Chocolate Coconut Bars

Chocolate Coconut Bars – packed with coconut, oats, & raisins topped with a dark chocolate coconut ganache. Made with coconut oil & naturally sweetened.


Last year I first delved into baking using coconut oil with my chocolate peanut butter bake, a recipe which included refined sugar. This year you may have noticed some of my recipes have included a few bakes made with natural sugars – nothing wrong with a “everything in moderation” refined sugar treat but I’m enjoying exploring healthier alternatives.


Which leads me to Vita Coco and Foodies 100, who are running a competition looking for recipes using Vita Coco coconut oil. Since I’m always up for a challenge, I’ve enjoyed baking with coconut oil and I’m still researching natural sweetness in bakes, this competition is right up my street. I’ve gone with a naturally sweetened bake, packed it with coconut, oats and raisins and topped it with my chocolate coconut ganache as this worked so well with my peanut butter bake. The finished Chocolate Coconut Bars have been a huge hit with the family (it seems you’d never know they were a healthier bake) and I can’t make enough of them to keep everyone supplied !


You’ll love these seriously good Chocolate Coconut Bars packed full of coconut deliciousness, the dark chocolate ganache topping perfectly compliments the oat and raisin sweetness to blend all the flavours into a tempting treat.


The health benefits of coconut oil have been very well documented for quite some time and it really is a versatile product way beyond a baking ingredient. I use coconut oil in stir fries because its mild flavour doesn’t overpower a dish and its higher smoking point means there is less burn at higher temperatures. Also, coconut oil isn’t limited to being a foodstuff – it works wonders on my rough gardening hands and apparently doubles up as a hair conditioner, although I haven’t tried it on my hair yet 🙂


Chocolate Coconut Bars are so easy to make, simply add all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.


Whisk together the maple syrup, melted coconut oil and beaten egg, add to the dry mix and mix together.


Spread the mix into your prepared baking tin and pop in the the oven.


Pour over the melted chocolate coconut ganache and spread to cover your bake.


Sprinkle with shredded coconut and leave to set completely before cutting into bars.

Here’s the recipe in quick printable format so you can have it to hand while you try it out.

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Chocolate Coconut Bars - packed with coconut, oats, & raisins topped with a dark chocolate coconut ganache. Made with coconut oil & naturally sweetened.
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Recipe type: Baking
Cuisine: Healthy
Serves: 12 bars or 24 squares
Ingredients
  • 125 g (1 cup) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 75 g (1 cup) porridge oats
  • 50 g ( ½ cup) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 150 g (1 cup) raisins or sultanas
  • 150 g (½ cup) maple syrup or honey (I used maple syrup)
  • 100 g (⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons) coconut oil (I used Vita Coco) melted
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 150 g (5 oz) plain chocolate chips or plain chocolate broken into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Optional: Extra shredded coconut or coconut flakes for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Grease and line a baking tin 18 cm x 26 cm ( 7" x 10½") and preheat oven to 180℃ / 300℉ /Gas Mark 4
  2. Sieve flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and add oats, shredded coconut and raisins. Stir together.
  3. Whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil and beaten egg in a jug. Add to the dry ingredients and mix together with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  4. Spread mixture evenly into your prepared tin and pop into the oven for about 20 minutes until soft but not firm. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.
  5. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl over a pan of hot water and beat together until smooth. Pour over the coconut, oat and raisin bake and spread evenly.
  6. Sprinkle with extra shredded coconut or flakes. Leave to cool before removing from the tin and cutting into 12 bars or 24 squares.
Notes
It's best to melt your coconut oil before you start mixing - I did mine with a couple of 30 second bursts in the microwave.

You can find Vita Coco Coconut Oil at Tescos, Holland & Barret and online through Amazon.

This recipe is an entry into the #Swearbyit challenge with Vita Coco. Find more great coconut oil recipes and tips on using coconut oil at www.swearbyit.com

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I’m also linking Chocolate Coconut Bars to: Fiesta Fridays
Bake of the Week co-hosted by Sarah at Maison Cupcake & Helen at Casa Costello (this week hosted by Sarah)
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47 thoughts on “Chocolate Coconut Bars

  1. These look absolutely delicious. I’ve used coconut oil a couple of times in bakes, but definitely want to explore it further. These chocolate coconut bars looks so enticing and they’re healthier. Fab recipe x.

    • Thanks Rachel, I didn’t win but I enjoyed creating a recipe for the competition and Chocolate Coconut Bars are now a regular bake here at the Kitchen Shed.

  2. Hi Sarah, these look and sound delicious! I use coconut oil all the time on my skin, but have yet to use it in cooking (although I have a jar both in the kitchen and the bedroom).

    These chocolate coconut bars sound the perfect recipe for cracking open that kitchen jar before it ends up in the bedroom!

    xx

  3. Can’t beat these bars, really easy to make and taste amazing. Gone down well with all the family, even those not usually so keen on coconut.

  4. I’m finding more and more uses for coconut oil each week – So versatile. One of the tastiest looking are your bars though! Thanks once again for joining in with #bakeoftheweek. Roundup and new linky now open x

  5. Oh, these look great! I´m a real sucker for anything coconut and I really liked that these are slightly better for you. I also try to swap out the refined sugars every now and then and I´m so glad to another recipe to my collection 🙂

  6. These look so good! I’m all up for sugar free treats as well. I wonder what would happen if you left the egg out… Must try! #CookBlogShare

    • Thanks Mandy, that is a good idea, the egg does hold the mixture together and give it that cookie texture, I would have to add more syrup or another alternative. Let me know if you try them x

  7. I am always drawn to recipes where one of the ingredients is maple syrup and of course chocolate. Bars are always a good treat to have around for a quick bite 🙂

  8. These bars look absolutely delicious. I am a chocoholic and love love raisins and coconut. I would never have thought to pair them together though. Thank you for sharing with FF!

    • Thanks Julie, I’d tried raisins and coconut in a cookie with chocolate chips and enjoyed the combination, so tried chocolate as a topping to my bars. A pleasure to join the Fiesta party and thanks for hosting x

    • Thanks Sarah, chocolate and coconut do work so well together don’t they? A pleasure to join in with #BakeoftheWeek 🙂

  9. Seems great minds think alike – I have posted something very similar on my blog today. I love your version though – especially the addition of a coconut and chocolate ganache on top – what a fab idea – going to have to try that! Eb x

    • Thanks Eb, I love your fruity carrot coconut bars they look delicious. The chocolate coconut ganache was inspired by my love of dark chocolate Bounty bars, I loved chocolate and coconut as a child. Let me know how you get on x

  10. These sound delicious. Everyone has been raving about coconut oil for a while now, but I’ve been unsure where to start with trying it….these are a definite! Funny you mention its other uses; only this week was someone in the office taking about it being a myrical cure for baby cradle cap! Thanks for sharing

    • Thanks Sarah, definitely worth trying coconut oil, it’s wonderful for baking with. I bet it would work well for baby cradle crap, I love natural remedies. A pleasure to share x

  11. Ooh, these sound lovely. I made a similar kind of bar inspired by cherry bakewells last year but never attempted a chocolate-y variation – I may have to rectify that!

    • Thanks Kay, I love the sound of a cherry bakewell inspired coconut bar, definitely worth trying coconut with chocolate.

    • Thanks Kirsty, a good idea to keep stocked up with coconut oil. Always a pleasure to link up with #CookBlogShare x

  12. These do look good and Ive not tried coconut oil either. I guess its about time I give it a try, if the results is as good as these look i’ll be happy

  13. I love cooking and baking with coconut oil! As you say, the health benefits are just fantastic! These sound absolutely wonderful, and I will definitely be trying these out, with a bit of adapting to make it safe for the little dude! 🙂 x #cookblogshare

  14. These sound fantastic Sarah. You know, I must be the only person in the food blogging world not to have tried coconut oil, but sadly my dear hubby really really doesn’t like coconut! How much does the coconut flavour come through in bakes (though I recognise your recipe includes shredded coconut also). #CookBlogShare
    Angela x

    • Thanks Angela, it’s a shame your hubby doesn’t like coconut. The coconut flavour is mild, when I made my peanut butter bars you could just taste it against the peanut flavour but a few people had no idea I’d made them with coconut oil. You could always try it and see, thanks for popping by x

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