Satisfy your sweet tooth with this healthy 3-Ingredient No Bake Paleo Vegan Coconut Crack Bars recipe! Made completely sugar-free, these low carb and keto friendly coconut bars are seriously addictive and take minutes to whip up!
When the recipe states the word ‘crack’ in it, it doesn’t mess around.
There are multiple definitions for the word ‘crack’ in a recipe, but mine requires one main feat- Impossible to stop at just one.
PSSSST- News just in- This recipe just got a CRANBERRY COCONUT MAKEOVER!
These no bake coconut crack bars really ARE seriously addictive and you have no excuse NOT to make them.
Using just three healthy ingredients and less than 5 minutes to prepare, you’ll never need to buy store bought candy bars or snacks. Did I mention that these addictive coconut bars are also completely paleo and vegan too?
Back in 2014, I first shared a recipe for homemade bounty coconut bars. A few months back, I gave it a protein-rich makeover, along with a few little tweaks. A little over a month ago, I loosely adapted the recipes yet again, to make them keto-friendly and sugar-free.
They also became even easier to make.
It’s rare for me to enjoy a coconut-based snack without some form of chocolate with it because let’s face it- I think nothing beats the chocolate and coconut combination. However, these bars are the exception- I actually found them even more satisfying and delicious WITHOUT some form of chocolate.
Although if you do want some chocolate, this step-by-step recipe video shows just how magical this combination truly is and LOADED with coconut goodness!
Who am I?
Three ingredients. No Baking. 5 minutes. No flour. No grains. No sugar.
Since attempting the ketogenic style of eating for one week, I realized that the key to a satisfying snack or dessert really is to focus on the healthy fats, especially ones which are naturally sweet. That is why I’m such a huge fan of coconut-based candy or recipes.
Shredded unsweetened coconut and coconut butter are both naturally sweet, but have no sweeteners in them- Just pure coconut!
For today’s recipe, you only need shredded unsweetened coconut, coconut oil, and monk fruit sweetened maple syrup- An all-natural low carb and sugar-free sweetener which mimics the texture of pure maple syrup.
Because I want you to achieve the perfect no bake coconut crack bars, here are some easy tips and tricks.
Types of Shredded Coconut
Coconut flakes, shredded unsweetened coconut flakes, and finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes all work for these crack bars. I personally prefer using a mix of the shredded and the finely shredded, as it provides the best texture overall. Feel free to use whichever you have on hand. Just be wary that the larger the flakes/shreds, the more crumbly the mixture will be.
If you do use the larger flakes of coconut, lightly wet your hands before transferring from the bowl to the lined baking tray- It will stop being overly sticky and easy to press into the pan!
Note- Be sure whichever shredded coconut flakes you use, it is unsweetened- Both the sweetened and unsweetened varieties look identical so take note!
A healthy sugar-free sweetener
To keep these no bake coconut crack bars healthy and sugar-free, I used my favorite monk fruit sweetener. What I love about this liquid sweetener is it mimics the taste and texture of real maple syrup, however with some key differences-
- It is sugar free
- Low carb and low G.I.
- Suitable for those following a ketogenic or paleo diet
DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT replace this with a generic sugar-free maple syrup or pancake syrup. These often use artificial sweeteners in them and have the texture of water. The bars will simply not form, and you’ll be left with overly fake-tasting piles of coconut.
A healthy refined sugar-free sweetener
If you can tolerate some form of sugar, you can use a refined sugar-free sticky sweetener. Pure maple syrup, agave nectar, and even honey would all be perfect alternatives. Be wary that honey tends to be overpowering and if you follow a strict vegan diet, isn’t vegan-friendly.
For all those who have been skeptical of a snack or dessert based purely on coconut and with no sugar whatsoever- This is for you. It’s a deceptively satisfying and naturally sweet treat ready in mere minutes! These healthy no bake coconut crack bars will be your new (legal) addiction.
Looking for more keto friendly snacks to satisfy the sweet tooth? Gotcha covered!
Healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Paleo Vegan Coconut Crack Bars
- Line an 8 x 8-inch pan or 8 x 10-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside. Alternatively, you can use a loaf pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, add your shredded unsweetened coconut. Add your melted coconut oil and monk fruit sweetened maple syrup (or sticky sweetener of choice) and mix until a thick batter remains. If it is too crumbly, add a little extra syrup or a tiny bit of water.
- Pour the coconut crack bar mixture into the lined pan. Lightly wet your hands and press firmly into place. Refrigerate or freeze until firm. Cut into bars and enjoy!
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