Friday, November 19, 2010

Crunch Time

Oh ya, you heard me. It’s crunch time! I mean, HOLIDAY crunch time. Seriously, a little over a month till Christmas???? Where the heck did that come from. I promise it was just the 4th of July and I was eating BBQ with the family. Time does fly and I definitely need to remember to slow down and ENJOY the special moments of the season.  The moments of thanks and giving! And even though I HATE shopping (yes I said it, I hate going to the mall), I love buying gifts (online) and making goodies for my family and friends!! Speaking of online, have you seen all the amazing deals on CSN?!! I totally want to buy one of these sling backpacks for ME my family’s secret Santa exchange.
But before I order all my gifts, I thought I might need to make few for the neighbors, clients, etc. You know, its like a “thank you for putting up me all year” treat! haha! I found this recipe on MDA and decided to tweak it “Cotter Crunch” style.

Hazelnut Fig Coconut Bark

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  • 1 cup melted coconut oil (I used Tropical Traditions)
  • 1/4  cup toasted shredded coconut
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2  cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 4 large dried figs- chopped
  • 1-2 tsp sweetener of choice (optional)
  • 25 grams vanilla protein powder (optional)
Instructions:
Mix together oil, coconut, figs, protein, and nuts. Line a pan with parchment paper.  Pour the oil mixture onto the parchment paper. Freeze for at least 30 minutes then remove and break apart into pieces to create bark. Store in the freezer.
I may have stolen a few pieces already!
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We’re off to house sit and dog sit for this next week. Should be very entertaining with 3 dogs under one roof. I might be treating them with some of my “bark” in order to behave. Sorry, corniness runs in the family. Thanks dad!
Do you do your holiday shopping online or make gifts? I am up for any all ideas!
Cheers,
LC
p.s. Need some snack ideas? Hungry Runner Girl  just posted some awesome snack ideas from several different bloggers. Check it out here and here.

46 comments:

purplebirdblog said...

That picture of you is too cute! And that bark looks fabulous!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

Does the bark taste super coconutty?? I've never used coconut oil b/c I'm not a coconut fan (but I do use coconut milk...).

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

it actually wasn't that coconutty. I would take out the coconut flakes and maybe add in melted PB or almond butter about 1/4 cup and the other 3/4 cup coconut oil. That might help. You could also take out the figs and add in chocolate chips or cocoa to make it a hazelnut cocoa bark. Let me know if you try it!
glad you had a great day!!

Bre said...

omg...melted peanut butter...that would be incredible...I'm sitting here drooling on my keyboard. cocoa- oh that just makes it even better. chocolate hazelnut peanut coconut mmmmmmm!

Kristina @ spabettie said...

hee!! love the photo of you! ;)

I do not like malls either, AND I LOVE to get packages, even if they are for others... I do much of my shopping online.

I also make gifts for my girly friends - salt and sugar scrubs :)

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

Thanks for the linkage:) I love the picture of you!! Your bark looks so good and I love that you say it is for people that have to put up with you all year, yeah right! I love shopping but not when it is crazy busy so I usually shop for Christmas online too. Thanks for the recipe, I can't wait to try it. Have fun dog-sitting, I bet there will be some great stories.

SSB said...

last year I made all my gifts...food, custom printed tee shirts. It was fun, but took a lot of time. I'll probably do 50/50 this year. lots of food and then some store bought stuff.

*Naomi* said...

hahaah I love that picture of you!!! these sound so different! I love that you used a combo of coconut and fig!! YUM!

redhead75 said...

Oh these sound so good! I need some figs :)

april said...

Ok, I have got to make this!! Now that I've increased calories I've increased the fat.. and this looks perfect!!

Dorry said...

this looks easy and delicious! you are a brown-haired beauty.

this year, Billy and I are getting creative with Christmas gifts. baking & making. :)

Zoe said...

I love coconut and figs! I'm super excited you put them both together!

wholewheatorbust said...

I dont typically like to leave comments that are like "Nice food!" because they can get a bit boring, you know?... but... I have to this time that I am SO IMPRESSED by this recipe. It is so different and creative! Seriously a holiday gem :)

Anna said...

I can't figure out if BCS Mall has gone downhill or if I'm just getting over-the-hill. I used to love shopping there, but now I find it aggravating for a lot of different reasons. Case in point, Victoria's Secret. I was thinking about buying something there, but the store was filled with sketchy looking guys texting and using iPhones outside the dressing room area. Ick.

Shannon said...

wow, that is so interesting... i think i need to try it :) i've sent out cookies to my friends the past few years, hopefully i can get my act together soon i don't know how it's already almost thanksgiving!

Fit Chick in the City said...

That sounds so good right now! Heading over to Hungry Runner Girl's place to checkout her stuff. Thanks for the link!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

I am pretty sure we are the same person or maybe I am just trying to be just like you!!!

kris | iheartwellness.com said...

oh no you didn't! This bark looks freaking amazing and now I am going to make it and eat it all!!!

At least it is healthy :)

Great post doll!
xxoo

Nichole said...

OK, how have I never heard of that combination?! That "bark" should get you through the week:)

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

oooh yummo! This looks delish!

Faith @ lovelyascharged said...

Anytime I hear hazelnut I'm automatically excited :) I think I'll be making most of my goodies to give this year...this recipe could very well make it into a few gift baskets!!!

Eden said...

I'm in favor of the "Cotter Candy Shop" opening soon! Chock full of your gluten free genius creations.
People never get me gifts! they assume just because I'm jewish I dont take or give chirstmas gifts!

Abby said...

I'm drooling!! SEND ME SOME!!!

Mindy said...

I love this! You have the best healthy shortcuts for "naughty" food! I'll be making these puppies soon!
xo
Mindy@FindingSilverLinings
http://fisilis.wordpress.com

allieksmith said...

Christmas has really snuck up on me this year too! Your bark looks and sounds really, really amazing :) I love coconut!!!

Mo said...

I thought I was the only woman alive that hates malls and hates shopping. Like dread - big time. I could be bribed with some of your coconut bark. :-)

-Nellie and Jonathan said...

Ok, I'll be honest. I'm now your blog follower just because of the picture in your header :) :) Anything that makes me drool at first sight is worth following.
Bonus....your bark looks yummy too!

Nellie
http://midlifecruiser.blogspot.com
(I'm a 36 year old full time RVer who loves to eat and travel!)

Kelly said...

Looks yummy!! Make me some! :)

ERG said...

I can't believe how good that food looks! Ah! It's torture!! 30 miles from a real grocery store probably saves my life. :)

Great blog you have here!!

carascravings said...

Mmmmm...That looks divine!
I can just imagine the yummy
coconut flavors bursting through.

LindsLovesMiles said...

Ahh your bark is seriously making me drool! Looks so yum!

TheFitnessFreak said...

Yum, yum, yum ,yum! I am so making this!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Lindsay!

Nicole

Mo said...

I thought I was the only woman alive that hates malls and hates shopping. Like dread - big time. I could be bribed with some of your coconut bark. :-)

Anna said...

I can't figure out if BCS Mall has gone downhill or if I'm just getting over-the-hill. I used to love shopping there, but now I find it aggravating for a lot of different reasons. Case in point, Victoria's Secret. I was thinking about buying something there, but the store was filled with sketchy looking guys texting and using iPhones outside the dressing room area. Ick.

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

Thanks for the linkage:) I love the picture of you!! Your bark looks so good and I love that you say it is for people that have to put up with you all year, yeah right! I love shopping but not when it is crazy busy so I usually shop for Christmas online too. Thanks for the recipe, I can't wait to try it. Have fun dog-sitting, I bet there will be some great stories.

Kristina @ spabettie said...

hee!! love the photo of you! ;)

I do not like malls either, AND I LOVE to get packages, even if they are for others... I do much of my shopping online.

I also make gifts for my girly friends - salt and sugar scrubs :)

Anna said...

I can't figure out if BCS Mall has gone downhill or if I'm just getting over-the-hill. I used to love shopping there, but now I find it aggravating for a lot of different reasons. Case in point, Victoria's Secret. I was thinking about buying something there, but the store was filled with sketchy looking guys texting and using iPhones outside the dressing room area. Ick.

carascravings said...

Mmmmm...That looks divine!
I can just imagine the yummy
coconut flavors bursting through.

allieksmith said...

Christmas has really snuck up on me this year too! Your bark looks and sounds really, really amazing :) I love coconut!!!

Abby said...

I'm drooling!! SEND ME SOME!!!

kris | iheartwellness.com said...

oh no you didn't! This bark looks freaking amazing and now I am going to make it and eat it all!!!

At least it is healthy :)

Great post doll!
xxoo

Anna said...

I can't figure out if BCS Mall has gone downhill or if I'm just getting over-the-hill. I used to love shopping there, but now I find it aggravating for a lot of different reasons. Case in point, Victoria's Secret. I was thinking about buying something there, but the store was filled with sketchy looking guys texting and using iPhones outside the dressing room area. Ick.

Zoe said...

I love coconut and figs! I'm super excited you put them both together!

redhead75 said...

Oh these sound so good! I need some figs :)

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

it actually wasn't that coconutty. I would take out the coconut flakes and maybe add in melted PB or almond butter about 1/4 cup and the other 3/4 cup coconut oil. That might help. You could also take out the figs and add in chocolate chips or cocoa to make it a hazelnut cocoa bark. Let me know if you try it!
glad you had a great day!!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

Thanks for the linkage:) I love the picture of you!! Your bark looks so good and I love that you say it is for people that have to put up with you all year, yeah right! I love shopping but not when it is crazy busy so I usually shop for Christmas online too. Thanks for the recipe, I can't wait to try it. Have fun dog-sitting, I bet there will be some great stories.