Friday, January 7, 2011

Coconut Lemon Lara Bars

Pictured here on my 'Rosie the Riveter" lunch box, this is a twist on my 'Cocoa Babies' Lara Bar recipe.  It's another sugar-free, nutrient-dense treat or power bar, loaded with good fats, tons of protein, and lots of fiber.

Remember that "Not only do [cashews] lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, but they help to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Cashews have one of the lowest overall fat contents of all of the common nuts and are a good source of oleic acid, the same fatty acid that makes olive oil so heart healthy.  Studies have shown that people who eat nuts on a daily basis are less likely to gain weight and have a tendency to be thinner, on average, than those who don't. It may be that eating nuts like cashews is so filling that it reduces overall calorie consumption."1  They are also a great source of magnesium, antioxidants, and much needed copper.

Coconut, as well as coconut oil,  has amazing health properties- too many to list here, so read up about it on this site.

Lemons not only have high levels of potassium, vitamins A and C, they are acidic, which turns alkaline in the body and then fights acidosis.

Here's how to make them.  (Recipe found here) Blend the following ingredients in a food processor or blender:
1 cup cashews
1 1/2 cup pitted dates
dash of salt
zest of 1 lemon
2 Tbl of lemon juice
1/2 cup coconut

Adjust any ingredients to taste or consistency desire. 

Spread in a 9X9 pan and then cut into squares, or roll them into balls, or do what I do, put on some plastic wrap, mold into a long line and then cut into 1 inch pieces.
Optional:  Add 1 Tbl of chia seeds to your 'dough' to get more electrolytes than Gatorade out of your snack.

 *I soaked my dates in water for 1/2 hour first (then drained) to get a softer dough this time.  They came out a little too soft, so I blended up some almonds and rolled them  in the almond dust at the end of making so they'd be easier to pick up and pack in lunches.


Julia said...

These sound so good Jessica! I have to say, I don't usually use a lot of these ingredients--especially the dates--but we like trying new things. We may just have to put this on our list!

Healthy Hailey said...

My friend introduced me to your site and gave me a taste of these heavenly snacks. They are amazing. I can't wait to try more of your recipes.