Chocolate Coconut Bars

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This chocolate coconut bars recipe is one of the easiest and most healthy dessert recipes on the list. The decadent fusion between coconut and chocolate speaks for itself because the flavours go so well hand-in-hand leaving that enjoyable aftertaste. It’s a great way of incorporating healthy snack ideas such as these yummy coconut bars into your diet because this recipe is gluten-free and sugar-free. This recipe is allergy-friendly and contains no tree nuts, dairy, eggs, or grains. The ingredients in this recipe are simple, yet loaded with health benefits that speak nutrition and health. You can even substitute these healthy bars for store-bought candy that has all the unwanted ingredients like sugar, soy, etc. These bars are absolutely guilt-free and can be eaten as a post or pre-workout snack as well. Healthy snack ideas such as these bars are like handmade DIY candy bars and make for tasty treats that are wholesome, especially for kids.

Coconut flakes have a natural sweetness that adds a distinct flavor and gives dense texture to desserts. Make sure to use unsweetened coconut flakes to get maximum health benefits. You can find unsweetened coconut at any health food store and sometimes called as ‘desiccated’ coconut. You can even make your own shredded coconut from scratch by throwing coconut bits into a blender or a coffee grinder and blend them until you get a course texture. Besides the several health benefits that come from unsweetened coconut nutrition, it is also low in carbs and loaded with fiber. Unsweetened coconut nutrition helps in supplying lauric acid to your system which is known for being antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal.

You can make this scrumptious recipe even more delicious by adding almonds or any other nuts of your choice. Adding pure vanilla extract also gives it a good flavour. You can dust powdered cinnamon on top of the coconut flakes as well. Add chopped raisins or dates for that wonderful twist of natural sweetness. Since mint goes well with chocolate, go ahead and add some peppermint essence in this recipe. You need to add less than a teaspoon since the essence is concentrated, a little goes a long way. Make these bars for special occasions like birthdays or during the holidays. You can even gift your loved ones these handmade chocolate bars. When you’re picking chocolate to prepare this recipe, make sure you buy the fair trade organic chocolate with at least 70 percent or more cacao in it. This ensures less sugar and processing in the chocolate and yields maximum health benefits from chocolate. To make it healthier, choose dark chocolate instead of regular chocolate. Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants, improves cardiovascular health and contains fiber and iron.

Thank you to Raia at the ‘Raias Recipes’ food blog for sharing this healthy chocolate coconut bars recipe with us. Do check out her blog for more gluten-free recipes. This chocolate coconut bars recipe is exceptionally tasty and one-of-a-kind recipe among healthy dessert recipes. Make some today!**

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