Sunday, March 31, 2013

Paleo: Magic Bars

Anyone who knows me knows I love coconut. Coconut drinks, coconut snacks, coconut cookies, coconut cupcakes... the list goes on. While I love Eagle Brand's 7-Layer Bars, it is definitely not Paleo friendly.

I've been following Juli's blog, and have successfully made some of her recipes. The base layer is actually made from pureed dates with some cocoa powder (chocolate layer), and the "magic layer" is made from coconut manna (which can be found on Amazon) but I was able to pick up at my local Vitamin Shoppe store for $7. I purchased a large 3# tub of medjool dates at Costco, but you can find them at your local grocery store too.
Although Juli made tweaks to follow her Paleo diet, I felt as though it didn't compromise on taste, texture, or flavor. The bars are rich, so you only need a small square, and these were made in an 8x8 glass Pyrex dish. Easy and a great alternative to the original.


Ingredients:
For the brownie layer
  • 15 dried medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
For the magic layer
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons CoconutCream Concentrate or homemade coconut butter
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 egg whites, whisked until foamy
  • pinch of salt
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees. (I know, weird number, just do it.)
  2. Add your dates to a food processor and begin to pulse until you get a clumpy paste.
  3. Add your coconut oil and cocoa powder to the food processor and puree until well mixed and it has become smoother.
  4. Then add your eggs, coconut flour, honey, vanilla, baking soda and powder, and salt and puree until smooth.
  5. Grease an 8×8 baking dish with some extra coconut oil, then pour in your brownie mix and smooth out throughout the dish.
  6. Now make the top layer: Add your shredded coconut, coconut oil, coconut butter, and honey to a bowl and heat in the microwave. Mix ingredients together ingredients until smooth then add your whisked egg whites and mix well.
  7. Pour topping over your brownie batter and smooth out until covering the entire surface of the brownie.
  8. Add dish to oven and baking for 20-25 minutes.
  9. Let cool then cut into pieces. 
Source: PaleOMG

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