Paleo Coconut Bars
These Paleo Coconut Bars with Hemp Seeds are made with toasted coconut for the most amazing coconut flavour. These bars are vegan, oil-free, gluten-free and naturally sweetened.
Healthy Fats From Hemp Seeds
In addition to the toasting of all things delicious, I just can’t get enough healthy fats in my diet right now. Avocados, coconut, hemp seeds, walnuts, cashews, if it has a healthy fat content, I’m eatin’ it…and I’m lovin’ it!
Fats have gotten such a bad rap over the years and it’s lead to a number of misconceptions about this very important macronutrient. It should still be eaten in moderation of course, but you should never be afraid of wonderful, nutritious, plant-based essential fatty acids.
They help feel you full, do wonders for your hair, skin and nails and your hard-working heart and body just love them, so if it’s essential fatty acids you’re looking for, you’ll find it in these bars.
Hemp Seeds For Omega-3 EFAs
Hemp seeds are the highest source of plant-based omega-3 essential fatty acids, an important nutrient for heart hearth and brain functioning. Most people have no problem getting enough omega-6 fatty acids in there diet but omega-3 are the one we need to pay a bit more attention to. By including hemp seeds in your diet on a regular basis, especially if you eat a plant-based diet, is a great way to ensure you’re getting enough of this important fatty acid.
How to Make No-Bake Energy Bars
Let’s go through how to make these simple, no-bake bars.
Toast the Shredded Coconut
First, you’ll want to toast the coconut. While this step is optional, it adds a wonderful flavour to the bars.
To toast coconut, preheat your oven to 325 F. Spread shredded coconut on a baking pan and bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes until nice and brown. Make sure you keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
Mix the Ingredients
While the coconut is toasting you can start making the dough for the bars. When I originally made this recipe, I mixed everything in a bowl but if I was to make it today I would probably use a food processor. The good news is, if you don’t have a food processor, you can just mix everything in a bowl!
After you’ve mixed up the dough, press it into a parchment paper-lined baking pan. Take a few minutes to really work the dough in and press it into all the corners.
Set and Slice The Bars
That’s it! Once you’ve mixed the dough and pressed it into the pan, stick the whole thing in the fridge for a few hours to firm up. Once it’s firmed, carefully lift the bars out of the pan and slice into your desired bar size.
Paleo Coconut Bars Recipe
These paleo coconut bars are gluten-free, grain-free, vegan and aside from toasting the coconut, there’s no-baking required. They’re sweetened with pure maple syrup and only contain a handful of other wholesome ingredients.
Just 4-Ingredients Needed
- creamy cashew butter, feel free to substitute almond butter!
- delicious toasted coconut, skip the toasting if you’re in a rush
- healthy hemp seeds that add chewy texture and nutty flavour
- maple syrup for natural sweetening
Choose Your Portion Size
I would definitely recommend cutting these into 16 bars to keep the serving size on the smaller size however you can also cut them into 8 larger bars. If I was heading out on a long hike for example, I’d go for a large bar but for a daily snack, a smaller portion should do it.
I’ve been eating these before 6am CrossFit and I can say for certain that they make a great pre-workout snack, or after-dinner treat, or mid-morning snack, or afternoon bite….enjoy anytime you feel like it. They’re perfect for hiking too!
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- Pre-heat the oven to 325°F.
- Spread the coconut on a baking pan and bake for approximately 5-10 minutes or until thoroughly browned and toasted.
- While the coconut is toasting, mix the other ingredients together in a bowl or food processor until it forms a thick dough.
- Add the toasted coconut. Mix well.
- Press the mixture into a wax paper or saran-lined 8 x 8 inch baking dish and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. Make sure you spend some time really pressing it down into the pan.
- Once it’s set, lift from pan and cut into 16 squares.
- Store in a container in the fridge.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 204
- Sugar: 4.5 g
- Fat: 17 g
- Carbohydrates: 11 g
- Fiber: 1.5 g
- Protein: 6 g
Keywords: hemp seed bars, coconut bars, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, healthy