This week was busy – as much as I’d have liked to create a nutritious sit-down breakfast each morning, its just has not possible every single day of the week. Sometimes meal prepping goes out the window – you get called into work early, or you’re just having “one of those days”. . we’ve all been there. Having a solid go-to item in the fridge that you can grab on your way out the door is the perfect solution! Ammm I right?
Most snack or meal bars are full of sugar, gluten, dairy, or yucky preservatives that I’d really rather not put into my body. I want fuel, and I want it to taste good. Finding the right store-bought bar without spending a ton of money is difficult to do – I have yet to find the perfect one. So, in true BITG fashion, I made some!
If you’re looking for a morning meal that’s convenient, homemade, and oh-so-tasty, look no further!! Adapted from Savory Simple’s No-Bake Toasted Coconut Date and Nut Bars, these Coconutty Cashew Bars – reminiscent of a Lara bar – are filling and perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle. Nourishing, simple ingredients, & delish – just the way we like it!
Coconutty Cashew Bars
Adapted from Savory Simple [No-Bake Toasted Coconut Date and Nut Bar]
Makes about 8 – 10 bars
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 cups unsalted raw cashews
1 cup dates [medjool], pitted & roughly chopped
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup coconut butter or natural almond butter [I’d recommend trying coconut butter or a mixture of both!]
2 tbsp coconut oil
Set your oven to 350 degrees F. Spread coconut on a baking sheet and toast for about 3-4 minutes; stir and then bake for another 2 minutes. Once it’s finished toasting, set the coconut aside, and using same baking sheet, toast cashews for about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, place coconut, cashews, dates, cinnamon & salt into food processor; pulse until mixture becomes crumbly. Add wet ingredients [coconut/almond butter & coconut oil] & pulse until the mixture begins to clump as one. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper & using a spatula press the coconutty mixture into the pan, ensuring its flat and even.
Throw into the freezer for about 15 minutes, then cut into separate bars, and wrap in tin foil or parchment paper so they’re ready to grab as you please!
Enjoy these for an on-the-go breaky or snack on one throughout the day to keep your hanger from coming out to attack [I know you know what I’m talkin’ about].
What’s your favorite on-the-go morning meal?