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Cinnamon and Fennel Coconut Bark

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I have found a new addiction!  If you are a black licorice lover,  these little gems will tantalize your taste buds!   Right now in my health journey, I am learning to increase my intake of healthy fats.  It’s a long story and I won’t bore you with the details but my goal is to take in 6 Tbsp of organic cold-pressed coconut oil, daily.  Therefore,  I am working on finding new and exciting ways of incorporating it into my diet.  But along with increasing my fats I am decreasing my sugars, omitting them actually.  So, I went into the kitchen, opened the spice drawer and got busy.

Fennel!  Do you have fennel in your spice drawer?  If not, why not?!  I make a mean pot of vegan chili  where I really learned to use it as an ingredient.  Remember, I am a recovering spice-a-fobic.   Fennel is an edible, herb which resembles dill.  I know they look like something that would be fun to pick out of your teeth but fennel is very effective for digestive problems.  Fennel seeds may be chewed on after every meal or even more often, about 2-3 grams at a time.  I’ve read that a daily intake of about 1½ teaspoons is recommended.

Fennel may be also be brewed as a tea. For this, boil about 1/2 teaspoon of seeds in 1 cup of water.  Let the water boil for about 5 minutes while keeping the pot covered.  Cool the mixture and enjoy.  Fennel seeds often provide quick and effective relief from many digestive disorders. They help to overcome gas, cramps, acid indigestion, and many other digestive tract maladies.  The seeds taste like licorice when chewed.

OK, enough factual information, let’s get down to the really good stuff…

Ingredients: yields 8 (1 Tbsp bark chips)

Preparation:

  1. Soften the coconut oil by placing the coconut container in a bowl filled with hot water.  Do not completely melt it, just warm it to a softened stage.  The reason for keeping the coconut oil at a soft stage rather than melted is because when the oil is pure liquid all of the added ingredients sink to the bottom of the mold.  With the coconut oil at a soft, thick stage everything will remain suspended in the oil.
  2. Add the cinnamon, fennel seeds and stevia.  Using a spatula, mix everything together until well combined.
  3. Pour into molds  (tap the mold on the counter top to even the filling out) and freeze.  Once frozen, pop them out and store in an air-tight, freezer proof container.  I used the Wilton mold, model # 2115-2160.
  4. Note: these will melt at room temp so it is best to pull one out and eat right away.

Nutritional value per treat (1 Tbsp)

Calories – 119 / Fat – 13.7 g / Carbs 0.4 g / Protein 0.1 g

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5 thoughts on “Cinnamon and Fennel Coconut Bark

  1. Lyn L. (mom of many) :] says:

    Howdy Amie Sue,
    I hope you are having a GREAT day !!! :] I can’t wait to try this recipe, but my question is – you really got my tummy hungry for your “mean vegan chili” (that you mentioned in this recipe}. I couldn’t find it, could I PLEASE, PLEASE have you post this recipe too? I would LOVE to throw out the old (“cooked recipe”) and in with the new (your recipe}. Thank you in advance !!! :] I so APPRECIATE YOU taking the time to answer all of us !!!!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Lyn,

      I am having a great day! Thank you. :)

      First of all, I am glad that you brought this recipe back to my attention. I need to make these again. I LOVE them, but then I LOVE the flavoring of black licorice. hehe I don’t have a raw vegan chili recipe on my site…. yet! It is something that I have been working on. I have a cooked vegan recipe but again, not here, since this site is mainly raw. :)

      Have a happy day! Tell Gene hi for me. amie sue

  2. Lyn L. (mom of many) :] says:

    Howdy Amie sue, No worries- Just sounded divine!! I Love Licorice too,(Panda Licorice and caramel too)! Thanks for responding!! :] Lyn

  3. Lyn :] says:

    Hi, Well this recipe was a great way to end the night of “cooking”. I ran out of coconut oil , so off to the store tomorrow !! I love the cinnamon and fennel together it’s yummy!! Sweet dreams, opps you will probably read this in the morning…. so have a great day!! Smiles, Lyn :]

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Lyn, so nice to hear from you! :)

      Do you have a Costco near you? They have been carrying a huge tub of the Nutivia Coconut Oil for about $21. I have been using those for quite some time. Just a thought. :) Have a glorious day! amie sue

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