Cho-Coconut Luna Bars

I told you these would happen.

Well, they had to happen.. I made them over a week ago.  Ugh… there are so many pretty photographed things that I’ve made way longer than a week ago that have yet to see the light of “blog”.  I never really know what to do when that happens.

Most of my recipes have anecdotes, meanings, jokes, stories… but when I made the food a month ago… all of those memories that usually cling to things that I make.. fade.

Because I’m sixty. And I can’t remember before October.

Ok not true. I can.  But I’d have to sit on the comfy couch covered with purple blankets for a really long time making a really hard thinking-face that my roommates might mistake for something else and tell me to get off the couch right now.

More proof that I’m sixty.  Also I can’t hear.  It makes for good misinterpretations by me always.  I’d love to share them with you but, duh, I can’t remember them right now.

Sixty.

Right, moral of the story… I think I have to abandon those recipes that didn’t have time to make it to the blog and just move on forward.  The emotional connections… they’re gone.  I’ll make new ones.

These babies are super fresh in my mind. YUM.

I don’t know if you guys have had Luna bars.  They occupy a pretty special place in my heart/mind/thing.

1) I was an athlete kid, sports nutrition bars were exciting and seemed super necessary for me to be a super powerful athlete.

2) Luna bars were made for GIRLS.  Woah, special.

3) Chocolatey-Crispy-Gooey goodness that I got to pretend was a health food.

This is not a health food.  No there’s no refined sugar, but they’re as sweet as my freaking roommates. Don’t be fooled. Also, you control the amount of protein and other goodness in them based on the amount of powders etc. that you throw in.

Oh and yes, obviously these were also made for Coralie. These are good. There was only half of a pan left for Coralie.

Cho-Coconut Luna Bars

Inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie

Base Layer:

  • 3 cups brown rice crisps
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup agave or maple syrup
  • 2 Tbs peanut butter
  • Scoop protein powder (or as much as you’re willing!)
Grease a 9X13 pyrex dish.  Melt liquid ingredients together over the stove, then pour over rice crisps and protein powder and mix.  Press firmly, extra extra firmly into the bottom of the dish. I squished them with the bottom of a cup.
Coconut Layer:
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup earth balance or other vegan butter
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
Saute the coconut in a sauce pan over med-high until you can smell it toasting.  Add the rest of the ingredients and melt together.  Spread in a thin layer over the rice crisp layer.
Chocolate Layer
  • 4-5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
Melt together chocolate and oil over a double boiler. Spread over the coconut layer.  It may look like it won’t cover it but it straight up will. Use a spatula. You’ve got this. Refrigerate or freeze the whole tray.  Wait until absolutely solid to cut!
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10 responses to “Cho-Coconut Luna Bars

  1. Freya

    Big, better, best. bigger than the rest.. til the big is bigger and the better is best.
    I think that is sort of a legit couplet thing, but I may have taken liberties with it… scratch that, I definitely took liberties. Big is supposed to be good. But what I was really trying to say before I got sidetrackered was: BEST BARS EVER.
    And I realize sidetrackered isn’t a word… but it was a typo, and after seeing it’s awesomeness, I don’t know why it isn’t a word.
    word.

  2. YUM! And way cooler than the actual packaged bars with a jillion ingredients. I know most of them are natural, but it still seems like a lot for a rice crisp bar with chocolate. Yours look delicious and wholesome :)

  3. Yes! These will be the perfect snack for a crazy grad school life!

  4. Yummy bars!! Loved the way you made them and the recipe was so stepwise, thanks for that!

    http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com

  5. Coralie Ullyett

    Loved the Britt styled Luna Bars! :)
    I had to spread the Luna Bar love so I gave them to all of my family members and they absoutley loved them. They think you are a super woman Britt.

  6. You should try subbing the earth balance for coconut oil!
    I am going to try that when I try this recipe. These look great, thanks for the inspiration. =)

  7. Freya

    Making these babies today, aaawwwwwwllll riiiighhhht.

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