Saturday, November 14, 2015

No Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Coconut Bars

No Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Coconut Bars 
-1 cup natural peanut butter
-1/2 honey
-1/2 coconut oil
-2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
-1 cup organic unsweetened coconut
-1 cup 100% cacao powder
-1 tsp vanilla

1. Combined peanut butter, honey and coconut oil in a bowl. Put the mixture into the microwave for about a minute or until completely melted.
2.Mix oatmeal, coconut, cacao powder and vanilla into the melted mixture. Stir well
3. Pour mixture into wax paper covered 9x13 inch pan
4.Put into the fridge for about an hour or until cool. Or if short on time put into the freezer for thirty minutes.

These are a great treat when you are craving a treat but don't want to go all out.

In my recipe I say to use cacao powder instead of coco powder. Wondering what the difference is? Let me tell you. 

Cacao powder is the raw unprocessed cacao bean. It has an ORAC* value of 95,500. Cacao powder is a wonderful source of essential fatty acids, fiber, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium and sulfur. 

Coco powder is is cacao bean after it has been roasted and processed. Coco powder has an ORAC* value of 26,500. Because of being heated and processed it losses a lot of its nutritional goodness. 

*method of measuring antioxidants. 

Cacao powder offers many benefits and tastes delicious. I love chocolate and cacao powder is a great way for me to enjoy it and still get healthy benefits.

I hope that you enjoy these bars! They are one of our favorite treats.