These chocolate-covered coconut cashew bars are the perfect healthy sweet treat that you will feel good about eating.
These chocolate-covered coconut cashew bars have the perfect balance of the nuttiness from the coconut, the creaminess of the cashews, and the nice chocolate coating to finish it all up.
Give this easy recipe a try, and you’ve got yourself a nice sweet treat that’s not just healthy, but actually tastes good. You’ll definitely find yourself making it again and again.
Best of all, it takes just a few minutes to put together. Got you onboard? Here’s all you need to know about the recipe.
Ingredients For the Recipe
With just 5 ingredients to name, this is one recipe you wouldn’t want to miss out on.
- 1 ¼ cups cashews
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 15 dates
- ½ cup coconut cream
- Melted chocolate for the top
How to Make the Chocolate Covered Coconut Cashew Bars
Once you have all the ingredients ready, here’s what you need to do to make these bars.
Put the cashews in a food processor and blend them until you have fine crumbs.
Add coconut, dates, and coconut cream and continue processing until you get a nice and thick mixture.
If the mixture is not sticky enough you can always add a few more dates or some more cream.
Pour the mixture in a cake pan lined with parchment paper in a smooth layer and let place it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Take the chocolate and melt it in a microwave or at a low temperature. .
Remove the cake pan from the fridge and cut the bars to the desired size.
Dip each bar in the chocolate one by one.
Leave the chocolate to set for another 20-30 minutes and the bars are ready to eat.
Which Dates Should I Use?
Medjool dates are the best choice- when it comes to making these chocolate-covered coconut cashew bars, and for practically any other healthy sweet treat and energy ball recipe you want to try out. They have just the right amount of sweetness and are super easy to work with, thanks to their soft texture.
If you don’t have Medjool dates, you could use any other kind of soft dates that you prefer.
What Else Can I Add to the Chocolate Covered Coconut Cashew Bars?
These classic, versatile chocolate-covered coconut cashew bars can be tweaked around, and you can throw in a lot of other ingredients that you want to. Here are some good ideas you can consider.
- Top the final chocolate coating with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds for some additional crunch factor and to increase the nutritive value of these bars. Don’t have sesame seeds? You could use flax seeds or hemp seeds too!
- You can also add some instant oats into the mixture along with the dates and the other ingredients, and increase the fiber content of these bars. You will, of course, need to tweak the other ingredients a bit to get the right texture.
- To lend some more intense chocolate flavor to these bars, you can add a spoonful of cocoa powder into the mixture.
- If you don’t have dates, you could make do with figs too. Just remember that you might need to soak them a bit for them to get a little bit more moisture.
- You can also add some chopped nuts like pistachios, almonds, pecans, and peanuts into the mixture if you want.
- Don’t forget to reserve some toasted coconut flakes (the unsweetened variety of course) to sprinkle on the chocolate coating of the bars.
- And of course, if nothing else seems to work for you, some good old (unsweetened) chocolate chips can do the trick.
How Do I Store Them?
Storing these chocolate-covered coconut cashew bars is super easy. All you have to do is wrap them individually in parchment paper and transfer them to an airtight container. You can then refrigerate them and they can stay good in there for up to 10 days.
These bars can be frozen too- just make sure you use a freezer-safe container to prevent freezer burn.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Chocolate Covered Coconut Cashew Bars
You might be all sorted with the recipe, but don’t forget to keep these additional tips and tricks in mind.
- When blending the cashews, remember to keep them slightly grainy. You might be tempted to blend them until they are completely smooth and creamy, but doing that with the cashews (or practically any other kind of nut) will cause the nut oils to start separating from the solids, and you won’t get the right texture that you need to make these coconut cashew bars.
- Make sure you refrigerate these bars for at least 30 minutes, preferably more. Doing this will help all the ingredients set together well, and will also help the chocolate coating cover the bars more evenly.
- To get that little crunch factor in the chocolate coating, add a spoonful of coconut oil while you are melting the chocolate. This will also help keep your melted chocolate from being grainy.
- To make these little bars more healthy, you can skip the milk chocolate and use dark chocolate instead.
- To enhance the flavors of these bars, you can sprinkle a bit of sea salt or kosher salt into the mixture. This will also help balance out the sweetness of the bars.
- Looking to lend some additional sweetness to the bars? You can add a bit of maple syrup or honey.
- Don’t forget to cover the mold with some parchment paper. This will help you remove the bars much more easily.
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- 1 ¼ cups (200g) cashews
- 1 cup (100g) shredded coconut
- 15 dates
- ½ cup (118ml) coconut cream
- 1 cup (170g) chocolate for melting
- Put the cashews in a food processor and blend them until you have fine crumbs.
- Add coconut, dates, and coconut cream and continue processing until you get a nice and thick mixture.
- If the mixture is not sticky enough you can always add a few more dates or some more cream.
- Pour the mixture in a cake pan lined with parchment paper in a smooth layer and let place it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Take the chocolate and melt it in a microwave or at a low temperature.
- Remove the cake pan from the fridge and cut the bars to the desired size.
- Dip each bar in the chocolate one by one.
- Leave the chocolate to set for another 20-30 minutes and the bars are ready to eat.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g