Chocolate Coconut Clusters

Here’s another treat I made for the baby shower last weekend. Love that these are no-bake and totally remind me of chewy chocolate puffed-wheat squares, but coconutty and with a little more fibre. With only 69 calories per cluster, you can have a couple without feeling the least bit guilty.

I used sweetened coconut flakes, but I think you could get away with the unsweetened variety – these clusters were sweet enough!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups coconut palm sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup 2% evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine (I like butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

DIRECTIONS

  • Mix sugar, cocoa powder, milk, butter and vanilla in a medium pot.
  • Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly.Bring to a boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and stir in oats and coconut.
  • Use a 1 1/2 tbsp to spoon clusters onto a baking sheet lined in parchment. Leave as messy clusters or shape to your desire.
  • Let cool in the fridge for 30 minutes and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Makes about 50 clusters.

Per cluster: 69 calories, 12 g carbs, 2 g fat, 1 g protein, 1 g fibre

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Eggplant Lasagna

This is quite possibly the most delicious dinner I’ve made – though it might be a tie with Mexican lasagna, which will be posted soon – AND it’s vegetarian!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup large flake oats
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 medium eggplants
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 3 cups pasta sauce (low sodium if possible)
  • 1 cup shredded light mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, minced

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine oats, parmesan and basil in a shallow bowl or deep plate.
  • Beat eggs with a fork in another shallow bowl or deep plate.
  • Cut each eggplant into 8 round slices.
  • Dip each eggplant round into the egg and then press it into the oat mixture, coating both sides.
  • Place coated eggplant rounds onto a baking sheet sprayed in olive oil. Spray tops of eggplant rounds.
  • Bake eggplant at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, turning and spraying with olive oil half way through.
  • Assemble lasagna by spooning 1 cup pasta sauce over bottom of 9″ x 13″ casserole dish. Follow by half the eggplant rounds, another cup of pasta sauce, half the mozzarella and repeat.
  • Sprinkle parsley on top and bake for 20 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven, plate and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Makes 8 servings.

Per serving: 205 calories, 24 g carbs, 8 g fat, 12 g protein, 5 g fibre