Throw a Cheek a bone!

Paleo coconut bark
As many of you know I’ve been studying for my California state acupuncture license exam which is now 21 days away. This is the biggest most important test of my entire life, so I’ve been pretty strict with myself in order to minimize distraction. For the past three months I’ve put my dating life on hold :( (Nooooo!) and started passing up most all social events :( :( (Awww!) in order to sit at home and study. :( :( :( (Boooooo!) On top of all that fun, this month I added in, or I suppose I should say took out, the sugar for our no sugar challenge. Initially this has been great, cleared my head right up which has helped me study even more effectively. But now, three weeks deep with no dating, no social life AND no sugar … I’m starting to crack. This pleasureless existence can’t be kept up much longer!! Somethings got to give … SOOOOON!!!!
But thanks to Katy Rickman and her
Coconut Paleo Bark
I may just be able to make it another 21 days :)
2 cups of chopped pecans (Or any favorite nut)1 cup coconut cream concentrate, aka coconut butter (Available at Whole Foods)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 cup coconut flakes

Melt the coconut concentrate with the oil. Add the pecans and mix well. Dump on sheet pan lined with wax paper. Press the mixture out into a thin layer. Press coconut flakes into the top. Put in freezer until hard and then break into pieces. Keep extra in the fridge, if you don’t eat it all at once ;)



  1. Oh you are a tough one girl! So what’s the paleo take on stevia? I’m not a big stevia fan by any means, but I’m thinking that bark might be good with a wee bit? I’m on day 3 of (almost) sugar-free :)

  2. HA! Thanks Alisa! I’m being a lill’ more dramatic then it really is though ; )

    We’re not big fans of sweeteners. They all effect your body the same way sugar does, spikes the blood sugar. This treat is actually surprisingly sweet on it’s own. But if you’d like it a bit sweeter I would suggest adding in some dried fruit. Cranberries, raisins, apricots. Or you could always try mixing in some cocoa power or cacao nibs.

    Congratulations with Day 3! : )

  3. Just wanted to share that on our initial No sugar challenge back in 2010 I cut out gum (artificial sweeteners) now I rarely chew it and feel good about it. My fruit consumption has in creased, but there is always gonna be something to work on!

  4. I’ve never seen anything like this before but it looks scrumptious!

    Just wanted to add that I think it’s wonderful you’re studying acupuncture.

    I’ve had it done before and so has my husband and my parents. It works amazingly well!

    When I was a child, my mom’s back was so bad she couldn’t walk. My dad literally had to carry her into the acupuncturists’ office. After one treatment, she walked out on her own.

    My husband had one session 5 years ago and after years of back pain from herniated discs, he rarely has problems. He has a little pain from time to time but nothing like before.

    Anyway, I cite many other examples. I just have such respect for anyone who wants to help others with acupuncture.

    As far as cutting out the sugar, it’s something I’d like to do. I did it once but used artificial sweeteners like Stevia.

    You have me thinking about trying it again. Seriously. Hell…why not. I could try it for a month and see how it goes. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I really think I will. :) Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  5. OMG! I am sooo glad I went further back on this blog to find this recipe. We are completing week 4 of a NO sugar, NO artificial sweeteners, Paleo challenge at Rare Crossfit. My peeps and I are gonna love this. :) Thanks for sharing! I love your page, you gals have got great stuff on here.

  6. Shelia! THANK YOU. I love your comment. I love hearing positive acupuncture stories :) Thank you.

    And Karen, I hope you enjoyed it.

    Thanks for reading ladies :) xo!