Raw Coconut Bars

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So now that I’m not pregnant, I have no excuses for my terrible eating habits, I can’t justify having chocolate right before bed anymore. I’ve tried to eliminate refined sugar from my diet but find that I’m still craving something sweet at the end of meals. I came across these bars on Pretend Health Freaks and thought I would give them a shot. I altered some of the ingredients since I didn’t have them on hand, they turned out delicious! I made them with the 3 cups of shredded coconut in the middle layer however, I would recommend only using 2 cups as it’s just a tad too much coconut.

Base

2/3 C almond meal

1/3 c coconut flour

2 Tbsp coconut oil

2 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp coconut milk or water

Coconut Center

3 C shredded coconut

3 Tbsp coconut milk

2 Tbsp coconut oil

2 Tbsp honey

1 tsp of cinnamon

Chocolate Topping

2 Tbsp coconut oil

2 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 Tbsp peanut butter

Handful of Cacao Nibs

Directions

Line an 8×8 pan with some parchment paper and then mix the ingredients for the base. Spread a layer across the bottom of the pan and put it in the fridge while you’re working on the middle section.

Mix the ingredients for the coconut centre together in a blender. If you use less cups of shredded coconut and more coconut oil you’ll get a better consistency for pouring. Once mixed, pour or smooth the layer over the base layer.

For the chocolate topping, just mix in a bowl and then pour over the entire pan. I sprinkled some cacao nibs before putting the bars in the freezer. Put the bars in the freezer until the chocolate has set.

DIY Sweet Tables!

For the past few events we’ve hosted here, we’ve supplied sweet tables. Not only are they fun to make but they are always very well received. There are five basic steps you should follow when trying to make your own sweet table.

1) Decide on a theme and colour.

Ours are sometimes based on a holiday which makes it easy for theme selection. There are so many free printable available on the web that you can match your colour/theme to them. For example for the circus theme I found this adorable circus template. The little signs really take your sweet table to the next level.

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2) Decide on the type of candy you want.

There are so many different types of candy out there, it can be overwhelming just to decide on what kind to get. The candy can be separated into four kinds.

Bulk loose candy: sold by the pound
Individually packaged candy: offer one per guest
Designer candy/sweets: offer one per guest
Display candy: used for decoration & filler

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3) Divide your candy table into 3 zones

A front zone – this is a good zone to put your bulk candy in trays.

A middle zone – the perfect place to use apothecary jars.

The back zone – use taller jars in this area.

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4) Use a tablecloth and don’t forget about creating some type of backdrop!

For our backdrops, I bought a 3-fold bristol board from Staples and then used duck tape in various colours to create the pattern.

5) Finishing touches

Candy scoops, sparkles and anything that will bring the wow-factor to your table!   halloween