COCONUT BARS: Half of Gabby

Makes 20 Bars

WHATCHU NEED:

   2 cups UNSWEETENED COCONUT

   1/2 cup COCONUT OIL

   1/2 cup WARM WATER

   5 packets of STEVIA (NOT baking stevia) (you can add more to desired sweetness)

   1 tsp PURE VANILLA EXTRACT

   1/4 tsp SALT

   40 WHOLE ALMONDS (or desired nut or 1/4 cup chopped nuts)

   1/3 cup DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS (or chopped up dark chocolate squares)

   1 tsp additional COCONUT OIL

WHATCHU DO:

1. Put coconut in medium bowl.

2. In a small bowl, mix stevia packets with warm tap water until dissolved. Add to coconut bowl and mix well. 

3. Put 1/2c coconut oil in small microwavable bowl and nuke until melted in 10 second intervals. (It takes 2 times for me).

4. Add melted coconut oil, vanilla, and salt to coconut bowl and mix well.

5. Line an 8 x 8 square baking dish w/ parchment paper and spread coconut out evenly.

6. Put in refrigerator for 1 hour to harden.

7. Estimate the middle of each bar and place 2 almonds in the middle of each bar.

8. Place dark chocolate and 1 tsp of coconut oil in a small microwavable dish and nuke until melted in 15-20 second intervals, mixing in between each. (It takes 2 times for me).

9. With a small spoon, pour a little bit of chocolate over each pair of almonds.

10. Put back in fridge until chocolate hardens, about 15-20 minutes.

11. Grab parchment paper and lift bars out of dish. Cut bars right on parchment paper. Store in fridge.

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