We’re leaving 88 degree Cabo San Lucas for 30’s and grey in the Midwest. It has been 5 days of REAL fruit strawberry smoothies, guacamole poolside (truly, is there anything better than that?), a bit of vitamin D, and kicking my own butt on the treadmill since my conversion from miles to kilometers was a little off. Literally, my butt felt kicked. Walking at 4.35 miles per hour for an hour when your legs are really freakin’ short and the workout room is a steamy 75+ degrees…it’ll have you feeling the burn. Or the kick. Whatever.
But don’t feel bad for me at all, whatsoever. I worked out to earn my poolside mocktails. Feel less bad for me that this was our third trip to Cabo — have we mentioned we LOVE Cabo? I bought a shirt that says so. I’m passionately obsessed with this place. Apparently, Michiganers need a break from the harsh realities of living in Michigan. And work (even if I logged in every day, anyway). And all that other jazz. We’re living it up as a DINK couple (double income, no kids). DINKS, Mr. Prevention calls us. I love kids, but vacation with kids doesn’t look nearly as relaxing as our all-inclusive, adult-only resort filled with pure serenity.
We got massages for $25/hour. Score. The place itself was a little sketch, but…$25/hour! And they did great. If there weren’t others waiting, we’d have requested a second hour right then and there. It was, perhaps, the highlight of the trip. With the exception of guacamole and strawberry smoothies poolside.
Yeah, I just may have to miss my flight and stay a few more weeks. At least.
If I do make my flight, at least I have a semi-tropical and healthy snack for the travels back to reality. I wisely stuffed a few of these Coconut-Almond Bars into my carry-on before we left. It’s a bonus for me that Mr. P hates coconut – I’m not fond of sharing these babies. I am fond, however, of re-sharing them on my blog. It’s been nearly 4 years since they first appeared and they’re still a favorite!
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup 40% less fat coconut shreds
- ½ cup honey
- 2 Tbsp wheat germ
- ½ cup whole almonds
- ½ cup almond slivers
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Mix coconut (unsweetened and 40% less fat), honey, and wheat germ together in a medium bowl. Stir in almonds (whole and slivers). 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. Bake 20-25 minutes, until surface is browned.
- Let pan cool to room temperature. Once firmed up, transfer the 8 x 8 contents to a cutting board. Cut into 8 even portions. Wrap in wax paper to preserve.
I guuuuesssssss I’ll see you in the bitter cold…with a sun-kissed glow. Still, though…GRUMBLE.
Lucky! I need some Vitamin D stat – yet today is rainy, overcast and 37 degrees – blah!
These look delish! I’ve been using unsweetened coconut to make copy cat Nature Valley bars – so good!
I love the coconut almond KIND bars – will have to try these! Look great!
OMG I am depressed FOR you! You had me at REAL fruit smoothies… I wish you had talked about Cabo before we went to Jamaica for our honeymoon. Jamaica was great but you make Cabo sound amaaazing. Where did you stay?
These look delightful, by the way. I’ve been obsessed with coconut lately – epecially my Hawaiian Coffee.
Haha 🙂 Cabo is really unlike anywhere else in Mexico…so safe, stunning, and great people/locals. We have stayed here…all 3 times. We LOVE it. http://www.pueblobonitopacifica.com/
Yep. I’m moving there.
I love the Almond & Coconut KIND Bars, but rarely eat them because of the chicory root fiber they contain. Can’t wait to give these a try! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
im so glad you had a relaxing getaway,..after all that harsh winter, you deserve it! these bars look soo good, i have to make it soon.
You still get my sympathies. It’s never easy to leave paradise. It looks like you brought some of it back in the form of these delicious bars though. I love coconut! The massage deal was definitely a score though! 🙂 Welcome back.
Yours have more calories, sugar, and fat than the Kind bar.
Since they’re about 50% larger than the original, I’d imagine so.
Can I use Sweetened Coconut Flakes? I’ve got literally 3lbs of the stuff I need to get off my hands 😮
Absolutely! They’ll just be extra sweet and the nutrition information provided for the recipe will not be accurate 🙂