A Sugar Free Version of My Favorite Coconut Granola Style Bar

Although my husband (and most of the human population) loves peanut butter and chocolate, I'm not one of those people.  So while I make Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars for him, I prefer a tender, chewy coconut bar.  I really love the taste of the Sunbelt Bakery Fudge Covered Coconut Bars, but I don't want all the sugar.  So this is my version, which is a great copycat recipe.

Coconut Vanilla Protein Bars
By An American Housewife

1 1/2 c vanilla whey powder
1/4 c coconut flour
1/2 c organic, sugar free, shredded coconut
1 T powdered or liquid vanilla
1/4 c butter, melted
1/2 c heavy cream
1/2 c granulated sweetener that you prefer
2 T water
1 1/2 c sugar free chocolate chips
1 T butter
1 t vanilla

In a bowl, place the whey powder, coconut flour, coconut, powdered vanilla if you are using.  Whisk or mix to blend.  Then add the liquid vanilla if you are using it, melted butter, cream and sweetener.  Add the first tablespoon of water.  Use your hands to mix, squish and knead until it starts to crumble then starts to form together to a dough.  If it's too dry after mixing for a whole minute, then add the other tablespoon of water.  Press into a lined 8X8" pan.  Chill in the refrigerator if you wish while you make the topping.  In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and butter.  Stir smooth and add the vanilla.  Pour on top of the bars and let set until the topping hardens.  If you are antsy, place it in the refrigerator.  This makes about 10 bars, you can individually wrap like an Atkins or other protein or granola style bar if you wish.

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