Coconut Avocado Grasshopper Bars

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Who’s ready for St. Patrick’s Day?

It’s not generally a holiday I celebrate, but I have had this grasshopper bar recipe saved on my phone for months, just waiting for an excuse to be made. These bad boys are made from avocado, which is what gives them their green color. So I thought “why not?”

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I have a love/not love thing going on with avocado. Nutritionally, they are great. Taste-wise, I struggle. Avocados have to be deeply hidden in a recipe for me to eat it. There is the odd time where I will dice one up and throw it in a salad, but it’s not my favorite.

So to get the nutritional benefits, I have to find ways to sneak avocados in.

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Enter these coconuty, chocolately slices of healthy heaven!

Coconut and avocado combine to produce a rich, creamy texture. The chocolate layer is dark and smooth.

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The bar eats really well, too. You start with a hit of fresh mint, then you get an indulgent taste of the avocado and coconut and you finish with the creaminess of the chocolate layer.

They are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan. It’s the perfect mix of delicious and healthy!

The original recipe is from Raia’s Recipes.

Enjoy!

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Coconut & Avocado Grasshopper Bars

  • Servings: 9 (ish)
  • Time: 30 min
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INGREDIENTS

MINT LAYER
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 6 T. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3/8 t. mint extract, or a drop or two of food-grade peppermint essential oil
  • dash of salt
CHOCOLATE LAYER
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil
  • 2 T. honey
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 t. vanilla extract
  • dash of salt

INSTRUCTIONS

MINT LAYER
Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with foil. Place all ingredients in high powered blender or a food processor. Blend until smooth. (You can puree it if you want, but I like mine to have little flecks of coconut still.) Smooth mixture into prepared dish and stick in the freezer.
CHOCOLATE LAYER
In small saucepan, melt coconut oil and honey over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Pour over chilled bottom layer and return to the freezer for about 15 minutes, or until the chocolate layer is hardened. Remove from foil and cut into bars. Store covered in the freezer.
Have a beautiful week!
XO _ britt

 

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