I developed this recipe after I tried a coconut bar made by Oskri Organics. Their bars are really tasty, but I didn’t like the fact that it had so much sugar in them. So, I wanted to try making something similar with lots of coconut oil and a little maple syrup instead of rice syrup. I am always looking for a way to get more coconut oil into my diet, and this is the perfect avenue! I would recommend keeping them in the fridge though – the oil melts really quickly if left out, so eat them fast!
Maple Coconut Bars
2 cups organic shredded coconut
1 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
dash of salt
In a small saucepan, combine the shredded coconut and the coconut oil and warm over very low heat while stirring. Once the oil is completely melted, add the maple syrup, vanilla and salt and continue stirring until the shredded coconut has absorbed a little of the oil. I stirred for about 5 minutes. Pour the mixture into a small, glass dish (I used my little 3-cup rectangle Pyrex storage dish). Push the mixture down until it is packed firmly and then refrigerate for at least an hour. Cut into bars or cubes and enjoy. In order to get the bars to let go of the dish, try placing the dish in a shallow pan of hot water for a minute and then they will pop right out.
Note - if you want to eliminate the sugar altogether, you could leave the maple syrup out. I would just add 2 more tablespoons of coconut oil. Also, if you don’t like the maple flavor, I’m sure they would be equally delicious with honey or another type of sweetener of your choice.