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Vivica Menegaz

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Hi I am Vivica, welcome to my blog! I am a certified nutritionist and the creator of the Healing Foods Method. My philosophy of healing is to let the right foods delight you, nourish you and make you healthy!

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Keto Coconut Chia Bars

- Keto Coconut Chia Bars are a delicious snack and a great way to get more fiber! Make them in batches and take them with you everywhere!Chia seeds have become quite the hype in the health food world. While I don’t think they’ll give you ancient superpowers, I do think they make a great addition to a well-rounded keto-paleo diet.

Mayan and Aztec cultures were cultivating chia seeds long before health gurus began touting their health benefits. Chia seeds were so valuable at one point, they were used as currency!

Granted I may not be able to trade my chia seeds for a million dollars, I do value them for their nutritional qualities. Here are just some reasons why I love to include chia seeds on keto-paleo.

Helps to Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

Studies suggest consuming chia seeds may help in improving glucose metabolism and reducing insulin resistance (source). Consequently, the more steady your blood sugar, the more steady your energy and mood levels.

Rich in Fiber

Around 83% of the carbs in these seeds are made up of fiber (a large portion of which is insoluble fiber). This is important because fiber helps regulate insulin levels, promotes a healthy gut by providing prebiotics and is associated with lowering the risk of many chronic illnesses (source).

Keto Coconut Chia Bars By The Nourished Caveman - Keto Coconut Chia Bars are a delicious snack and a great way to get more fiber! Make them in batches and take them with you everywhere!Excellent Nutrient to Calorie Ratio

Chia seeds are indeed little nutrient bombs. A 100g serving would satisfy your recommended daily intake of the minerals phosphorous, copper, manganese and selenium. Furthermore, they provide a hefty dose of many more micronutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc (source).

High in Protein and Fat

One ounce of chia seeds (about 2 tablespoons), contain 4g of protein and 4.9g of omega-3 fatty acids. Coupled with their ability to soak up water and fiber content, they’ll help you feel fuller for longer!

 

How to Use Chia Seeds

When left to soak in a liquid, these little black and white seeds turn gelatinous. Hence they make a great substitute in keto-paleo eating for recipes like pudding, porridge, smoothies and baked treats. In this particular recipe, the chia seeds take on the flavor of the vanilla and coconut. Furthermore, baking allows you to make a shelf-stable snack to take on the road. Finally, the cashew nuts give it that extra creamy, crunchy surprise. What is there not to love?

Keto Coconut Chia Bars By The Nourished Caveman - Keto Coconut Chia Bars are a delicious snack and a great way to get more fiber! Make them in batches and take them with you everywhere!

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Coconut Chia Bars
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6 bars
  • Serving size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 164
  • Fat: 14 gr
  • Carbohydrates: 3.5 gr NET
  • Fiber: 6 gr
  • Protein: 4 gr
Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup shredded dried coconut meat, unswetened
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners Swerve
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup cashews
Instructions
  1. Soak the chia seeds in the ½ cup of water for about 15 minutes, until they become gelatinous.
  2. Now pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Mix the soaked chia seeds with the shredded coconut, coconut oil, confectioners Swerve and vanilla extract, until all ingredients are well blended. You can use a spoon or your hands.
  4. At the end add the cashews and mix in.
  5. Line a 9"x9" oven pan with parchment paper.
  6. Place the chia coconut mix on the parchment paper and flatten with your hands until it fills the whole space. Should become about ¾" thick.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden at the edges and dry in the middle. You can insert a toothpick in the middle to check dryness.
  8. Let cool in the pan, then remove and cut into 6 bars or 9 squares.

Keto Coconut Chia Bars By The Nourished Caveman - Keto Coconut Chia Bars are a delicious snack and a great way to get more fiber! Make them in batches and take them with you everywhere!

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Comments 14

  1. These do look really fun and easy and I suffer from energy in the mornings a lot so I think this might help to perk me up!

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      Hi Melissa, thank you, sounds like your adrenals might need help though 😉

  2. Jazzmin says:

    Any suggestions for a swerve replacement? I’m hoping to substitute with an easily accessible ingredient

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      You can use powdered Stevia, it should be easily available anywhere!!

    • ken says:

      Yes but do not use the same quantity it will be inedible as Stevia is much stronger. You should be able to find the conversion online. An alternative is another natural sweetener like XYlitol

  3. Danielle says:

    I was just wondering what other nut I could use in replace of the cashews? I don’t want to change the nutritional information too much. Something that would be as close as possible, just because I don’t have cashews on hand.

  4. Kriszta says:

    Great recipe!! I’m wondering how long can I keep in the fridge? Or is it possible to freeze. I will be the only one eating at my house. As much I could eat the whole thing I shouldn’t;)
    Thank you

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      You can totally freeze it….It will probably keep at least 2 weeks in the fridge 🙂
      thank you
      Vivica

  5. Jill says:

    Is the dried coconut the same as toasted coconut in the grocery store? I got just shredded unsweetened (not toasted), which I guess has a lot more calories. 🙁 But they were still great! Thank you!

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      Yes, it is untoasted coconut with no sugar – is that what you got?

  6. Cheri says:

    could i use Macadamia nuts in this?

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