I went to a bulk food store to get some organic, sulphur-free desiccated coconut for this recipe. I can confidently say that I am never going to buy generic desiccated coconut ever again! The coconut from the bulk food store actually tasted like fresh coconut and it was worth the trip just to know that the coconut didn’t contain any nasty preservatives. It is now so easy to buy organic, sulphur-free coconut from the supermarket so there is no excuse!
These Lamington Bars are chocolatey, coconutty goodness. The recipe only really contains 4 ingredients so they are super quick and easy to make. You can easily double the quantities to make a larger batch.
- About 15 dried dates, soaked in boiling water
- 1 cup desiccated coconut, ideally sulphur-free
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 heaped tsp cacao or good quality cocoa powder, or to taste
- Optional: the zest of½ orange, ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Place the dates into a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave them for a few minutes to soften. Drain and set aside.
- Place the desiccated coconut, coconut oil, cacao or cocoa powder and optional orange zest and vanilla extract into a food processor. Add the drained dates and blend everything together until it’s well combined. The mixture should come together in your hands. You may need to add more coconut oil if the mixture is too dry.
- Line a small square baking dish or tin with baking paper. Press the mixture into the baking dish or tin, making sure that the corners have been pressed down firmly.
- Place into the fridge or freezer to set. Cut them into bars before serving. Store in the fridge or freezer.