No-Bake Cookies and Cream Bars

When I was five-years-old my family briefly lived in rural Pennsylvania. I don’t remember much about living there except our monthly visits to the Hershey Park- a theme park centered around Hershey brand chocolates. I remember looking forward to seeing my favorite chocolate bars, personified by people in costumes, walking around, giving hugs and taking photos with guests.

It must have been very good marketing because throughout the rest of my childhood and into early adulthood, a soft spot remained in my heart for Hershey chocolate bars. My favorite was the “Cookies ‘n’ Creme” bar. Looking at the ingredients now, I just have to say YIKES.

It’s been years since I’ve had my childhood favorite (nowadays I enjoy much happier desserts) and today I would like share my own version, the No-Bake Cookies and Cream Bars. I’m so excited about how well they turned out! They are melt-in-your-mouth creamy with just the perfect amount of crunch. There’s absolutely nothing on the ingredient list to feel bad about, plus they take less than 10 minutes to put together.

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Cookies and Cream Bars

makes 4 bars

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter, softened
  • 2 tbs cacao nibs
  • 2 tbs agave
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of salt

chocolate sauce

  • 2 tbs agave
  • 2 tbs cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To soften coconut butter, place jar in bowl of warm water for 5 minutes. Remove from water and stir until soft.
  3. Combine all ingredients (except chocolate sauce ingredients) in a small bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Use hands to form mixture into bars on parchment paper. Place baking sheet in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to allow bars to firm up.
  5. To make chocolate sauce, mix all ingredients together in a small cup. Remove bars from refrigerator and drizzle sauce over bars. Enjoy right away or store in refrigerator. Bars will slightly melt when left out of refrigerator for more than 15-20 minutes.

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Calling All Oatmeal Lovers…Carrot Cake Oatmeal!

It’s still a little chilly here in New York so before it turns into green smoothie weather I would like to share one last oatmeal recipe. Today’s Carrot Cake Oatmeal is officially my new favorite breakfast. Recently I posted my recipe for Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bars and if you liked that recipe you’ll love this warm and creamy version! With a spoonful of peanut butter on top this oatmeal is seriously out of this world.

I would also like to share a super fun interview I did with Kyle Willets last week. She asked about my blog, my philosophy as a health coach and my favorite NYC vegan eateries. You can check it out here. Ok, now it’s oatmeal time!

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal

makes 2 servings

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I use unsweetened almond)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of allspice
  • dash of salt
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 3 tbs raisins or chopped dates
  • optional- 2 tbs chia seeds and/or 2 tbs shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Bring water, milk, oatmeal and shredded carrot to simmer in a small pot on the stove.
  2. Stir in vanilla extract, cinnamon, allspice, raisins and salt and continue to simmer, stirring throughout, until liquid is absorbed (7-10 minutes).
  3. Serve into bowls and top with chia seeds and dried coconut.

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Lemon Cookies with Lemon Coconut Frosting

I had a craving come to me completely out of the blue this week. It was for lemon meringue pie- a dessert I haven’t had in over a year. I didn’t quite have all the ingredients needed for pie on hand but I was able to throw together these Lemon Cookies with Lemon Coconut Frosting. I’m super excited about how delicious they turned out! Hopefully I’ll get around to making the pie next week, but for now these cookies will certainly do the trick.

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Lemon Cookies

makes about 10 cookies

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tbs agave
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 batch Lemon Coconut Frosting (recipe below)
  • optional- dried unsweetened shredded coconut for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Mix together dry ingredients- almond flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. In a small bowl combine wet ingredients- coconut oil (softened), agave, vanilla extract and lemon juice.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  4. Roll dough into small balls about 1″ thick and place on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper. There should be enough dough for 10 cookies. Bake in oven for 7-10 minutes, until cookies are slightly browned on edges.
  5. Let cookies cool completely. Spread about 2 tsp of Lemon Coconut Frosting on each cookie. Put cookies in refrigerator for about 10 minutes to let frosting firm up. Sprinkle with shredded coconut and enjoy!

Lemon Coconut Frosting

  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1 tbs agave
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbs lemon juice

Directions:

  1. To liquefy coconut butter, place jar in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes. Stir until malleable and scoop out desired amount.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.

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Weeknight Thai Coconut Curry Soup

I LOVE Thai food and I used to live on the same block as a Thai restaurant. At least once I week I would come home from work, too tired to cook and end up ordering curry noodle soup take-out. I came up with my version of Thai Coconut Curry Soup as a take-out alternative. The ingredients are simple and it’s speedy to put together. I usually keep coconut milk, vegetable broth and curry paste on hand and just throw in whatever vegetables I happen to have around.

For a creamy soup, use full-fat coconut milk, and light coconut milk for a more broth-y soup. Rice noodles or brown rice make a nice addition to dish. Sometimes I’ll also lightly fry tofu in coconut oil and add that in too!

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Thai Coconut Curry Soup

makes 4 servings

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs minced ginger
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbs curry paste (I used green curry)
  • 1 tbs tamari
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped into 1″ pieces
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pot on the stove, heat coconut oil at medium-high. Add onion, garlic and ginger and sauté until onions are translucent (about 7 minutes).
  2. Add coconut milk and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Stir in curry paste and tamari.
  3. Add carrots, celery, sweet potatoes and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add broccoli, salt and pepper and simmer another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Serve over cooked rice noodles or rice (if using) and enjoy right away!

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Love Thai curry and have enough time to crack open a coconut? Try my Raw Coconut Thai Soup.

Raw Coconut Date Candy

Happy Friday everyone! Today’s post is a quick one, I would like to share the link to my latest recipe published on MindBodyGreen.com.

This Raw Chocolate Coconut Date Candy is possibly the most satisfying snack ever. Enjoy!

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If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me post this snack a few times…

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