These coconut chocolate chip bliss bars are sweet, chewy, and taste incredible! This coconut and chocolate chip dessert is easy, no-bake, and nutritious.
Coconut chocolate chip bliss bars
Let me introduce you all to these coconut chocolate chip bliss bars. These bars are sweet, chewy, and taste incredible! This coconut and chocolate chip dessert is easy, no-bake, and stored in the freezer.
These bars only have 6 ingredients. Filled with peanut butter, coconut, and chocolate chips, these bars are so delicious! We've made these week after week this summer because they're perfect in the afternoon, at night, or whenever we want something sweet. I can't explain how good they are!
What ingredients do I need?
If you have made any of my recipes, you'll know I like to keep things easy. That means I try to use the least amount of ingredients and what I usually have on stock in my pantry. This recipe fits those requirements! Here's what you'll need:
- Shredded Coconut - I'll be honest that I created this recipe specifically for the coconut flavor! Some of the coconut will be mixed in the recipe and some will be sprinkled on top.
- Mini Chocolate Chips - This is one of the main ingredients so you'll want to make sure you have plenty! Dark chocolate chips are my favorite to use, but any kind will work. Part of the chocolate chips will be melted for the base, part will be mixed into the bar, and the rest will be sprinkled on top.
- Nut Butter - A creamy, natural peanut butter will work the best in this recipe. This will add healthy fats and serve as a binder for the bar.
- Dates - The dates are one of the base ingredients for the bar. They will sweeten the recipe and help create a chewy texture. They're also high in fiber and have several nutritional benefits!
- Honey - Adding honey will sweeten the bars and help everything stick together.
- Walnuts - The walnuts are used to create the bar. They help with the texture as well!
Can I make any substitutions?
There are definitely some substitutions you can make to this recipe. I have made this recipe by swapping similar ingredients currently stocked in my pantry and it has turned out just as good! Here are some substitution ideas:
- Shredded Coconut - Coconut is one of the main ingredients so you'll definitely want to keep this!
- Mini Chocolate Chips - Dark chocolate chips are my favorite to use, but any kind will work. You can use a different kind of chocolate for the base of the bar as well.
- Nut Butter - Any sort of natural nut butter will work for this recipe. You could try almond, peanut, sunflower, or whatever you like best!
- Dates - I haven't tried any ingredients similar to this to see how it holds up.
- Honey - I bet syrup or another sticky and sweet binding ingredient would work if you really didn't want to use honey.
- Walnuts - You can really use any kind of nut! I've tried walnuts and almonds, and both have worked fine. I can't taste a difference!
What equipment do I need?
Here's what you'll need for this recipe:
- Food processor - The great part about using a food processor is that it will do most of the heavy lifting for you! It's what will be used to make the bar.
- This Cuisinart 8-cup food processor is my favorite.
- Baking Sheet - This is what will be used to make your bar. You'll take this in and out of the freezer during the process so make sure it fits in your freezer.
- Parchment Paper - You'll need one sheet of parchment paper that is big enough to cover the baking sheet.
- Small Bowl - This bowl will be used to melt the chocolate for the base of the bar.
What makes these healthy?
One reason I love this recipe is because it uses whole food and natural sweeteners for ingredients. There's the dates, walnuts, and nut butter that make up the bulk of the bar. There's also honey, chocolate chips, and coconut. You can take a lot at the nutrition facts in the recipe and you'll see these bars are an awesome source of potassium and calcium. There are some carbs, fats, plus a little bit of natural sugar. Everyone has their own definition of healthy, but I feel better getting energy for a bar like this than from candy, and to me, these taste just as good!
How can I store these?
These bars can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer. Making sure they are completely frozen on the pan before you stack them into a container or they might stick together. My guess is that they would last in the freezer for up to 3 months, but I haven't tested that exactly because they never last that long for us!
When should I eat these?
Literally eat these any and all the time. My favorite time to eat this is a post-lunch sweet treat or a late-night dessert. I've also had one right before a run! Really, these taste so good all the time and are perfect when you're craving something sweet.
Can I have the recipe?
If you try this recipe and love it, please rate it and me know your thoughts! Enjoy!
Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars Bliss Bars
- food processor
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- small bowl
For the Bar:
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- 1 cup walnuts
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup nut butter
For Bottom of Bar:
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (melted)
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
- ¼ cup mini dark chocolate chips
- For the Bottom of the Bar:
- Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips. (To melt, place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high in the microwave for 1 minute or until the chocolate is melted. Stir until the chocolate has reached a melted consistency. Add 30 seconds of cooking time if needed.)
- Spread the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper. Use a spoon to cover the entire baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 20 minutes.
- For the Bar:
- Place the dates and nuts in the food processor. Pulse until it is blended into small pieces.
- Add coconut, honey, nut butter, and chocolate chips to the food processor. Pulse until it is all combined and forms a dough.
- The Remaining Steps
- After the chocolate is frozen, take the baking sheet out of the freezer and use your hands or a spoon to spread the dough across the melted chocolate.
- Sprinkle the top with remaining mini chocolate chips and coconut.
- Freeze for at least an additional 20 minutes.
- Take out of freezer, cut into pieces, and enjoy!
- To store, place pieces of bar in a storage container and keep in the freezer.