Healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

These Healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites are little squares of pure chocolate and coconut bliss.  They’re made with unsweetened coconut flakes, brown rice syrup and a wee bit of vanilla.These Healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites are little squares of pure bliss and they provide a healthy dose of good fats, antioxidants and fiber

CHOCOLATE COCONUT BARS

These chocolate coconut bars are made with shredded coconut, brown rice syrup and pure vanilla extract.  They come together easily and they offer a healthy dose of good fats (coconut oil), antioxidants (dark chocolate) and iron and fiber (coconut).

These Healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites are little squares of pure bliss and they provide a healthy dose of good fats, antioxidants and fiber

These coconut chocolate bars are amazing simple. They’re light and chewy and have a rich coconut flavor.  I originally fell in love with chocolate coconut bites when I discovered them at my local health food store (Mother’s Market).  I’m typically not a sweets person, but these little bites are just the right size and have just the right amount of sweetness.  They’re made with brown rice syrup, but you can use pure maple syrup or honey if you prefer.  Brown rice syrup is a light syrup that doesn’t have a demanding flavor, so the coconut flavor gets to really shine through.  If you use honey of maple syrup, the coconut flavor will have some competition.  But they’ll taste amazing either way!

CHOCOLATE BARS RECIPE

These chocolate covered energy bites with coconut can be made into bars, bites or rolled into balls.  

  • 3 cups unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup (you can use honey or maple syrup as well)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • chocolate sauce (recipe below)

HOW TO MAKE ENERGY BARS

This energy bites recipe comes together in about an hour.  Thirty to forty-five minutes of that time is for the coconut base to harden in the freezer to make it easy to cut into bars or bite sized pieces and dipping in luscious melted dark chocolate.

  • Line a loaf pan or an 8 x 8 cake pan with parchment paper.  Spray the parchment paper with coconut spray.
  • Add the coconut to a food processor and process for a few seconds to process the coconut into finer pieces.
  • With the processor running, add the rice syrup, vanilla and salt.
  • Process for about a minute or until the ingredients are blended.
  • Pour the coconut mixture into the prepared pan and spread out.  Form into an even rectangle shape of about 1/2 inch thickness.
  • Place in the freezer and freeze for about 30 – 45 minutes or until the coconut bar has set.
  • Remove from freezer and cut the coconut bar into approximately 24 bite-size pieces.
  • Make chocolate sauce.
  • Dip each coconut piece of candy in the chocolate and set on a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat.
  • Place the chocolate covered coconut bites either in the freezer for about 10 minutes to set, or set them in the refrigerator for 30 – 45 minutes to set.

HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE SAUCE RECIPE

This is a really delicious homemade chocolate sauce that requires only two ingredients.

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (or 1 cup chopped dark chocolate from a bar like Scharffen Berger)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE SAUCE

  1. Heat the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small sauce pan over a double broiler.  Stir until the chips have completely melted.  Remove from heat.

These Healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites are little squares of pure bliss and they provide a healthy dose of good fats, antioxidants and fiber

But for those of us who are dark chocolate-lovers, you’re going to want to dunk these morsels is a pot of silky melted dark chocolate. Then pop them in the fridge to chill and set for a bit and then you can enjoy to your heart’s content.

These Healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites are little squares of pure bliss and they provide a healthy dose of good fats, antioxidants and fiber

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BENEFITS OF DARK CHOCOLATE

Dark chocolate has a higher concentration of cacao than milk chocolate, and that alone makes dark chocolate healthier. The higher concentration of cacao means the more flavonoids and antioxidants and this is good because it helps to strengthen blood vessels, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

BENEFITS OF COCONUT

Coconut helps support the immune system because of its anti-viral, bacterial, fungal and parasite properties, and dried coconut is a decent source of fiber and iron.

ENERGY BITES RECIPES

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Yield: 12 servings

Healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

These Healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites are little squares of pure chocolate and coconut bliss. They're made with unsweetened coconut flakes, brown rice syrup and a wee bit of vanilla, and they come together in about 10 minutes. 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup (you can use honey or maple syrup as well)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (or 1 cup chopped dark chocolate from a bar like Scharffen Berger)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions

For the Coconut Bites
  • Line a loaf pan or an 8 x 8 cake pan with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with coconut spray.
  • Add the coconut to a food processor and process for a few seconds to process the coconut into finer pieces.
  • With the processor running, add the rice syrup, vanilla and salt.
  • Process for about a minute or until the ingredients are blended.
  • Pour the coconut mixture into the prepared pan and spread out. Form into an even rectangle shape of about 1/2 inch thickness.
  • Place in the freezer and freeze for about 30 - 45 minutes or until the coconut bar has set.
  • Remove from freezer and cut the coconut bar into approximately 24 bite-size pieces.
For the Dark Chocolate Sauce
  1. Heat the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small sauce pan over a double broiler. Stir until the chips have completely melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Dip each coconut piece of candy in the chocolate and set on a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat.
  3. Place the chocolate covered coconut bites either in the freezer for about 10 minutes to set, or set them in the refrigerator for 30 - 45 minutes to set.

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