gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest

i have a pretty intense sweet tooth and i’m always open to new healthier ways of satisfying it. enter Gwyneth Paltrow’s healthy “candy bars”(i’m putting candy bar in quotation because although these are really good and satisfying they are not a snicker bar). i’ve seen people posting all over the internet about her recipes and i thought it was time we gave it a shot and let you know how it turned out. this recipe is exceptionally easy, apart from the fact that it has to set in the refrigerator for half a day, the active steps on this are under 15 minutes. the recipe didn’t ask for salt on top but in our opinion, the flavor was enhanced by a generous sprinkle of maldon salt.

gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest
gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest

i also wanted to ask for a bit of feedback on the recipe column, we work really hard to weekly bring you beautiful and practical meals and we’d love to know what you’re liking/not liking and what you’d like to see more of. we’ve had a few comments recently of people saying that they tried one of our recipes and that it was actually really good and not just pretty. i love those comments and i also wanted to say that we test and eat every single recipe. we aren’t making things just for the pretty photos, although those are fun too. we really want this to be a resource to you so let us know what you’d like us to focus on, we’re all ears! – joanie

gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest
gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest
gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest

Gwyneth Paltrow’s candy bars
what you’ll need:
• 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
• 1 1/2 cup dates, pitted and roughly chopped
• 1/2 cup almond butter
• 1/2 cup maple syrup (she asks for grade B, we used grade A)
• 1/2 cup coconut flour
• 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
• 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (we used vanilla, either works great)
• 1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (60% or higher cocoa content)
• 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
optional: maldon salt

full recipe below!

gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest

how to make them: 
– in a food processor, grind the cashews to a very fine meal. add the dates, almond butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, shredded coconut and almond extract. pulse until you have a sticky ball of dough.
– line a baking sheet with parchment paper, put a bit of coconut oil on your hands and press the mixture out onto the paper making a rectangle 1″ deep. refrigerate for 6-8 hours

gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest
gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest

– once firm, use a double boiler and melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil until just dissolved. pour over the cooled cashew mixture, sprinkle with salt and return to the refrigerator for 1 hour, until chocolate has set.
– remove, cut and serve!

gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest
gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest

we stored ours in an air tight container in the refrigerator. they also hold up sell wrapped in parchment to pass out to your friends.

gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest
gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest

they’re also very kid friendly, not too messy/crumbly and you can tell them they’re getting a candy bar, win win.

gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: see more recipes here



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    Samantha Lee says:

    Ooooh this looks good. I have an insane sweet tooth as well and crave chocolate literally every day. Saving this recipe!

    Chelsea says:

    love the pictures – they are beautiful! have tried some of the recipes and enjoyed. though sometimes it can be a bit difficult to follow when not in the true “recipe format”. also always love plant based options. thanks for your hard work and inspiring content! excited to try these – just in time for easter!

    Courtney says:

    I LOVE your recipes, even though I usually like to only follow food blogs for recipes I make an exception here because I feel like you aren’t just creating these recipes to create – they are actually things you like to eat as well! Please keep them coming 🙂

    Stephanie says:

    Looks delicious, I’m always craving chocolate haha 🙂


    slope says:

    Thanks for sharing! It’s very useful!

    Gemma says:

    Heck. Yes.


    sophie says:

    I love the recipes here and the pictures are beautiful, but have to agree with Courtney above; it would be easier to follow if you put the ingredients + recipe together, with more space between the different steps. In short: it would be great if the text would feel as polished as the pictures.

    designlovefest says:

    i hear you, i think that’s good feedback. we try and space it out to fill in the whole posts but i totally understand how that would be hard to follow when you’re making it. we’ll work on that! thank you!

    Amy Klepser says:

    I really love all your recipes! They’re fun, not too difficult, and always taste wonderful. I would love to see more weeknight dinners, or anything that can be prepped. For example, make a ton of cauliflower rice/chicken/sweet potatoes on Sunday, and use it 3 different ways during the week. Also, a few more sweet recipes like this one would be great too!

    designlovefest says:

    great idea, amy! thank you for the feedback, we really appreciate it!

    these look so delicious and beautiful! I’ve made a few of your recipes, and appreciate how they are delicious and fairly simple. keep them coming!

    designlovefest says:

    so happy to hear that courtney! thanks for letting us know!

    Hannah-Lee says:

    I’ve tried so many of your recipes and they are all so practical and delicious. Keep’em coming.

    designlovefest says:

    thanks for the feedback, hannah! so glad you’ve tried some of the recipes and enjoyed them. Xx

    Marcelo says:

    What wonders !!! We are close to Easter, which is a special date … I know I’m going to earn a few pounds

    Dana says:

    I appreciate that you venture to recipe options because the design esthetic is just gorgeous. My issue is with the recipes and marketing. There is this “feel” that someone is going for healthy but there’s a disconnect between actual health and perceived healthy options. Maybe reach out to a local, female, nutritionist? There’s so much more to food than LA smoothies, juices and Gwyneth.

    I also feel got this vibe from the Healthy options column that was written and stopped in 2015.

    designlovefest says:

    thanks so much for the feedback, Dana! i’ve actually been trying to move away from “healthy” recipes on the blog as i felt like there was an abundance of those on the internet and i wanted to move more towards simple and approachable meals with less of a focus on health trends, etc. we labeled these candy bars as “healthy” because that’s what Gwyneth calls them but i totally hear you on the need to be more well rounded on the health topic, not just following trends. appreciate your input! – joanie

    Dana says:

    Thanks for reading through all those errors! I already like the pasta and margarita post!

    Rosie says:

    Looks yum! Got to try it. I love your graphic with the teaspoons. Very clever! 😍

    Silvia says:

    It looks amazing! Thanks so much for all the great inspiration you and your team provide 🙂 Greetings from Switzerland

    Anonymous says:

    Keep them coming! They’re amazing recipes and the photos are beautiful x

    Eva says:

    These actually look really good! I rarely make sweets like this unless it’s cookies or more traditional baked goods, but they look like a great option. I like all your recipe and while they’re definitely a California kind of vibe that I can’t get as easily on the East Coast, I still love what you choose to make. Your styling is always perfection.

    designlovefest says:

    thanks, eva! that’s an interesting perspective that i hadn’t thought of, our recipes do have a very california feeling to them. thanks for following along! Xx

    Simple and tasty, what else I could want?

    Renee says:

    I love the recipes! Please don’t stop! 🙂

    Kirsten says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I love the ones you share with us.

    daria says:

    I made something similar with hazelnuts instead of cashew and it was amaaazing. The only downside is that you have to wait so much while it gets cold!

    Shilpa Malhotra says:

    this is AWESOME!!! yummy. I can’t wait to try this! Pinned! so healthy!!

    I love the recipes here and the pictures are beautiful, but have to agree with Courtney above; it would be easier to follow if you put the ingredients + recipe together, with more space between the different steps. In short: it would be great if the text would feel as polished as the pictures.

    Thanks for always being here and provide us such a grate content.

    Gi says:

    I honestly love the fast to prepare “weeknight” meals ideas, with pantry ingredients maybe. I think carbs are easy to incorporate in a meal while proteins are more difficult, so I enjoy when a meal is focused on the protein part (I think about the salmon preparations and stuff).
    Also I second the reader that said hearing from a “true” nutritionist would be interesting!
    Anyway, love your photos and aesthetic and your column is my second favourite after bro’s personal posts (:

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