You GUYS! I can’t believe I have not shared this yet! I typed it up several months ago, and it’s been sitting in my drafts just waiting. Today is your lucky day! It’s no secret I have a major sweet tooth. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to do Whole 30 for the second time…to get a handle on my sugar addiction, which was out.of.control! (You can read my thoughts regarding my second round of Whole 30 here) But guess what you can’t have when you’re doing Whole 30? Yep. Sweets. Bummer, huh? Enter these delicious coconut cashew squares which are pretty much sent from heaven!
Now, technically you’re not supposed to substitute processed sugary treats for other sweet things while you are on Whole 30. All of the Whole 30 rule followers are going to slap me on the hand for that. The idea is that you are trying to train your brain to stop craving sweet things, especially after a savory meal, when you wold most likely have dessert.
But, sometimes you just need a little something sweet! Am I right? I don’t think I would have survived the full 30 days without these little babies in my arsenal.
Although they are made from ingredients which are all Whole 30 compliant, just try to avoid abusing them as a dessert substitute too often! While they are made from natural sugars, it’s still sugar.
Ok, now I’ll get off my Whole 30 soapbox and share these amazing squares with you!
1/2 c raw cashews
1/2 raw almonds
1 1/2 cups dates, pitted
3/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
Add all nuts to a food processor and process until they are fine and crumbly. Add the dates and coconut, then continue to process until everything is combined. You will want to stop the processor and scrape the sides a few times to ensure all of the chunks get chopped up. Line a pan or baking dish with plastic wrap. This will help you get them out of the pan after they harden. Pour the mixture into the pan and press firmly. I used a pyrex dish that measured 7×5, and it yielded squares which were about 1″ thick. Cover and refrigerate. Cut bars to desired size and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or in the freezer.
The possibilities are endless with this basic starter recipe! I love them as is, but they would also be delicious with dried cranberries, chocolate chips, dried apricots… So many options!