coconut oil no bake bars

Coconut oil. This is a bandwagon that I am super late to jump onto. I blame my husband, he dislikes coconut and honestly everything I have ever tasted that uses coconut oil, tastes like coconut. According to Authority Nutrition, coconut oil can do everything from boost your brain energy to help your body burn more calories. Sign me up! I recently started using it on my nails and cuticles, and I am loving the effect! I love a painted nail but know that long term it can make my nails look dull and tired, well coconut oil fixed that right up. I also love using it as a moisturizer on my hands, AZ is dry people! So, I am easing into cooking with it by using it as a beauty treatment, not bad right? 

I am currently loving Trader Joe's coconut oil. It is easy on the wallet and the perfect size for what I am using! Here is a great article highlighting their coconut oil! 

You might be wondering how my using coconut oil on my nails can turn into a #freezerlovefriday post. Well, wonder no more! I am here to introduce you to these amazing No Bake Bars. I made an entire sheet, and continued to eat the entire sheet. So, the next time I made them, I ate half and froze half. It was wonderful to have something in the freezer that I could take out and enjoy, when I was in the mood. 

The original recipe and where I got my inspiration, can be found at Money Saving Mom. Mine is slightly different, but not too much! 

1 cup peanut butter
½ cup agave in the raw(or honey)
½ cup coconut oil (you could also substitute butter)
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 ¼ cups dark chocolate chips (or regular semi-sweet chocolate chips, if you prefer)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt the peanut butter, agave in the raw, and coconut oil over medium-low heat in a saucepan on the stove.
Remove from heat once it’s melted together and add in the oats, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, and vanilla. Stir together until the chocolate is completely melted.
Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and cool in the fridge. 
When the mixture is hardened, cut into bars and eat. Make sure you store them in the fridge, they will melt quickly!

Since this is a #freezerlovefriday post, I want to let you know how I stored mine in the freezer. I cut them into two smallish square pieces and placed them in a zip lock. This made it so easy to reach in and grab one (or two) to enjoy when I needed my chocolate fix. Unfortunately, I gobbled them all up before I snapped a pic! So, trust me on this one, it was perfect frozen!
I promise you will not be disappointed by these yummy bars! They are perfect for a grab n go snack or late night craving.

Happy freezing,

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