Almond Joy + Samoa Cookies + Millionaire's Shortbread = Coconut Almond Chocolate Layer Bars

I just made the best treat I have ever eaten. It's samoa cookies meets almond joy meets millionaire's shortbread. And the best thing? It's HEALTHY. I repeat, HEALTHY. Not low calorie, not light, but made with no refined sugars and only wholesome, real food ingredients. And you wouldn't know the difference.

I promise. One bite and you'll be sold. I wish words could do these bars justice. But they really just can't. I don't know what more to tell you. THESE ARE THE BEST THINGS EVER. Dessert, tea time, breakfast, snack, please just eat them anytime. They are gooey, fudgy, crunchy, chocolately, lip-smacking and out-of-this-world scrumptious.

Have you ever felt speechless? Well, that's the way I feel about these bars. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll leave you to it.

If you haven't got the gist yet, MAKE THESE BARS. NOW. They are absolutely crazy delicious.

For the "crust":
2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup baby oats
3 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp salt

For the middle layer:
1 1/2 cup dates, pitted and soaked in warm water
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup coconut milk

For the chocolate topping:
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 175 C.
Brush an 8"x 8" square baking pan with some coconut oil.
Throw the baby oats in a food processor and give them a quick pulse. Add in the rest of the crust ingredients: coconut oil, desiccated coconut, honey, salt and almond meal and process until a moist crumble dough forms. Press this mixture into the base of the baking pan. Bake for 12 minutes until the top of the crust has become a light golden brown.

Meanwhile, make the middle layer. Drain the dates. Add the dates and coconut milk into a food processor and process until an almost smooth puree forms. Mix in the desiccated coconut. Once the crust is cooled slightly, spread this mixture evenly across the crust and place in fridge to cool.

Melt the chocolate chips, dark chocolate and milk in a double boiler until silky smooth. Remove pan out of fridge and pour the chocolate mixture on top. Even it out and place back in the fridge for an hour until the chocolate has set.

Cut into squares and store in the fridge.

ENJOY! This deserves more than an enjoy so, devour!

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