I wish I would have come up with this recipe sooner.
Like 3 years sooner.
If you like coconut, you’re going to LOVE this bark.
If you don’t like coconut, I suggest you make a batch of chai spice roasted almonds and forget this post ever existed.
Sure, you could make these for people as a nice Christmas present. Wrap them up in a nice box and wow your friends…
Or you could make it for yourself and snack on it for the next 16 days!
I went for the latter of the two, obviously.
But I took a picture of the bark in a nice box just so you could see what a nice gift it could be.
Prettier in my belly if you ask me! I kid, I kid.
But not really.
This bark makes for a great filling evening snack that will satisfy the sweetest tooth you got… naturally.
Sugar-free Coconut Almond Bark
Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free, Grain free
Go primal this Christmas with a hearty bark made with simple, sugar-free, whole food ingredients.
Yield: 9×13 giant mass of coconut bark
- 1.5 cup coconut butter
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil + 2 teaspoon for toasting
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup of whole pecans, toasted
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
- pinch Himalayan rock salt
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- Line a 9×13 cookie pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- heat 2 teaspoon coconut oil in a cast iron pan on medium heat. Add almond slivers and pecans. Reduce heat to medium-low and toast for 2-3 minutes, rotating frequently (about every 20 seconds) to prevent from burning. Remove from heat and sprinkle with Himalayan rock salt. Set aside.
- Melt the coconut butter with coconut oil in a double broiler or in a large metal bowl over top a saucepan filled with water to touch the bottom of the bowl.
- Add extracts, roasted pecans and almonds. Mix well.
- Drop onto prepared cookie sheet and spread the mixture into a thin layer.
- Press the shredded coconut onto the top.
- Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes or so. Remove and break into random pieces.
You could add cacao nibs or goji berries for a festive touch!
How does a sugar-free bark satisfy your sweet cravings, you ask? Well, the #1 way to permanently satisfy your sweet cravings is to opt for foods high in fat and protein; something that this lovely bark has lots of!
When you have a sugary treat (think high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, cane sugar), your blood sugar goes up, then down, followed by another craving for sugars to elevate it again. It’s a viscous cycle.
You can successfully stop the craving with a whole food like nuts. They are high in protein, fats, and have a limited amount of carbohydrates. The carbs will satisfy your sweet tooth but wont boost your blood sugar, and the protein and fats will keep you fuller, longer.
2 hours later and you’ll be happy you enjoyed a healthy treat; and even happier that you’re not heading for seconds of the high sugary food you would have had.
It’s a win, win, really!
How do you satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way?