I am always looking for an easy to make, delicious to eat, and nourishing for the body treat for my son. Something not too loaded with sugar but still tasty enough that he will eat it. Bonus points if it is a snack type recipe that can double as a dessert or party food to share.

I try to eat a lot of coconut since it is oh so good for the body. I also try to incorporate a lot of veggies into our meals and snacks. When I saw a recipe for oatmeal bars, I knew I could improve on them and create exactly what I like to serve my family.

The end result? This. This delicious snack/dessert. Slightly chewy, moist and crumbly, and just a bit sweet. These gluten free oatmeal coconut bars are always a hit in my house!

Gluten Free Oatmeal Coconut Bars

Gluten Free Oatmeal Coconut Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice ( I have subbed coconut milk before and it was good)
  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free baking mix OR 1/2 cup sifted coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • /2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups grated carrots or zucchini or a combination of both
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the apple juice (or milk) over medium-high heat until gently boiling. Add the oats, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed.
  3. In the meantime, combine flour, flax seed, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, applesauce, carrots/zucchini and eggs.
  5. Fold into flour mixture.
  6. Add oatmeal mixture and stir until just blended.
  7. Spoon into baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of coconut.
  8. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes. You want the bars slightly chewy but crispy on the outside.

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Winter is still going strong and with it comes the lingering smells of the holiday season. Peppermint, pine, and rich spices.

Call me a nature junkie but I just love to pair the soaps I am using with the seasons. I mean, I just can’t enjoy my shower as much in the winter if I am using a summer time inspired bar. My soul longs to be surrounded by seasonal olfactory experiences.

Good thing I created an amazing Peppermint Pine Bar! This bar will drown you in the warm embrace of winter while putting some major pep in your step. This makes is perfect for those long, dreary winter days and cold winter nights.

Peppermint Pine Bar

What do I put in the Peppermint Pine bar? Love and some nourishing ingredients. Check them out:

  • Organic virgin coconut oil
  • Organic sustainable palm oil
  • Organic olive oil
  • Organic sunflower oil
  • Distilled water
  • Organic fair trade cocoa butter
  • Essential oil blend of peppermint, copaiba balsam, and fir needle
  • Organic peppermint leaf
  • Organic rosemary extract

Why is this bar a great choice for most skin types?

  • Coconut oil protects and sooths all skin types.
  • The organic olive oil is naturally high in antioxidants and helps condition skin – a huge plus during cold winter weather.
  • Cocoa butter digs deep to rejuvenate damaged pores.
  • Peppermint essential oil is a natural anti-septic which makes this bar is an excellent choice for acne, oily, combination, balanced, mature and ‘it’s complicated’ skin types.
  • The entire bar is stimulating and moisture rich, simply a great choice for winter!

So there you have it! A winter inspired bar guaranteed to put some pep into your step! Why not try some today. You can find it here.

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