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{Please give a very warm welcome to my friend Candace from Candida Free Candee. She has A TON of awesome recipes on her site and I am thrilled she stopped by to share this recipe for Piña Colada Bars today! ~Jessica}

They say less is more and I am really starting to believe it.

We had a kitchen fire recently for which I had to use a fire extinguisher.

By the way, if you don’t already have a fire extinguisher in your home please go out and get one. It was pretty scary having two kids, two dogs, and myself in a house with a fire. Not fun. I am SO grateful my hubby constantly quizzes me on where we keep the fire extinguisher and that I was able to use it in time. End PSA. 🙂

Luckily no one was hurt and there was no significant damage but that extinguisher dust goes everywhere. And when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere. A thick layer of white “stuff” covered every inch of our house.

Needless to say we were out of our house for 4 or 5 days while a cleaning crew cleaned and boxed up every single one of our possessions.

We came home to an eerily empty house and realized that we had lived with so little while we were gone. We realized when it came down to it, we really didn’t need much and that we owned far too many “things”. More than that, we realized that for us excess stuff = stress.

When the boxes of our things came back we had an embarrassing amount of things to go through. There were clothes we never wore, toys the kids never played with (which is almost all of their toys), food we never ate or couldn’t eat (why we kept this stuff I’ll never know), decorative bowls we had no place to display, shoes, jackets, useless kitchen appliance … arghhh!

So out, out, out with it all!

Well, almost all.

We donated, threw away, and returned items to their owners until we were red in the face. It was, and is, a process, but it feels SO much better. We’re happier, the kids are happier and surprisingly more entertained. The living room is almost void of toys and they find far more to do than they did before, who would have thunk it? I guess less is more? For us anyway!

So with this new-found “love of less” you can imagine that I find simple but tasty recipes exciting.

And this recipe is simple – it contains only a few ingredients (all of which I stock regularly). It is no-bake, autoimmune paleo (which is music to my ears these days), contains no added sugar (it’s all pineapple baby), and most importantly it is very delicious!

What is even better is that you can make them two ways!

The first way is with a mixture of coconut oil and coconut butter, which gives you a more pronounced pineapple flavor. The second way is with just coconut butter, which gives you a creamier final product. Either way, I am sure you will enjoy this refreshing treat.

A few notes:

How sweet your pina colada bars are can depend on the quality and ripeness of the pineapple. Although I enjoy these bars with no added sugar you may want yours a little sweeter. You could add a touch of honey, maple syrup, a couple of pureed dates, or a few drops of stevia.

When you are mixing these, the texture may lead you to believe that they will not hold together but don’t worry, they hold together fine after they have been refrigerated. They will not be hard, but will hold together very well.

I have made these with both toasted and untoasted coconut. I like both but in the summer months I prefer the freshness of the untoasted coconut.

Note from Jessica: There is NO substitute for coconut butter in this recipe.

(Sorry for yelling, but I get asked this question almost every day, so I wanted to make sure the note stood out!)

Coconut butter is what makes the base of the recipe and it cannot be switched out for another ingredient. Coconut butter is finely ground coconut meat, similar to a nut butter.

Please read this article for a detailed explanation of what coconut butter is.

Piña Colada <g class="gr_ gr_141 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Style multiReplace" id="141" data-gr-id="141">Bars :</g>: Gluten, Grain, Dairy, Egg, Nut, and Seed Free, Autoimmune Paleo
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten, Grain, Dairy, Egg, Nut, and Seed Free, Autoimmune Paleo
Serves: 6
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  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.
  2. Press into an 8x8 glass dish.
  3. Refrigerate until set.
  4. Cut into bars and enjoy!

For more delicious low sugar treats check out these recipes:

Find my full paleo recipe gallery here. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, I’ve got you covered here.

Hey AIP (and even non-AIP) Friends! Listen Up! It’s Finally Time for “FAST” Food on the AIP!

Yes, you read that right. FAST FOOD on the AIP! How is that even possible you ask? Well, I’ll tell you:

The Instant Pot!

Yes, this small kitchen appliance will take your healing autoimmune protocol meals to a whole new level of deliciousness and simplicity. You’ll be preparing gourmet, restaurant-style dishes in the comfort of your own home, easily and quickly.

I know, it sounds too good to be true, but I assure you, it’s not. And listen, while this eBook was created for our AIP friends, everyone will LOVE the nourishing, real food recipes in this book, regardless of your eating style.

I’ve done the AIP twice in my life, once for 6 months and then the second time for about 18 months. Both times I found myself struggling with the amount of time it took to prepare my food. And, because our food choices are limited, especially during the initial healing phase, I started to get really bored and stuck in a rut with food.

That is why I am so passionate about The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook that myself and 36 other experienced AIP bloggers and practitioners have put together just for you. We created this resource as a way to help you alleviate the burden of time and energy that comes with cooking AIP meals from scratch.

This is the first digital eBook written specifically for the AIP community using the Instant Pot. This book:

  • Focuses on the pressure cooker function, creating fast and delicious meals. Are you nervous about using a pressure cooker? No worries. There’s a tutorial in the front of the e-cookbook.
  • Features over 140 recipes, including Broths, Sauces/Condiments, Vegetables, Poultry, Meat, Seafood, Organ Meat, and Dessert.
  • Special diet modifications: Over half the recipes in this e-cookbook can be easily modified for Low-FODMAP, GAPS/SCD and Coconut-Free diets. (Charts are included at the back of the book.)
  • Packed with flavor with such diverse recipes as: Bone Broth (of course), Cranberry BBQ Sauce, Marinara Sauce, Cauli-fredo Sauce, Bacon Orange Cherry Jam, “Baked” Sweet Potatoes, Cauliflower Rice, Artichokes with Lemon Tarragon Dipping Sauce, Smothered Okra, Creamy Kabocha Squash Soup, Fall Off the Bone Whole Chicken, Mole Chicken with Bluecumber Salsa, Lemongrass and Ginger Chicken Zoodle Soup, Stuffed Acorn Squash, Turkey and Gravy, Speedy Chili, Teriyaki Garlic Beef, Ukrainian Borscht, Sticky Pork Short Ribs, Pork Vindaloo, Lamb and Apricot Curry, Simple French Navarin Lamb Stew, Chicken Liver Pâté, Steak and Kidney Stew, Tongue Tacos, Jambalaya, Steamed Crab, Leek and Shrimp Risotto, Salmon and Sweet Potato Chowder, Poached Pears, “Chocolate” Cake, Pina Colada Tapioca Pudding, Mini Pumpkin Pies, and over 100 other fabulous recipes!
  • Written by 37 AIP bloggers who have used the paleo autoimmune protocol to improve their own health. The result is a book far better than any one person could have created alone.

It’s time to stop using all of your precious time and energy slaving away in the kitchen. Eating real food can be time-consuming enough, but adding the AIP on top of it can lead to even more work.

Now you can FINALLY enjoy “fast” food on your healing protocol. Less time, less stress, more flavor. You deserve it. Learn more about the Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook and how to download your copy here (or just click on the image below).

The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook // DeliciousObsessions.com

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