Coconut Blueberry Lemon Bars

Raw Coconut Blueberry Lemon Bars

Coconut Blueberry Lemon Bars

We go through a lot of nuts and dried fruit at our house. I eat small handfuls of almonds throughout the day, medjool dates when my sweet tooth gets the best of me, and Aaron snacks on about ten servings of homemade trail mix on any given workday (this is only a slight exaggeration—his metabolism is fast!).

Homemade Fruit & Nut Bars

We tend to rotate between the same foods: almonds and dates, sunflower seeds and raisins, cashews and dried cranberries. Rinse and repeat. I can eat the same thing for months on end, but I know Aaron’s sick of something when I start finding Clif bar wrappers in the washing machine, along with the standard doggie poopy bags that we’re constantly carrying with us. Things that I’ve learned: 1. you can never be too prepared when it comes to Olive and 2. I really need to get better about checking pockets before I do laundry.

Raw Dried Fruit & Nut Bars

Honestly though, it annoys me when I find these wrappers, and not just because I’m recovering from a daily Clif bar habit several years ago that’s left me with a hypersensitivity to even the smell of them. It’s more like a combination of being annoyed that we have a fridge and pantry full of good food and also that I generally think I can make a homemade bar that’s a million times more delicious with none of that soy protein isolate junk.

Homemade Larabars

So, that’s exactly what I did. Except these bars are more like Larabars in texture, and they happen to be one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations: coconut blueberry lemon. Hey, if I have to clean the food processor, I’ll make what I like.

Fortunately, Aaron is also a big fan. I haven’t done laundry in the last few days, but I feel pretty confident that there won’t be any Clif bar wrappers hidden in his pockets.

Raw Coconut Blueberry Lemon Bars

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Raw Coconut Blueberry Lemon Bars

Coconut Blueberry Lemon Bars

Raw Coconut Blueberry Lemon Bars

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: about 12 bars


Prep Time: 1 hour 40 mins

Simple ingredients with a texture that's similar to a Larabar, but at a fraction of the cost. These bars can be easily customized to suit your tastes.

Coconut Blueberry Lemon Bars

Raw Coconut Blueberry Lemon Bars

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Ingredients

  • 15 Medjool Dates
  • 2 1/2 C. Raw Almonds
  • 1 C. Coconut Flakes (or Shredded Coconut)
  • 1 C. Dried Blueberries
  • Zest of 3 Lemons

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: about 12 bars

Prep Time: 1 hour 40 mins

Simple ingredients with a texture that's similar to a Larabar, but at a fraction of the cost. These bars can be easily customized to suit your tastes.

Instructions

  • Soak the medjool dates in water for 1 hour, then remove the pits.
  • Add to the food processor the soaked dates, almonds, coconut, blueberries, and lemon zest.
  • Process until no large chunks remain (about 4-5 minutes). You may need to occasionally scrape down the bowl.
  • Using your hands and/or a spatula, press the mixture into a 9x13 inch pan.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

Notes [2]

If possible, use organic lemons since you’ll be using the zest. Organic blueberries are also best, as conventional berries are very high in pesticides.

Bars can be stored in the fridge or the freezer.

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