Coconut Paleo Bars & Headbands

OK, runners (and anyone with longer hair who does high-impact workouts), can we talk about hair for a hot sec? This also applies to bakers too--I'm often found wearing a nonslip headband when baking because nobody wants a Maiah hair in their food, and I don't want hair in my eyes. So there you have it; the inspo behind my top 3 Running Headbands.

1. This nonslip headband that my friends of all ethnicities love: keeps sweat out of your eyes, and it won't slide off braids, straight slicked-back hair, or any other running 'do. Plus, it's less than $15!

best running headband

2. This one is an attractive skinny fun one that also stays in hair well though no sweat-wicking found here! They are guaranteed to fit ANY head shape though, so if you have trouble finding a headband that fits, give them a try and if it doesn't work for you, you'll get a refund. Style and a generous return policy = a headband win.

sparkly headband for running and yoga

3. This one is really versatile with a cool knotted accent. I like it for yoga because it's super lightweight, but it stays put pretty well for runs, too. They have a great satisfaction guarantee too and are 10% off Amazon right now. They are under $7 though and come in a huge assortment of fun colors!

bow yoga headband

OK. Now that you're ready for a run and or kitchen creation, I'll share my latest irresistible heathy recipe.

These should be called Ivy Bars, because 1.5 year-old Ivy is obsessed. It's the cutest (and messiest) thing to see her stuffing her mouth full and emitting her high-pitched "mm-mmm!"

healthy coconut bars

vegan paleo coconut bars

I encourage her to snack on these as a treat, since there is no refined sugar, lots of healthy fat and rich flavor without additives or junky ingredients. For those of you on a paleo or AIP diet, these are AIP-approved too! It's a treat that almost anyone can safely enjoy, as it contains no nuts, dairy, soy or added sugar. It's also raw and vegan and oh-so-delicious.

Coconut Paleo Bars

Yields 12 pieces


2 cups coconut flakes, unsweetened (This kind is reduced fat and flakier, this kind is richer and higher in fat and taste!)

1/2 cup organic coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

sprinkle sea salt

Carob Layer:

Melt coconut oil, toasted carob and maple syrup to taste, whisking until smooth.


1. Smooth carob into a parchment paper lined dish, about 5" x 5" or for very thin bars, an 8" pan.

2. Smooth melted carob mix, and chill in the freezer for 5-10 min.

3. Pack the coconut mixture on top and chill until firm, about 30 min in the fridge or 10-15 in the freezer.

4. Slice and enjoy! Keep leftovers chilled to stay firm.

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