Peanut Butter
Cup Strawberry Jam/ Jelly (depending on where you are on this planet)
Place all the the ingredients for the bar in to a food processor 
and allow it to pulse until it looks like this:
A common question is 'What's the difference between a food processor and a blender?'. 
From my understanding a blender is perfect for liquids and
 solids that can easily turn in to a liquid like consistency.
 A food processor is preferable for solids and making various types of doughs. 
The texture should be quite sticky and the nuts severely crushed up.
Place the mixture into a small pan and press it down flat using a spatula.
Leave in the freezer  for 3 hours. 
I know that when cooking a recipe all patients is lost in the final stages,
 because when it looks ready, you just want to eat it. 
However, with this treat, patients is your best friend. I personally feel from experience, 
that the colder and harder the bars are, the better they taste. 
Just think of it like a cookie, when you take it out of the oven and attempt to munch them down, 
they fall apart. But if you wait and allow them to cool, you've got yourself a perfect cookie.
Once you take the pan out, cut it into squares.
Then, spread or as I like to call it... go wild with the peanut butter and jam (or as some would say jelly). If you're anything like my mum, then the topping might not be your cup of tea. 
Then you could absolutely have them like that. Nutella is also another cheeky option, 
if you really do want to sweeten it.

I prefer to try one then and  put the rest back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes,
 with the topping on the bars. 
And then after all the waiting, sit back and eat them all up.. or share them. 

To store them, the best option would be to put them back into the freezer until you return to nutty haven again.

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