SAMOA COOKIE BARS

There's so much I want to tell you, yet nothing seems to want to travel from my brain to the keyboard. I don't know what's happening. So this is either going to be a short post, or a ramble, but either way I won't be hurt if you jump ahead to this bomb recipe. A friend of mine from the gym found a photo on facebook of some insanley delicous looking samoa brownie cookie chocolately heavenly like bars and asked me if I could make them paleo. And since I love her, I did it. It was torture though because I wanted to eat all of them, but I couldn't because I'm doing the whole30 right now, but I'm on day 27! So that's exciting right? Not really when you have these starring you in the face, but it's all good. And I mean who does a 21 Day Sugar Detox, straight into a whole30? Crazy people thats who. And yes I know I'm slightly crazy, it's no secret. So anyway that's that. What else is happening in my life? Since you're all dying to know. We're doing the CrossFit open competition and luckily I'm competing on a very beastly team because I sprained my wrist last week and it's ruined my hopes and dreams of dominating the leaderboard. Okay, it hasn't ruined my hopes and dreams, but it does suck. We were working on a 3 rep max hang clean and on my third one my elbow collided with my knee sending 195 lbs of force onto my wrist. Yes it was devastating. I managed to tape the crap out of it and get 8 muscle ups on last weeks workout, but this week doing cleans was not fun. I did a decent amount, but I had to be extremely cautious on each one. So when you see me fall off the leaderboard you will know why, but like I said, my team kicks ass so I'm not worried. I'll be well rested by regionals and probably more fit than I would be if I hadn't sprained my wrist. Strange I know, but I'm a pretty crappy runner, and I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot of running the next few weeks. So be scared, I'm coming for you.

Samoa Cookie Bars
Prep 30 min
Cooking 30 min
Serves 16 bars

INGREDIENTS

Cookie Base:

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Topping:

  • 3 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10 oz. dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Lightly grease a pan (I used a 9x9 because it was all I had)
  3. In a large bowl blend the coconut sugar and coconut oil, then beat in the egg, almond milk and vanilla
  4. Slowly add in the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder and salt and continue beating until a dough forms
  5. Spread the dough into the pan and bake for 25-35 minutes
  6. If you have a separate oven preheat it to 300, otherwise wait until the cookie base is done cooking and preheat to 300
  7. Spread the coconut flakes onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes
  8. While thats toasting pour the water and coconut sugar in a medium sauce pan and bring to boil, then reduce to medium high heat and let simmer until it reaches 270F (do not stir)
  9. While that is simmering pour the coconut milk into a separate sauce pan and bring to a low simmer
  10. When the sugar reaches 270F pour the coconut milk in and whisk together for a minute or so until it's smooth
  11. Pour the sauce into a bowl, stir in the vanilla extract and then the toasted coconut
  12. Spread this on top of the cookie
  13. Finally prepare the chocolate by melting it in a small bowl in the microwave. Be sure to stir it about every 45 seconds to prevent burning. It should be melted in 2 minutes or so
  14. When the bars have cooled, cut them into squares, dip each one in the chocolate and place on parchment paper, then drizzle each with additional chocolate. I used a bag and cut a hole in the corner to squirt the chocolate on top (if you have something fancier then use that)
  15. Let the chocolate set until it's hard again