Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie Bars

Last night we were invited to dinner at my Uncle and Aunt's house, to meet my Aunt's niece and her husband and baby who were in town visiting from Kansas. We were having an all vegan dinner because my Aunt's niece and her family are vegans. So I offered to bring the dessert! I have never made a vegan dessert before so I did some researching online and found this recipe for chocolate chip coconut cookie bars that looked really good. I found the recipe from another blog called passion 4 eating. The recipe is super simple and tastes great! You would never know that it was vegan! Here is the recipe:
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unrefined granulated sugar
1/2 cup melted coconut oil (found this at central market or could get at whole foods too) this in place of butter
1/3 of a ripe banana, mashed (this is in place of the 1 egg)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (make sure they don't have any milk fat in them)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 35o degrees, lightly grease an 8x8 baking pan
Melt the coconut oil and allow to cool to room temp.
In a large bowl add the sugars and the cooled coconut oil and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Then add the mashed banana and the vanilla. Beat again until well combined. In a smaller bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt until well mixed, then add to the sugar mixture. Mix until well blended but do not over beat. Add the chocolate chips and the coconut, mix well.
Scoop batter into baking pan. Smooth it out, and press evenly into pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool slightly before slicing into squares.

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