Serves about 20 bars
1/2 cup vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance soy-free
non-hydrogenated Buttery Spread)
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I buy Health Valley Graham Crackers
and pulse them into fine crumbs in the food processor. Feel free to
do this with any vegan graham cracker or wafer cookie.)
1 cup canned coconut milk
1/4 cup agave or maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons arrowroot
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)
2 cups non-dairy chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Melt margarine in microwave or over stove and pour into a
9x13" baking pan. Swirl around until the bottom of the pan is
3. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs evenly into pan until bottom of
the pan is completely coated in crumbs. Pat down lightly with your
4. In a small bowl, whisk together coconut milk, agave, vanilla,
salt, and arrowroot. Drizzle this mixture evenly over the graham
5. Sprinkle the shredded coconut into the pan, then layer the
optional nuts, then the chocolate chips. With the palm of your hand,
gently pat the top of the cookie pan so that the chocolate chips get
cemented into the rest of the cookie.
6. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until center looks thick and
slightly bubbly with very lightly browned edges.
7. Let cool then refrigerate for a couple hours or overnight. Cut
into even bars. The textures and flavors of this cookie really work
best after refrigeration, but if you're like my mom and gotta dig in
right away- be my guest!
8. If you're feeling festive, platter the cookies on a tray or
dish of organic brown sugar (mock sand) and stick some cocktail
umbrellas in the sugar for a "beach scene".
Your question and comments are welcome