Banana Coconut Energy Bars

Ingredients:

 For the Crust:

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted but not hot
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried fruit (apricots, dates, cranberries, etc)

For the filling:

  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • ½ cup ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the topping:

8 oz. dark chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoon coconut oil

¼ cup shredded coconut, toasted

2 tablespoons almonds, chopped

Directions

Spray a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick spray for the crust:

In a food processor, finely grind the nuts. A few large pieces are ok, but be careful not to over process the nuts. And the coconut oil, honey and dried fruit. Pulse in the processor until just combined. Transfer mix into prepared pan and press into an even layer.

For the filling:

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread banana coconut mixture over the crust. Make sure the filling is smooth as possible. Place in refrigerator while the topping is being prepared.

For the topping:

Melt the chocolate, stirring often. Once melted, whisk in coconut oil. Remove crust and filling layers from the refrigerator and pour chocolate over the top of the filling, spreading evenly over the top, sprinkle coconut and almonds over top. Refrigerate until chocolate has hardened. Slice, serve and enjoy!