Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars (gluten, grain, dairy free, paleo)
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Serves: 10
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  1. Place ¾ cup of coconut oil and ¼ cup of coconut butter in a small saucepan and warm until melted.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the 2 teaspoons of vanilla, stirring well to combine.
  3. Add in the 2 cups of shredded coconut and mix well.
  4. Pour the coconut mixture into an 8x8 baking dish and spread it out evenly.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator until firm (this will take at least one hour).
  6. Once the coconut layer has completely chilled and hardened, it's time to make the chocolate layer.
  7. You will need to use a double boiler to melt the chocolate. To make a double boiler, find a glass bowl that will sit into your saucepan, but will not touch the bottom.
  8. Add about an inch of water to the bottom of the saucepan.
  9. Place the bowl into the saucepan, making sure that the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl.
  10. Put the chocolate and 2 tbsp. of coconut oil in the bowl.
  11. Turn the heat to medium and as the water in the saucepan simmers, the chocolate and coconut oil will slowly melt together.
  12. As soon as the chocolate and oil are melted together, remove the bowl from the heat. Do not get any water in your chocolate or it will seize up.
  13. Slowly pour the melted chocolate over the coconut layer and tilt the pan to evenly spread it out.
  14. Place it back in the fridge for a few hours before cutting it into bars with a sharp knife.
  15. Note: I think that coconut has a subtle sweetness and the chocolate layer will also lend some sweetness to these bars. I find that these bars are the perfect sweet treat, but if you prefer something a little sweeter, you could add a little honey or maple syrup to the coconut mixture before pouring into the baking dish.
  16. These treats are best kept in the refrigerator until served.
  17. Enjoy!!
Recipe by Delicious Obsessions® | Real Food, Gluten-Free, Paleo Recipes, Natural Living Info at https://www.deliciousobsessions.com/2014/04/dark-chocolate-coconut-bars/