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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Coconut & strawberry cream bars

Vegan, wheat-free, gluten-free, natural sugar, raw, no-bake

I know we are in Autumn but I've been craving a refreshing, fruity treat, and what better than creamy coconut mixed with the miracle berry that is strawberries!!!
These bars are quick & easy to make, taste delicious and only take a few ingredients to create.

They would be great as a dessert served with fresh fruit, enjoyed with ice cream or just a sweet treat.

Preparation- 5 minutes
Freezing time- Around 3 hours 
Makes- 8
Level- Easy

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Ingredients for the base
-200g of unsweetened desiccated coconut
-3 tablespoons of maple syrup
-1 & 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
-200g of coconut oil (melted)
-Pinch of salt

Ingredients for the strawberry filling
-1 can of coconut milk (cream only)
-3 tablespoons of strawberry jam
-Pink food colouring (optional)

-Dark chocolate (optional)
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To make the base
Step 1- Line a square baking tray with grease-proof paper.

Step 2- Place the desiccated coconut, maple syrup, vanilla extract, melted coconut oil and salt into a large mixing bowl, and using a wooden spoon, mix until fully combined.

Step 3- Pour the coconut base mixture into the lined baking tray and press down until it is compact.
Pop the tray into the freezer whilst you make strawberry filling.

To make the filling
Step 1- In a bowl using a balloon whisk, combine the coconut cream & jam until combined. Now add in the food colouring.

Step 2- Smooth over the base and pop back into the freezer to set.
This will take around 1-2 hours.

Once fully set, cut into bars and dunk in dark chocolate (optional).

Serve with fresh berries or a drizzle of even more chocolate, freeze dried strawberries & desiccated coconut. YUM!

Store in a sealed container in the fridge.
Best enjoyed within a few days of making.

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