I have a major sweet tooth and one of my favorite things to do lately is figure out ways to satisfy it, while also trying to stay "clean and lean." These maple coconut bars pack a serious flavor punch and they aren't the worst for you. Plus, lately I have been obsessed with anything coconut flavored and these definitely hit the spot for me.
I've been really intrigued by coconut flour lately, so I bought a small bag of it from the bulk section of my local health food store. Coconut flour absorbs liquid like a sponge, so when substituting it for other types of flour, make sure you increase the liquid in the recipe. Here, I switched out brown sugar for maple syrup, so that did the trick. You also only need about 1/3 of what you would use for regular flour. Here 1 cup of flour became 1/3 cup of coconut flour, which reduces the overall carbs in the recipe. Finally, coconut flour is amazing. It is rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats! It is a great gluten-free option too.
Healthy Maple Coconut Oat Bars1/2 cup unsweetened, toasted coconut flakes
1-1/4 cups oats
1/3 cup coconut flour
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Blend together maple syrup and coconut oil until creamy. Add the vanilla protein powder, salt, and coconut flour and blend until well combined. Stir in coconut and oats.
Press the mixture into a parchment lined 8x8 inch baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes at 375F.