Repeat after me: Fat does not make you fat!

Did you know good quality fat is actually the preferred source of energy for the body?  Think of your body’s energy as a fire and carbohydrates are the quick burning sticks and grass you use to start the fire and the logs are what maintain the fire for a long period of time. This is exactly how our bodies work! Fats are the logs that help maintain our energy levels for a long period of time where carbohydrates are the quick burning sources of energy that may spike our blood sugar levels. While both are necessary, fat is the most important in order to maintain stable energy throughout the day.

 
 

Not only is fat the preferred source of energy for the body, but it also is vital in lubricating the joints, protecting your organs, healing the gut, rich in vitamins and minerals, and much more. I am talking about good quality fats here like animal fats sourced from humanely raised animals, grass-fed butter, ghee, and oils to name a few. The problem is that we live in a society that has tarnished the idea around eating fat. We have gone as far as synthetically removing fat from everything we eat! As a result, this has unfortunately caused more damage to the body. The good news is that we can fix this by starting to incorporate more good fats into the diet! A great place to start would be by making my Butter Bark Bites.

 
 

They are incredibly simple and the variations are endless! Here, I’ve made a Monkey Bark, Macadamia Bark, and Blueberry Almond Bark. My favorite is the Monkey Bark because it tastes like a peanut butter cup!! What I love about these is that they’re satisfying and nutrient dense! The melted butter makes them pretty rich (almost like fudge...a little goes a long way) so they’re very pleasing to the sweet tooth. These are also wonderful snacks for maintaining energy levels throughout the day!

Let me know in the comments below if you try them or if you happen to come up with any other creative flavor or ingredient combination, let me know in the comments below! Would love to hear!

 
Gluten Free No Bake Butter Bars
 

Butter Bark Bites

Makes 8 Servings | Prep Time 10 minutes

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup coconut oil

For the Monkey Bark:

1/3 C Softened Almond Butter (add this to the melted butter and combine well before pouring into loaf)
Crunched Plantain Chips
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
Drizzle of Honey

For the Macadamia Bark:

Crunched Macadamia Nuts
Toasted Coconut flakes
Drizzle of Honey

For the Blueberry-Almond Bark:

Dried Blueberries
Sliced Almonds
Coconut Flakes
A couple drops of Almond Extract
Drizzle of Honey

 

Directions

To make, simply melt the butter and coconut oil and pour in a loaf pan lined with parchment paper. From here, simply add your toppings!

Once you have added the toppings, place in the bark in the freezer until hardened and well formed. Take out and gently break apart pieces or slice with a knife.

 



This real food recipe was submitted by Carly Smith from Fairy Gutmother. See the original here.

 

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