I just had a few realizations.
1. I’m addicted to reality television. Hell, I’d watch Real Housewives of Any-freaking-where, if given the chance. Thank gaaawd I weaned myself off Keeping up with…what are those obnoxious celebrities names again? Yuck. So over them. And there I sat on a Monday night, glued to The Bachelor: Women Tell All. Shoot me in the foot. It’s definitely a torturous, bittersweet kind of entertainment. Like, is this even for reaaaaalz!?
2. I’m really, really, really ridiculously good at waiting until the last minute to do things. Pretty much should be out shopping for a pair of jeans to wear to the rodeo tomorrow night, but I think I’ll just sit here and sip my coffee, maybe read a magazine, apply for some jobs, listen to Bella snore. Ya know, important stuff. No big deal if I just go pants-less to the rodeo, right? Nope. All I really care about is eating a giant turkey leg while I’m there, soooooo…I should just probably wear my stretchy pants, right? Yep.
3. I’m addicted to nut butter….and coconut butter.
Thank you Artisana for these glorious samples!
I’m sooooo addicted that I’m finding any way to put them into my food…savory or sweet.
But let’s be real…mostly sweet.
With more coconut…duh.
I mean, you should know me by now.
It’s impossible for me to give up sweets.
We will just call these snacks.
Because snacks are awesome.
Because with snacks, we don’t have to feel guilty about consuming sweets.
Again though, these aren’t really sweets…they are extreme snack food.
Like the kind of snack you wrap perfectly in cling wrap to stick in your purse…or your pocket
for that “oh my gawwd I nearly just ate my arm because I missed lunch because I was busy at work” snack.
These things taste like oatmeal cookies but have the texture of cake…so light and melt in your mouth.
Seriously, this is definitely an “anytime, anywhere” snack.
Maybe even a breakfast snack.
Definitely an after dinner snack.
Nut and Coconut Butter Honey Oatmeal Snack Bars (GF/V):
1/2 c. almond flour
1/2 c. oat flour
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. fine sea salt
1/2 c. nut butter (I used a combination of Artisana raw cashew butter, walnut butter, and pecan butter)
1/4 c. slightly melted coconut butter (Artisana has a great brand)
1/4 c. raw honey (if you are a pure vegan you can use maple syrup or coconut nectar)
1 T. pure vanilla extract
1/2 c. unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
1/2 c. rolled oats (certified gluten-free)
1/2 c. unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/4 c. cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8×8 square baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Combine the flours, baking soda, and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the nut butter, coconut butter, and honey. Mix well.
4. Mix in the vanilla and almond milk until smooth.
5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until everything is evenly incorporated.
6. Fold in the oats, coconut, and cacao nibs.
7. Spread the dough out evenly into the prepared.
8. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean.
Makes 9-12 bars.