Creamy Cashew Hazelnut Bars

Simple can be fantastic. Yes, a lot of things I make require some special ingredients or certain proteins in order to get just the right taste and consistency, but these? These decadent bars have less than six ingredients and are so simple to prepare.

The bottom layer is filled with two main ingredients—cashews and coconut—which provide these treats with antioxidants, essential minerals and plenty of vitamins. The healthy monounsaturated fat in the cashews is similar to that found in olive oil, and much of the coconut fat comes in the form of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are transported to the liver and used as energy in the body. How’s THAT for a healthy dessert?

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For the top layer I used one of my favorites: Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. This stuff is basically Nutella, except WAY BETTER because it is made with REAL ingredients like nuts, organic sugar, sea salt, vanilla… you know, things that happen to be found in nature. Then I drizzled chocolate over each bar because quite frankly I couldn’t see a reason not to.

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Completely free of gluten, soy and dairy plus being almost Paleo… these bars are proof that healthy doesn’t have to mean boring or gross!

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Note: FiberYum can be substituted for another sticky syrup like honey, maple syrup or agave… just know that it will change the macros.

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