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I’m going to apologize now for the recipe I am about to share with you. I guarantee you will not be able to stop eating this, which means you will need to purchase a new pair of pants to fit your new, larger waistline after you eat the entire pan of these chocolate treats.
Zero Self Control Chocolate Bars
Straight up SWIPED from amy-newnostalgia! EXACT recipe. It was perfect just the way it was. The name is mine though, haha. I named it from my experience.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2/3 cup honey *
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (NO substitutions, must use coconut oil)
- 2 cups oats (NOT instant)
- 1 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
*I use honey in my diet while most vegans don’t. If you don’t want to use honey, try another sticky sweetener in its place.
In a medium sized saucepan, melt together peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil. Remove from heat and add oats, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries. Stir until combined and chocolate chips are melted.
Spread into a 9 x 13 pan. Refrigerate until hardened, about an hour or so. Store in refrigerator.
Oh I’m not done yet. These bars were not eaten alone. Ohhhh no, they had a copilot. I had a can of coconut cream in my fridge for almost a month, and I finally decided to use it.
Coconut Whipped Cream
- 1 can of coconut cream (14 oz) I used that TJ’s can.
- 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons of vanilla
Place your can of coconut cream into the fridge for at least 8 hours, or for a month like I did. After 8 hours open the can UPSIDE down and pour the liquid into a container to use later. Possibly for a smoothie. Take the hardened cream out of the can into a mixing bowl and combine with the powdered sugar using an electric mixer. Add the vanilla and let sit.
NOTE: This whipped cream is like Leonardo DiCaprio, or like a fine wine, it gets better with age. Let this sit for at least a day before you use it for the best results. I found that when I tasted it the first day it was much too fatty and rich for me. The next day it was better, and TWO days after I made this it was perfect. While most recipes use a can of coconut milk, I thought the fatty texture of the coconut cream was divine. Plus this is GOOD fat, we need good fats in our diet! Great with fruit, or with those chocolate bars!
I couldn’t stop cutting off pieces of this chocolate stuff and dipping it straight into the cream. I ate all the cream by myself and it’s gone. The pan of chocolate bars are gone too.. both gone in two days. I was addicted. In all actuality the ingredients are not bad in either of these recipes, but I know nothing about moderation. I had ZERO self control with these. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m late for my Chocoholics Anonymous meeting.
Q: What tasty treat have you been addicted to lately?