For those of us with a sweet tooth, it can be all too tempting to reach for those sugary snacks – but they’re not always good for the gut! Instead, why not try our Coconut & Vanilla Mini Bars? Easy and quick to make, there’s something incredibly special about this flavour combination.  

Whether you’re looking for a sweet lunch box treat or a handy picnic snack, Coconut & Vanilla Mini Bars are packed with important nutrients. They’re also great to grab-and-go!

Coconut & Vanilla Mini Bars – 12 bars

Ingredients

  • 100g organic desiccated coconut
  • 50g coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 8 drops vanilla essence
  • 20g stevia powder
  • Glaze – 90g melted dark chocolate for coating and 1 tbsp MCT coconut oil
  • 90g Cocoa butter (or equal to chocolate if using more or less)
Coconut Mini Bars

Instructions

  1. Mix the desiccated coconut, stevia, vanilla, melted coconut oil and coconut butter together in a bowl
  2. Pour the mixture into silicone molds and leave to freeze. This will usually take a couple of hours, or leave overnight
  3. Once solidified, coat the bars with melted chocolate and ensure full coverage
  4. Before the chocolate sets, decorate the bars with a sprinkle of desiccated coconut and allow to set on a rack
Coconut Mini Bars

Why is this good for the gut?

We can all get the odd craving for a sweet snack every now and again, but processed foods and high sugar content isn’t good for the gut! High sugar intake can reduce the numbers of ‘good’ gut bacteria that work hard to support the body in many important ways. Our recipe uses dark chocolate, which usually contains less sugar than milk or white chocolate, while still satisfying those cravings. Desiccated coconut is a mainstay of cooking and baking and comes with some great nutritional benefits. Importantly, it’s a great source of fibre, which is important for digestive health and wellbeing. Desiccated coconut is also a source of minerals, such as selenium, copper and manganese.

Recipe developed by @lets_eat_better_together

Meet Navneeta Gough (@lets_eat_better_together), a mother of two young children who is passionate about using the power of food to make positive health changes. She embarked on her own wellness journey and found that supporting good gut bacteria is the key. Navneeta has transformed her health and wellbeing through diet prompted by her experience with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and lost an impressive 5 stone in just two years. We’ve partnered with Navneeta to develop a range of nutritious ‘gut-friendly’ recipes for you to try! As well as trying out Navneeta’s gut-friendly recipe yourself, why not visit her Instagram account and follow her journey?

Navneeta

Gut health doesn’t need to be complex – there are handy everyday options for supporting your good gut bugs. Get inspired and take a look at our other ideas below: 

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