Coconut Fudge Bars

Whether it’s because I’m getting older or getting healthier, my body no longer handles sugar well.  This is a great problem to have, obviously.  I’m really quite grateful, as I used to eat wayyyyyyyy too much sugar.  But what is a chocolate lover to do when she has a chocolate craving?  Suck on a bar of unsweetened chocolate?  Mmmm, no.

Chocolate Whipped Cream on Strawberries to the rescue.  Also, last week I played with my Chewy Granola Bars recipe.  I used to make them with chocolate chips – but that obviously adds extra sugar.  This time, I came up with a dark chocolate variety that is only lightly sweet, super coconuty, and oh so chocolaty rich.

Coconut Fudge Bars

1/2 cup peanut butter or sunbutter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil (or another oil of your choice)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

In a medium sized saucepan, melt together peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, and cocoa.  Remove from heat and stir in oats and coconut flakes.  Spread mixture into a 9×9 inch pan.  Chill for 2 hours before serving.  Makes 8-16 bars, depending on how big/small you cut them.

Coconut Fudge Bars

These store best in the fridge, otherwise they are melty and will get chocolate all over your hands and face.  If this is not a problem for you, by all means, store them on the countertop.  If you want to pack these in a lunch, I recommend wrapping them individually, freezing them, and sending a spoon or fork along to make them less messy for the consumer.  If having chocolate all over your child’s hands and face at school is not a problem for you, by all means, send them without a utensil.

These are super rich and only barely sweet.  Feel free to add more honey if you prefer.

So tell me:  Are you a dark chocolate fan?

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Comments

  1. Nia Hanna says

    Laura, Have I told your granola bars taste just like chic-o sticks. Coconut and peanut butter together is so very good. Your original recipe is one of my faves, not only because of taste, but what busy parent/ cook doesn’t love a no-bake granola bar? And now you’ve gone and added chocolate, and more coconut to the mix, sounds extra yummy. Our favorite baked granola bar always had a dose of shredded coconut and chocolate chips mixed in, now I can make a bar that doesn’t need baking? Thank you Laura for giving my oven a break!

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  2. Melissa says

    Wow, those look yummy! Yes, I’ve come around to dark chocolate as I’ve gotten older – maybe it’s an acquired taste?

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  3. Tisha says

    These look delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! I can hardly wait to try it out! You are a blessing to many families.

    Have a blessed & wonderful day! :o)

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  4. Shelley says

    Thanks, Laura! I was just having a sweetie attack after lunch, looked at my emails and saw this recipe. I am trying this as soon as I get the lunch dishes washed! I have always loved dark chocolate and this looks yummy.

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  5. Sarah says

    Can’t wait to try these! My trick with c chips is to just sprinkle a few on top of the g bars and smash them down just a little bit. My kids think they’re full of chocolate chips when really there’s just a few on top!

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  6. Heidi says

    Yes, totally a dark chocolate lover!! Ever since my first trimester of my second pregnancy… Never have gone back. Don’t even like to waste my time (and calories) on the milk chocolate stuff!! :-)

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  7. Cindy says

    I wonder what a body would do if one doesn’t care for coconut flakes? I use refined coconut oil, so no taste added there. I do use a small amount of flaked-coconut (not sweetened) in my granola cereal (mostly your recipe, Laura) but overall I don’t care for coconut taste… Should I just add more oats?

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    April Hutchens Reply:

    Try these instead…same concept, but without the coconut. Just add the cocoa powder if you want chocolate. :)

    http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/homemade-chewy-granola-bars-without-corn-syrup

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  8. Nia Hanna says

    We made these today and subbed almond butter in place of the peanut butter. So good. love these flavors together, chocolate, almond and coconut.

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