04 May, 2010

No Bake Chocolate Coconut Energy bars and Homemade Lotion

Servings: 16
Preparation Time: 25 minutes

* 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
* 1 cup raw pecans
* 4 tablespoons Coconut Oil
* 1/2 cup coconut flour
* 4 tablespoons honey or enough to sweeten
* 3/4 cup raisins
* 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
* 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
* Dried, shredded coconut

Chocolate Sauce Ingredients:

* 4 tablespoons coconut oil
* 8 tablespoons cocoa powder
* 2-3 tablespoons honey

Grind up 1 cup of sunflower seeds and the cup of pecans in food processor or coffee grinder and pour into bowl. Add coconut oil, coconut flour, honey, raisins, vanilla flavoring, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds and mix all together. Pour into square casserole dish and press mixture down firmly.


In small saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons coconut oil and mix in cocoa and honey until thickened. Pour chocolate sauce on top and sprinkle with shredded coconut. Refrigerate for about 25-35 minutes. Cut up into squares and enjoy!

These are really good. I did add several T melted butter and some sea salt to the recipe, since i thought it was a bit dry. I also think a thin layer of raspberry jam between the chocolate and bar would be delish. My family loved them, with the exception of Emily, since she hates raisins in recipes. I decided it's time for me to stop dancing around whining children and their hatred of raisins in anything yummy. See? I'm one tough mama. I have allowed them to pick the raisins out in the past, but that's stopping. Today!! Especially since it will come to a screeching halt anyway if big daddy sees them picking anything out of anything.

And now a question. I want to make homemade lotion. I'm tired of paying insane prices for high quality lotion and i feel it's important to use high quality. Simply for the fact that it sits on your skin and gets completely absorbed into your system. I'm not near as strict with soap since you wash it off, but it bugs me everytime i put garbage lotion on my skin. However, depending on my budget for the moment, i can't bring myself to pay the price for the good stuff, so i buy the cheap stuff and hate every smear of it. So i need recipes. I would like to use coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil and anything else that is good for the skin. Anyone that gives me a winning recipe can come out and hang out with me for a day. Seriously, it wouldn't be that bad. You might even have fun. And if nothing else, my family will give you something to talk about. :)


  1. I ue pure sweet almond oil and coconut oil for moisturizers. I'm in he process of working on a recipe for lotion but packing/moving/unpacking has taken precedence ;)

    but the almond oil, though obviously oily, does a great job if you use it while your skin is still a bit moist from a shower/bath/washing. I then take a face towel and wipe off any excess oil that didn't penetrate my skin after about 2 minutes. If you use the oil on dry skin it doesn't seep in very well. and if feels kinda... dirty.

    the bars sound good. I miss chocolate like CRAZY!!!! oh how I miss it. the day I stop nursing I'm eating 5 lbs for dinner. YUM!

  2. Thanks for your ideas Laura, you must be the only person i know who doesn't buy lotion. :) Not quite, i do know a few others.

    Hey, it's good to know you survived your move. You were in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Pallet just got a bunch of new H&B stuff in...maybe you'll find your quality stuff for less!!!:) lol

  4. Cool! I'm planning on being there sometime in the next couple of days. Maybe i can find good stuff cheap. ;)It's not like i'm looking for more things to do.

  5. I just use coconut oil after a shower. Yes, it's a bit greasy, but my skin is so dry that it soaks it up fairly quickly. I have not noticed any greasy or oily stains/ marks on my clothing or bed sheets. It smells nice, too.


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