Raw Vegan Coconut + Date Bliss Bars

Happy Sunday, friends! I made these 100% raw + vegan bars two days ago, and they’re already gone, so I had to share. Here’s how to make this yummy treat in under an hour:

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Inspired by: Free People and Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen

Ingredients:
Main part:
  • 2 cups pitted dates (I used medjool dates)
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 to 2/3 creamed coconut grated
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut (I had to google this, and I’ll save you the trouble: click here!)

Chocolate coconut topping:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3-1/2 cup creamed coconut or coconut butter
  • 3 heaped tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Happy {raw} baking! If you make a batch, let me in the comments know how they turn out!

Quote of the Blog Post: “The Universe will match whatever vibration you put out. And you can’t fool The Universe.” – Jen Sincero {Author of You are a Badass}

 

Farmers Market Finds

 

Almost every Wednesday since last summer, my mom and I have had this tradition on Wednesday afternoons. There’s a local farmers market near Old Ellicott City (the historic district near my hometown) open from 2-6 through the summer months, and so long as we’re both in town, you’ll see us there! (Lately, most likely by the baked goods or the pizza guy)

Supporting your local farmers and businesses is so important nowadays, and so I’ve compiled a list of our weekly stops at the farmers markets. More details can be found here.

(We also stopped by the new farmer’s market in Clarksville at The River Hill Garden Center, so I’ve included some of those shops/businesses as well)

River House Pizza Co. (at both locations)

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The Vegedible (Miller Branch Library)

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M & M Plants (River Hill Garden Center)

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BL Teas (punny) (Miller Branch Library)

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The tea infuser with the pretty charms is from the same shop!

Happy shopping! I’ll be posting more farmer’s market finds throughout the summer, and if you have any local farmer’s markets we should check out, let me know in the comments!

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Almond Butter/Coconut/Cranberry Energy Bites

To quote tumblr: “Boys are out, drinking almond milk is in.” Or in this case, EATING almond butter bites is very, very in.

I made these yummy little bites in just about 15 minutes this morning! Super easy, delicious, and vegan friendly. And no baking required!IMG_7911.JPG

I didn’t have all the ingredients from the original recipe, and so I switched it around a bit and they ended up turning out great.

Prep time: 10-15 minutes

Makes: About 15 bitesIMG_7903.JPG

 

  • Dry Ingredients
    • ¾ cup coconut flakes
    • ¾ cup rolled oats
    • ¼ cup almond meal
    • ¼ cup dried cranberries (or whatever you want to add in! chocolate chips, cacao nibs, almonds)
  • Wet Ingredients
    • ¾ cup almond butter (the original recipe called for liquidy almond butter, but mine was very thick, so I added in some almond milk until it had a creamier consistency)
    • ¼ cup Bee-Free Honey- made from apples (Maple syrup or agave works as well)IMG_7895.JPG
  • Instructions
    1. Mix together all the dry ingredients listed above in a large bowl. (Flakes, oats, almond meal, cranberries)IMG_7893.JPG
    2. Stir together the wet ingredients. (Almond butter, apple honey/maple syrup/agave)
    3. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture. Use a spatula to fold mixtures together.
    4. Use your hands to roll the mixture into little bites. If the mixture is too dry add in more almond butteror apple honey as needed.IMG_7915.JPG
These can be stored for up to two weeks in the fridge or frozen for a month. Enjoy!
Adapted from Beaming Baker