No Bake Chocolate & Coconut Bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 16 - 20

Ingredients

  1. vegetable oil spray
  2. 2 tbsp (30 mL) maple syrup or honey
  3. 1/4 cup (60 mL) coconut oil
  4. 1 cup (250 mL) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  5. 1 cup (250 mL) natural, creamy peanut butter
  6. 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) large flake rolled oats
  7. 1 cup (250 mL) unsweetened coconut flakes, plus 2 tbsp (30 mL) for garnish
  8. 1 tbsp (15 mL) hemp seeds

Method

  1. Lightly grease 8-in. (20-cm) square pan with vegetable oil spray. Also, line bottom and sides of pan with parchment paper.
  2. In large saucepan, combine coconut oil and maple syrup (or honey) and set over medium-low heat until warm. Add chocolate and stir until melted into coconut oil mixture. Mix in peanut butter.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in oats, 1 cup (250 mL) coconut flakes and hemp seeds. Scoop mixture into prepared pan; press into an even layer. Sprinkle remaining coconut flakes on top and press down to stick. Cool to room temperature; cover and refrigerate until set. Cut oat mixture around edges; using parchment, lift slab out of pan. Cut into 16 to 20 bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge (can also be stored frozen).