Chocolate Covered Coconut 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.

FAQs about chocolate covered coconut bars

chocolate covered coconut bars on a tray

 

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 recipe instruction

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

 

chocolate covered coconut bars serving options

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.

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.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 1 Tbsp. Coconut flour
  • 1 cup nut or seed butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (if using sweetened coconut, adjust maple syrup to 1/3 cup)
  • 1 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • CHOCOLATE COATING
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 1 - 3 tsp. of milk or cream of choice, as needed
  • Optional toppings: coconut flakes, finely chopped nuts of choice or flaked salt
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    Instructions

  • FILLING
  • Place all the filling ingredients in a food processor and process until combined. Scraping sides as needed
  • Line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper overlapping on one side
  • Transfer the filling to the pan, cover with the overlapping paper and press it down into an even, flat, firm layer using the back of a spoon or hands. Place the pan in the freezer for 2 hours
  • When ready to coat the bars, melt the chocolate with coconut oil using a double boiler or small heavy-bottom saucepan. If the chocolate is too firm for coating, mix in 1 teaspoon of milk or cream, or as needed, until the chocolate sauce is ready for coating the bars 
  • Using the parchment paper, remove the bar filling from the freezer and out of the pan onto a cutting board. Cut into 12 pieces. They don't have to be perfect
  • Transfer the bars with the parchment paper onto a chilled tray. The tray should be chilled because this helps the chocolate set without spreading. (I place mine in the freezer for 15 minutes)
  • Place a bar of filling onto the tines of a fork and dip it into the melted chocolate mixture to coat. When removing it from the chocolate, scrape the bottom of the fork with a knife to get rid of excess chocolate. Set the coated bar back on the chilled tray. Repeat with the remaining bars
  • Sprinkle the bars with toppings, if using, before the chocolate sets, then place in the fridge for 1 hour until the chocolate firms up. Store the bars in the fridge
  • *Chefs notes; see blog for step-by-step photos and what to do with leftover chocolate sauce
  • Leave a Comment

    4 Responses to Chocolate Covered Coconut Bars

    • SK September 27, 2022

      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

      • Kristina September 28, 2022

        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)

    • Rhonda September 29, 2022

      omg, these chocolate coconut bars are incredibly good!

    • Rhonda October 7, 2022

      very tasty and easy enough to make, thank you.

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