finished coconut bars

Nut Free Coconut Protein Bars

Serves 20
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Total time 2 hours
Allergy Egg, Fish, Milk, Peanuts, Shellfish, Soy, Tree Nuts, Wheat
Dietary Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Creamy and delicious, these bars are low in sugar while feeling like a treat. My kids and neighbors love the recipe below but it's easily adapted if you'd like to add more protein powder and/or less dates. I've also made them with stevia instead of maple syrup and they were great. Easily modified for taste, easy to make, and the hit of any occasion.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups coconut oil (melted)
  • 12 dates (pitted)
  • 1 1/2 cup cocount (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup hemp hearts (also called hulled hemp seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons whey protein (can also use rice or another source)

Optional

  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (you can also use your favority dark chocolate candy bar)

Note

Creamy and delicious, these bars are low in sugar while feeling like a treat.  My kids and neighbors love the recipe below but it's easily adapted if you'd like to add more protein powder and/or less dates.  I've also made them with stevia instead of maple syrup and they were great.  Easily modified for taste, easy to make, and the hit of any occasion.

Directions

Step 1. Finely chop dates in a mixer.
Step 2. Add remaining ingredients except chocolate and mix together.
Step 3. Taste the mixture - ensure it is to your liking. You can add more salt or more maple syrup as your tastes prefer.
Step 4. Scoop the mixture onto parchment paper and shape it into a square or rectangle that is about 3/4 or an inch thick
Step 5. chilled and cut coconut bars
Refrigerate the mixture for about 20 minutes then cut the mixture into smaller serving sizes; I cut them into 1"x2" rectangles but anything works. You can move onto the next steps to coat them in chocolate or enjoy them as is.
Step 6. If coating with chocolate then freeze the bars for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Step 7. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or other similar setup so as not to burn the chocolate.
Step 8. Individually roll each piece into the chocolate and let it cool on parchment paper.
Step 9. Store at cool temperatures. I keep mine in the refrigerator for long term storage.