I am a lover of delicious, healthy snack bars such as Larabars, Luna bars, Pure Bars, and the list goes on. Today, I finally got to try the Almond & Coconut Kind bar I’ve been hearing so much about in the Blogosphere. The problem I find with all of these bars: price.
Seeing as I had a hoppin’ party to go to all the time in the world today to play in the kitchen….I did!
MY Almond & Coconut Bar
1/2 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup almond slivers
1/2 cup honey
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup 40% less fat coconut shreds*
2 Tbsp wheat germ
*if you don’t have/can’t find low-fat coconut shreds, substitute equal parts of the unsweetened shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix coconut, honey, and wheat germ together in a medium bowl. Stir in almonds. Mix until blended well.
Spray a 8 x 8 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spread mixture, pressing firmly to the bottom of the pan, leveling the surface with a spatula coated in cooking spray. Cook 25-35 minutes, until surface is browned.
Let pan cool to room temperature. Transfer pan to freezer and allow to harden. Once firmed up, transfer the 8 x 8 contents to a cutting board. Cut into 8 even portions. Wrap in wax paper to preserve.
Nutrition Information (per bar): 210 calories; 15 g. fat; 7.5 g. saturated fat; 1.8 g. polyunsaturated fat; 5 g. monounsaturated fat; 3.1 mg. sodium; 24.6 g. carbohydrate; 4.1 g. fiber; 4.4 g. protein
By weight and size, MY Almond & Coconut bars are larger. With that in mind, the nutrition facts for an Almond & Coconut Kind bar are:
190 calories; 14 g. fat; 5 g. saturated fat; 25 mg. sodium; 14 g. carbohydrate; 4 g. fiber; 4 g. protein
Pretty comparable on that account.
Taste-wise: Same. Both bars are sooooooooooo good (if you love coconut)
Texture-wise: Me! MY bars take the cake, I do believe. The Kind bar took a lot of chew power — my jaw was literally sore after eating one bar. I like the softer insides of MY bars.
Now if only I could tackle a Larabar recipe… 🙂
Question: Do you like coconut?