Lemon Coconut Gooey Granola Bars

 Happy Easter!!
 What a beautiful Sunday with sunny skies and a lovely breeze:)
One of my favorite Easter memories is from when I visited Rome. I remember the sound of church bells echoing through the streets as people hustled to the Vatican.  So many gorgeous flowers on display in every color imaginable throughout the courtyard. I was easily captivated by the sun reflecting off the intricate architecture. A city so rich with art and history, on that day was full of inviting warmth. After four years studying Latin, Rome was everything I thought it would be! If you ever get the chance to go..I highly suggest you do it:)
So..while I'm being all sappy and nostalgic, I decided to make a rich, yellow dessert to remind me of Italian bakeries.
1 3/4 cups organic toasted coconut granola (saw this at Trader Joe's and snatched it right up)
7 Tbsp softened butter
5 eggs
4 tablespoons coconut flour
2 cups of raw honey
1/2 cup lemon juice
Mix butter and granola..line 9x13 inch baking pan..bake at 350 for 20 min
Mix remaining ingredients in bowl..pour onto baked granola
Bake 20-25 minutes
Cut into squares
Sprinkle with lemon zest
Sit in the sun, smell some flowers, and dream of sunny Italy!


Protein Balls


Need a snack during the middle of the day, a quick protein energy boost before a workout, or just something to satisfy your sweet tooth?  These amazing little balls of goodness are a constant staple in my fridge. They are easy to make, tasty, and actually healthy:)
I do make my peanut butter at home. Basically throw some honey roasted peanuts in the blender until they churn into smooth and creamy. Be patient! You will have to stir maybe once to get the mixture to the blades. But then, magic happens and whola..peanut butter!! Store your leftovers in the fridge.
1 cup dry oatmeal
2/3 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup mixture cacao nibs and dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 scoop mocha protein powder (optional)
Mix evenly with spoon in large bowl
Set in fridge to cool for 30 min
Roll into small balls
Put extra balls in fridge for later:)