Raw Coconut Oatmeal Raisin Cereal Bars

June 8, 2011 · 19 comments

Happy fresh start to your week!  Do you remember the cleanse I started last week?  I did pretty good for most of the week.  BUT I didn’t realize what an addiction to white flour I have.  Sooooo…I had a weak moment Friday, and then Saturday, and enjoyed some delicious bread.

So this week I am hitting the “Do-Over” button!  I know I can beat this addiction, because I beat my soda and candy addiction.  I have had too many addictions in my day.  OR are there just too many delicious options out there?!?!

I should probably tell you that this month I am celebrating one year without soda!  Thank you to NoFizzCLT, and their 30 day no soda challenge.  I now don’t even have a craving for the sugary mess.

So wish me luck this week, and next, and next….

Now time for a fun recipe with the amazing coconut oil!

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of receiving a free 32 oz container of Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions.  Honestly when I got it I had no idea what to do with it.  I had never had coconut oil EVER!  I was obviously missing out.

I have since learned all the ways you can cook with coconut oil, and how healthy it is for the body.  For my cleanse, I knew I could not use butter.  Coconut oil is a wonderful alternative, and can be cooked at high temperatures without losing its healthy properties.  Instead of canola, olive, or even vegetable oil, coconut oil can be used in their place perfectly!

I found a recipe on Earth Balance’s website for a Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bar.  I decided to alter it, and make it more of a breakfast bar.  This bar would be a better alternative to buying a processed cereal bar at the store.  This bar is a perfect breakfast bar for my cleanse, and can be made in all kinds of different ways.  I have already made it two ways, both including coconut oil, of course!

Raw Coconut Oatmeal Raisin Cereal Bar

1/2 cup Golden Raisins

1/2 cup chopped dates

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 cup quick cook oats

About 1-2 Tbsp cinnamon

About 1 tsp nutmeg

About 1/2 – 1 cup honey or sorghum (homemade molasses)

1/4 – 1/2 cup coconut oil

Mix all the ingredients well in a mixing bowl. Grease 9×9 pan with coconut oil.  Place ingredients in pan, press down with spatula.  If you need to, put coconut oil on spatula and press mixture into pan.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes or more, and cut into squares.  Enjoy!

No equipment or cooking needed,  just a lot of love.  I made them the first time with chopped pecans, a great source of protein to start your morning!

The bars will probably fall apart some, be prepared to have a plate or napkin with you when you eat them.

The bar is packed full of flavor, and keeps me satisfied for a few hours until my lunch.  What is your favorite breakfast bar?

Now time for some fun!  It is a giveaway party! :-)

Who wants some of this delicious coconut oil?

*Raising Hand*…..oh wait I already have some, and I am so in love with it!  It has a beautiful strong flavor of coconut, and smells amazing all through the house when you cook with it.

Are you wondering what you could make with this delicious stuff if you win?  Well personally my mind has been working since I first tried it, but here is a link of some fun recipes to try.

What should you do to be a part of the giveaway?

You can follow me on Twitter at @CafeTerraBlog and let me know what you think of coconut oil, and if you have ever had it before.

Please leave me a comment below of your favorite way to use coconut oil.  Or please share with me if you have ever had coconut oil before, and some of your experiences.

For a bonus:

Head on over to twitter and follow @TropTraditions, leave them a message too!

Please subscribe to Tropical Traditions email newsletters.

I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to try such a beautiful product.  I look forward to making many more treats with it in the future.

Bonne Chance! (Good Luck!!)

Until next time, Come on over, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

 

 


 

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  • http://twitter.com/SofritoGringo Sofrito Gringo

    well, I already follow you on Twitter! And I would use the Coconut oil in any recipe that calls for shortening — like homemade oreos. I love coconut anything, so I love coconut oil for all types of cooking. Oh! In granola!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/lizzy.do Lizzy Do

    I have some coconut oil coming my way…and I’m contemplating how to use it myself!  Your cereal bars look wonderful…and the coconut flavor must be fabulous!!!

  • http://funandfearlessinbeantown.blogspot.com/ FunandFearlessinBeantown

    What a great giveaway!  I’ve never used coconut oil so I’d be curious to try it!

  • http://online-free-recipe.blogspot.com/ Free Online Recipes

    Great posting! It’s really helpful for me. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Belinda @zomppa

    Good luck with the no soda – you’re going to feel great! Love coconut oil.

  • http://twitter.com/TheSpicyRD EA Stewart

    First, congrats on kicking the soda habit!!!  Second, these bars look super yummy!  I like to use a variety of different oils when I cook.  I like cooking pancakes and french toast w/ coconut oil on the skillet.  It ads a nice flavor and cripsy texture.  I also sometime melt the coconut oil and use it in place of other oils in baked goods. Yum!

  • http://wildeinthekitchen.blogspot.com Vicki @ WITK

    A whole year without soda?  I’m very impressed!  I’ve never used coconut oil, so I’d have to search out some recipes.  I always like trying new things in the kitchen!

  • Kate@Diethood.com

    I haven’t had soda in a decade or so… hate the stuff. Well…not hate… I’ll take a Rum and Coke any day! ;-)
    Good luck with the rest!!

    The bars look extraordinary… I loooove coconut oil!

  • jane

    I love coconut oil and we use it for a butter substitute due to food allergies.  I want to try to make a coconut oil honey “butter” to put on muffins or toast.  :)  I follow you on facebook.

  • http://dreamaboutfood.blogspot.com Carolyn

    Fantastic bars, Terra, and I am a huge fan of coconut oil.  I love the softness it gives to baked goods.  I just may have to try it in bars like this next time!  They look delicious. 

  • http://dreamaboutfood.blogspot.com Carolyn

    BTW, I already follow both you and Tropical Traditions on Twitter.  Going to retweet this!

  • Sanjeeta kk

    Love the quick and easy granol bars..like the coconut oil in it.

  • http://katcupcake.blogspot.com Kat

    I love melting coconut oil and using it as a topping for ice cream or pancakes

  • http://katcupcake.blogspot.com Kat

    Following on twitter!

  • http://twitter.com/vogiyogi Michelle Vogiatzis

    Hi sweets! The bars sound delicious! Don’t sweat the bread thing. Have it and move on! And if you want butter choose organic all the way.  Toxins settle in the fat cells of butter so you want to make sure it’s organic.  Coconut oil is my first choice though…way to go, you rock!

  • http://www.pastrychefonline.com/ onlinepastrychef

    Oooh! Lucky!  I have been wanting to use coconut oil for a long time now.  Just haven’t gotten around to it. But the fact that it is so much more easily digested than butter sounds like a good thing.  Plus, a hit of coconut flavor would make a pound cake sing! I think. :)

  • fullbellysisters

    I love cooking and especially baking with coconut oil. Smells so amazing! I often substitute all or part of the butter in a recipe with coconut oil. This recipe sounds fantastic. Tweeting now!

  • Claire

    I like to use them in muffin recipes instead of butter.

  • Claire

    I subscribe to tt newsletters.

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