In preparation for the upcoming holiday, I've been cooking and baking up a storm. I like to do "trial runs" ahead of time, especially when I'm using new recipes. Like I am this year. I think I'm only using one tried and true recipe - for smashed potatoes. And if I were able to find a way to mess up smashed potatoes, I should be banished from the kitchen.
Since I love the combination of coconut and chocolate, I decided to make Magical Coconut Bars from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Jar. (Follow the link to see the recipe. I don't want to publish a recipe from this awesome book without permission.)
Not the most exciting photo, I know. But I can tell you that people I work with raved about these bars. As with all of the other vegan recipes I've been making lately, no one could tell they weren't "normal."
I thought they were just ok. I used light coconut milk in an attempt to make them less gluttonous, and I feel like it game them an odd flavor. I also under-baked them accidentally because my oven hates me. (Time to invest in an oven thermometer!) But...if you're looking for a dessert to make for an upcoming holiday, this is a great recipe. It makes a heck of a lot of bars (24) and could feed a small army.
I have a few more trials runs to complete this weekend...stuffing...vegan pumpkin pie cheesecake. Good thing I'm running in the Pigskin Classic 5K tomorrow morning to at least burn off a few of the calories I'm going to pack on.