Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Vegan Samoas breakfast bars

A few years ago, I made Samoas bars. Essentially, they were copycat Girl Scout cookies except in a bar form. They took forever to make, and they only tasted OK.  Needless to say, I haven't made them since.

I thought that it would be fun to try redeem myself and make Samoas in a breakfast bar form. These bars only require 5 ingredients and 2 minutes in the food processor. Addie and I made these for my husband one morning, and she even helped me push the buttons on the food processor. Of course, she had to taste test the bars to make sure that her daddy would approve. Well, he did better than that - he actually declared that these bars tasted better than the real Samoas cookies. And trust me, he is a fan of Samoas cookies, so this statement is pretty significant.

You'll probably want to double (triple, or quadruple) this recipe because you'll love it that much. At least we did. If you're not a fan of coconut, these would taste amazing without the shredded coconut too.

Vegan Samoas breakfast bars
  • Packed 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/16 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1-2 TBSP chocolate chips or bar (to make these completely vegan, you can use vegan chocolate chips), plus more for topping and drizzling if desired
Directions
In a food processor or extremely high-powered blender (like a Vitamix or Blendtec), blend all the ingredients together.Transfer to a flat surface and shape into breakfast bars (I used my silicone spatula and pressed it into my silicone 8x8 inch square pan; Keep in mind that I doubled the recipe above and only pressed the bars to fill up half the 8x8 inch pan... so the bars took up 4x8 inches).

Top with additional chocolate chips and drizzle with melted chocolate if desired. Allow the melted chocolate on top to set before cutting into bars.

The bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for one week, if they even last that long.

Yield: About two (2) breakfast bars

Source: Chocolate-Covered Katie

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