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!
No Bake Coconut Bars
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!
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Three ingredients. No Baking. 5 minutes. No flour. No grains. No sugar.
How to make Keto Coconut Bars
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 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 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!
3 Ingredient Chocolate Coconut Keto Cups
No Bake Low Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
3 Ingredient Keto Vanilla Ice Cream
No Churn Brownie Batter Ice Cream
3 Ingredient Paleo Vegan Coconut Crack Bars (Keto, Sugar Free, No Bake) adapted from my no bake chocolate coconut brownies and no bake bounty bars.
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Coconut Bars (3 Ingredients)
- 3 cups Shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup Can substitute for any liquid sweetener of choice
- 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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What about using rice syrup (yinny) as the sweetener?
Ohhh la la! I loveeee Lakanto, so um, sign this girl UPPPP for some CRACK! 😉
New to your recipes and really liked the taste of the ones we have tried. But they all come out looking very brownish in colour no matter what. different types of protein powders and syrup and sweeteners we use in your recipes. How do you have these fluffy white looking treats ending up? is it food photography and do you brighten up your recipe photos? Thank you
Hi Michelle! It really depends on the protein powder/sweeteners used etc. The ones mentioned within my posts are what is used and what is photographed. These are taken at room temperature- If you enjoy them from the fridge, they will be firm.
Looks like a great, guilty-free snack!
Lakanto is one of my favorite maple syrup alternatives. I use it all the time when garnishing sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and homemade pancakes! Haha, I bet these bars are the equivalent to crack! They look so yummy!
Mine is very dense… it looks like it should be fluffy?
Hi Noa, it is dense- They look fluffy because I cut into very thick bars.
Could you tell me how many pcs. you cut these in? Thanks.
Hi! As many as you like, I tend to do 10-12.
Any idea if I used liquid stevia how much I would use? I don’t have immediate access to monk fruit maple syrup.
Hi Jenna! I haven’t tried it with liquid stevia, I don’t think they will form.
It says a serving is 1 bar. How many bars does this recipe make?
It makes 18-24, depending on how big you slice them 🙂
How many bars in an 8×8 pan?
I usually get 20-22, but cut to your preferred size.
Toasted almonds would put this recipe over the top!!
Fantastic addition 🙂
Why don’t you just use real maple syrup?
Feel free to use that if you wish!
Probably because this is a keto recipe.