One of the advantages of using coconut oil in cooking is that coconut oil can be heated to very high temperatures. While it contains saturated fat, the medium chain fatty acids provide immediate energy. This means that coconut oil does not settle on the body as fat, and makes it a helpful aid to weight loss. These bars are called health bars, rather than flapjacks, because they are different from the usual cereal bars made with hydrogenated fats and sugar.
These health bars are ideal to eat prior to a gym workout, as the nuts provide protein, monounsaturated fats, and adequate calories to encourage brain satisfaction. Coconut oil helps the ingredients bind and gives it a slight sweetness. Dried apricots contain potassium to lower high blood pressure and the natural fruit sugars control blood glucose levels. Pecan nuts are expensive and calorific, but filling.
- 3 cups of pecan nuts
- 1 ½ cups of dried or soaked apricots
- 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil
- Use a food processor to blend the pecan, apricots and coconut oil. Blend until the ingredients start to bind together.
- Pour out the ingredients into a baking tin, cut into even squares, and put into the fridge for several hours until they have slightly hardened.
The above mixture will make 18 to 30 health bars, depending on size. Experiment with different ingredients, including mixed nuts, cranberries and dried figs, or use half nuts and half muesli with dried fruit. No fat is necessary, although coconut oil is a healthier option than butter or margarine.