An easy recipe for healthy no bake paleo vegan chocolate coconut bars! Made with just 4 ingredients, the base is thick and loaded with coconut and topped with chocolate! The ultimate low carb and keto friendly dessert.
Healthy No Bake Chocolate Coconut Bars
Ever since I shared my chocolate coconut crack bar recipe, I’ve had a plethora of positive feedback on it.
Although the majority of readers have loved it, a fair few have mentioned that the chocolate can be a little overpowering and too much.
I’ve been meaning to rectify it for quite some time, and also experiment with the coconut base to make it even thicker and chewy, thanks to using coconut butter!
I merged two of my favorite recipes on one- The coconut bounty bars and the original coconut crack bars. Taking portions of each recipe, I’ve been able to recreate the ultimate healthy no bake chocolate coconut bar recipe!
Not only are these healthy no bake bars paleo and vegan-friendly, but they are also suitable for those following a keto, low carb, and sugar-free diet!
Healthy Chocolate Coconut Bars- The ultimate keto and vegan dessert
These no bake chocolate coconut bars are quick, easy and secretly healthy. The take minutes to prep and make, which is perfect for last minute desserts or when the sweet tooth strikes! Also, you won’t need any coconut oil!
You only need four ingredients to make this healthy chocolate coconut bars recipe-
- Coconut Butter
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Pure Maple Syrup or Keto substitution
- Chocolate chips of choice
Coconut butter is the key ingredient here, as the texture and flavor of it really amp up these no bake chocolate coconut bars, and distinguishes them from other similar chocolate coconut bars out there!
Is there a difference between coconut butter and coconut oil?
I often get asked if coconut oil can replace coconut butter and vica versa and the answer is no, unfortunately.
Coconut oil and coconut butter are two different ingredients.
Coconut butter is made from the flesh (or coconut meat) of the coconut itself. It is blended into a smooth and creamy paste. It also has a naturally sweet and delicious flavor.
Coconut oil is neutral tasting and clear in color. This is due to the oil being extracted from the coconut flesh.
Is coconut butter keto friendly?
Because of its naturally low carb count and high-fat content, coconut butter is suitable for a ketogenic diet. It’s not only great in recipes like this, but perfect to enjoy on its own, to satisfy the sweet cravings!
How to make coconut butter
For the longest time, I was forking out a significant amount of money for a small jar of coconut butter. Luckily, I soon realized how easy it was to make homemade coconut butter…and it only needed 1 ingredient!
To make homemade coconut butter, simply blend 4-6 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut until thick and creamy.
What sweeteners can I use on a keto diet?
For these chocolate coconut no bake bars recipe, you’ll need a sticky sweetener to help form the bars together.
I use a monk fruit sweetened maple syrup, as it has the thickness and texture to help hold the bars together. Other sugar-free syrups generally won’t work, as they are filled with water and are too runny.
If you don’t follow a ketogenic diet, paleo and vegan sweeteners like pure maple syrup is best.
Do they make sugar free chocolate chips?
There are certain kinds of chocolate that are keto friendly.
For the ketogenic option, you’ll need to use sugar-free chocolate chips. There are several brands available, but my preferred one is Lily’s sugar free chocolate chips. They are stevia sweetened and melt beautifully.
Other sugar free chocolate chips use artificial sweeteners, so just be wary of them.
If you need any more convincing to make these healthy no bake paleo vegan chocolate coconut bars, just realize that they need 4 ingredients, take 5 minutes and are a low carb and sugar-free way to satisfy the sweet tooth!
Healthy No Bake Paleo Vegan Chocolate Coconut Bars (Keto, Low Carb)
- Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a small stove or microwave-safe bowl, combine your coconut butter and pure maple syrup (or keto-friendly sticky sweetener, like monk fruit maple syrup). On low heat/low power, heat until just melted. Mix well to combine.
- Add your shredded coconut and mix until a thick dough remains. Transfer to lined pan and press firmly in place. Place the coconut bar layer in the refrigerator.
- Melt your chocolate chips of choice. Pour over the coconut bar layer and refrigerate until firm. Cut into 20 small squares, or 10 large ones.