Chocolate Covered Coconut Bars

Published on Sep 26, 2022

  by   Kristina Stosek

6 reviews

Prep Time: 30 + freezing minutes Cook Time: minutes Serves: 12 bars
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Do you love the taste of coconut but want something a little more indulgent? Then, chocolate covered coconut bars might be just what you’re looking for! These rich and decadent bars are made primarily with coconut flour, shredded coconut, nut or seed butter, and chocolate.


4 chocolate covered coconut bars on a white tray


Deliciousness and nutrition combined in a chocolate bar. This gluten-free chocolate covered coconut bars recipe is more than just a gluten-free sweet snack. Here is why.

the chocolate bars are packed with protein and fiber

These homemade bars are gluten-free and nutritious. Each bar is packed with protein and fiber and covered in rich chocolate. They are sure to keep you satisfied until your next meal.

chocolate covered coconut bars on a tray


FAQs about chocolate covered coconut bars

If you’re new to making chocolate covered coconut bars, you might have some questions. Here are some FAQs that will help you get started:

What type of chocolate should I use?

In this recipe, you can use any gluten-free chocolate you like. However, we recommend using dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or chocolate chips for the best flavor.

Can I use sweetened shredded coconut?

If you prefer more sweetness, feel free to use sweetened coconut. However, we found that these chocolate covered coconut bars are perfectly sweetened using unsweetened shredded coconut.

Is it necessary to freeze the bars before covering them in chocolate?

Yes, freezing the bar filling first is a must. We find that freezing them helps to give the bars a firmer texture, making them easier to work with when coating them in chocolate. And also helps the chocolate set without spreading.

What makes this chocolate bar recipe nutritious?

half a gluten free chocolate bar on a plate


These chocolate covered coconut bars are made with two nutrient-rich ingredients: coconut and nut or seed butter. 

Coconut is a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It also contains lauric acid, which has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Here is one of our favorite gluten-free pancake recipe using coconut flour

Nut or seed butter is a good source of protein and healthy fats. It also contains vitamins and minerals. And is an excellent source of fiber. Another recipe with almond butter you may enjoy is the Apple Pie Squares with Almond Butter Caramel.

step by step chocolate covered coconut bars recipe 

The chocolate-covered coconut bar recipe’s instructions are best described with photos. So here we go.

Place bar filling ingredients into a food processor

chocolate bar filling in a food processor


Transfer the filling to a loaf pan lined with parchment paper, and press it down with the back of a spoon or hands into an even, flat, firm layer. Place the pan in the freezer for 2 hours.

bar filling in a pan

Using the parchment paper, remove the bar filling from the pan onto a cutting board. Cut into 12 pieces.

sliced frozen bar filling on a cutting board

Transfer the bars with the parchment paper onto a chilled tray. The tray should be chilled, and this helps the chocolate set without spreading.

Place a bar of filling onto the tines of a fork and dip it into the melted chocolate mixture to coat. 

one bar on a fork over chocolate sauce

When removing the bar from the chocolate sauce, scrape the bottom of the fork with a knife to get rid of excess chocolate.

coconut bar dipped in chocolate on a fork

Set the coated bar back on the chilled tray.

chocolate covered bars and bars without chocolate coating

If you like, you can sprinkle the bars with toppings before they set. Then chill in the fridge for an hour. Enjoy!


What to do with leftover chocolate sauce?

Depending on how thick you coat the bars with chocolate, you may have some leftover chocolate sauce. So what can you do with it?

chocolate sauce in mini paper muffin liners

I pour the sauce into mini paper cups and place them in the fridge to form delicious small chocolate treats. You can also top them with coconut, nuts or seeds.

mini chocolate cups


serving suggestions for chocolate covered coconut bars 

There are so many ways to enjoy chocolate covered coconut bars! Here are just a few ideas:

— As a snack: Enjoy as is as a sweet and satisfying snack.

— In breakfast bowls: Cut them into small chunks and add them to your favorite breakfast bowl for a sweet and nutritious start to the day.

— In smoothies: Throw one in your next smoothie for an extra boost of flavor and nutrition.

— As a dessert: Cut into small pieces and top your favorite ice cream or a cheesecake for a unique and decadent twist. Or enjoy them as is.

chocolate covered coconut bar on a plate

Is chocolate covered coconut bar a dessert or a protein bar?

This is a good question. On the one hand, chocolate covered coconut bars are a dessert because they are sweet and have chocolate.

On the other hand, they could be considered a protein bar because they have coconut and nut or seed butter, a high protein source. 

Ultimately, it comes down to what you consider a dessert or a protein bar. If you think of desserts as being something that is sweet and has chocolate, then these bars would qualify.

 If you think of protein bars as having a good source of protein, these bars would also qualify.

Why will this vegan bar keep you energized?

Looking for a vegan-friendly snack that will help keep you energized throughout the day? These chocolate bars are made with wholesome ingredients like coconut, nuts, coconut oil and maple syrup, which is why they are also considered energy bars.

Why add nut butter to plant-based chocolate coconut bars?

a bite taken out of a chocolate covered coconut bar


Coconut is a great source of healthy fats, fiber, and minerals, and adding nut butter to the mix makes these bars an even more powerful snack rich in plant-based protein.

Nut butter is an excellent addition because it provides protein and healthy fats to help keep you full and satisfied. Adding nut butter to your coconut bars will also give them a boost of creaminess and rich flavor.

Why do we love chocolate?

Let’s be honest! The real reason we love chocolate is that it’s delicious! There’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a rich, creamy bar covered with chocolate. And when you add coconut and nut or seed butter to the mix, it’s even better!

These chocolate covered coconut bars are the perfect treat. The coconut adds a tropical twist, while the chocolate takes them over the top. 

So if you’re looking for a dessert that will wow your guests, serve the chocolate bars as dessert finger food.

These chocolate covered coconut bars are always a hit with everyone who tries them. So make sure to give them a try the next time you need a delicious dessert or an energy snack.

Let’s Connect!


Many thanks!

Kristina xx

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Chris S

Thanks Kristina! I left the bars in the freezer overnight and they were significantly more solid this morning so I think a combination of a little extra maple syrup and a bit longer in the freezer might just do it - will report back when I try again. They taste rather wonderful even if they look messy


Chris, if the mixture was too dry add more maple syrup. Maybe the conversion to grams was the problem?

Chris S

Just tried this - with mixed results! I'm in the UK so had to convert everything to grams and maybe that is where the problem started, but the bar mixture is super dry and crumbly, like a cheesecake base, so when I came to cut them it fell apart everywhere. Tastes absolutely delicious, looks shocking Would you suggest I soak the dessicated coconut in almond milk, or add some to the mixture? Or perhaps more maple syrup? Any advice gratefully received!


very tasty and easy enough to make, thank you.


omg, these chocolate coconut bars are incredibly good!


Yes SK, since maple syrup is considered a liquid in this recipe you will need to replace it with 1/3 cup warm milk of choice. (coconut, almond)


Hi, Is it possible to replace maple syrup with sugar free replacement and what could be a good replacement? Is it possible to use stevia instead? Thanks, SK

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