Special Diet - Created Date : 2.10.2019
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!
Who am I?
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!
Types of Shredded Coconut
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!
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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.
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!
I noticed several people asked about the number of bars it makes. I’m aware you can make about as many bars as you please. But if you are going to provide nutritional and calorie information…that calculation should provide the exaxact number of bars. Many health minded people also still count calories.
I noticed that as well, however, my thought was a bit different: The recipe states 20 servings, and that a serving is one bar, thus it is written for 20 bars. As far as varying nutritional values if choosing to portion into more or less than 20 bars: Multiply the individual serving values by 20 to calculate values for the entire recipe, then just divide those by however many bars you choose to cut and, voila, you have the adjusted values for each portion of your individualized batch ?
Could I use powdered sweetener? I could add water and make it into a liquid if necessary. I have spent a lot on sugar alternatives and would like to make use of them rather than buying yet another if I could . Thank you
G’day, I’m Arman!
Thanks for stopping by The Big Man’s World ®. My name is Arman Liew, and I’m stoked to have you here! Here you’ll find delicious HEALTHY recipes, inspirational travel, and lifestyle, all served with a side of cheeky banter.
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