My 30 days of paleo is almost coming to an end! So before I finished I wanted to make another paleo treat, since the chocolate and coconut bites I made a couple weeks ago were delicious (but sadly gone). I had pinned this recipe and decided to replicate it over the weekend. I followed the recipe exactly, except that I decided to make them in my Pampered Chef brownie pan rather than a pie pan so I wouldn’t have to cut it (I’m lazy). So basically they are mini bars! They are also seriously delicious; the crust tastes just like carrot cake and the coconut cream layer has sort of an ice-creamy texture. And no baking required! I put all of the bars in a Tupperware and left them in the freezer, so I just take one out when I want a sweet treat! Each bar is relatively high in calories, but this is mostly from the nuts and coconut milk (good source of fat!) They are also pretty filling, so you certainly won’t need more than one! You could also cut the bars in half for a lower-calorie treat. Enjoy!
Coconut Cream Carrot Cake Bars
Adapted from: The Diva Dish
For the crust:
- 3/4 cup shredded carrot (squeeze all the liquid/water out with a paper towel)
- 6 pitted Medjool dates
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
For the filling:
- 1 1/2 cup soaked cashews (soaked in water for about an hour and then drained)
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk (make sure you mix the milk in the can before measuring out the milk)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
1.) Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor until all ingredients are fine and stick together when pressed down. Grease a pie pan or brownie pan with coconut oil spray, then press crust into pan with fingers until packed down.
2.) Combine all filling ingredients into a food processor. Blend until creamy and there are no lumps. Pour on top of prepared crust.
3.) Place in freezer for a few hours to set. Once it sets, remove the bars from the pan with a spatula (unfortunately they didn’t slide right out, but weren’t too hard to remove!) Put bars in a storage container and keep in the fridge or in the freezer for longer storage.
Nutrition Info (Per bar, from My Fitness Pal):