Snack Lab: Coconut Pie Bars

Any kind of snack in the form of a bar is ideal when you’re constantly moving around, running late for work, riding your bike, subtly eating in the back row of a lecture….you know? Bars are simplistic little logs of nutrients and flavour, eaten by anyone that has enough motor skills to open the wrapper.

Now, have you heard of the Larabar? Most of the food blogs I read are American and majority of these creative foodies have been putting together recipes based on this thing called a Larabar. I did some research, and they sound fantastic. Larabars are a blend of unsweetened fruit, nuts and spices – that’s it. They form this rich looking, soft bar that I can only imagine tastes devine. Like a squishy, healthy rectangle of dough. Mmmmm.

Anyway, I’ve always been eager to create my own version of this famous Larabar, but they are not widely stocked in Australia, so I haven’t actually tried one. Therefore I have called my recipe: Coconut Pie Bars! Who would of thought smooshing together fruits, nuts and coconut could make something so delicious.
Coconut Pie Bars
Makes 12 bars

10 medjool dates
1/2 cup dried paw paw
3/4 cup almonds
1/2 cup hazelnuts
3/4 cup shredded coconut
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp coconut oil

Blend the almonds, hazelnuts and shredded coconut together in a food processor till they form a relatively fine crumb. Add the dates, paw paw, coconut oil and water and pulse until the mixture forms a dough. Roll out between two sheets of baking paper till about 1cm thick and place in the fridge for 2 hours. When chilled, slice into bars.

The bars were absolutely delicious. You don’t even need to possess motor skills to undo any kind of foil wrapper – you just slice them up (using a pizza cutter was easiest for me) and stuff them into your mouth as indelicately as possible.