Almond Coconut Snack Bars

These snacks bars from The Paleo Mom are the bomb. I can’t remember if this recipe for Almond Coconut Bars popped up on my facebook newsfeed somewhere or if I was already following the blog. Regardless, I saw it, and I instantly thought = sweet treat for Don. Surprisingly, they don’t taste like a dessert item like I thought they might. They strike me more like a granola bar. And a small piece goes a long way. I’ve been enjoying them as mid-day snacks for days now. I made two slight changes to accommodate my supplies on hand – sunflower butter in the place of almond butter and maple syrup instead of molasses.


  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower butter
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 oz 85% dark chocolate


  1. Melt coconut oil over low heat in a small saucepan.
  2. Line a square dish with parchment or wax paper.
  3. Pulse almonds in food processor to a medium-fine texture.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the chocolate to the food processor and pulse. Mix a bit by hand to ensure full incorporation.
  5. Pour into dish and smooth out to edges to fill the dish. Refrigerate until set – at least 1 hour.
  6. Melt chocolate over low heat in a double boiler. Pour over base and spread until evenly coated. Place back into refrigerator for approximately 5 minutes (I completely SPACED this step!) until chocolate is solid but still a little soft – for ease of cutting. (Yep. You definitely should heed that part.)
  7. Cut into bars and store in a plastic container, in the fridge if you want them to be firm. I kept mine on the counter. My fridge was too cold and they were too hard for my taste.

Here’s a look at the method to my madness. 🙂


Coconut flour and salt on left; shredded coconut center; sunflower butter on right.


Coconut oil melting.


Almonds. About to be pulverized.


See all the large chunks? I think I should have let it go longer.
My bars flaked and broke apart easily and I think it was mostly due to the large chunks.


Here I’ve added the coconut flakes and other sundry ingredients. Only the coconut oil is missing.


Here the coconut oil has been added. (This is SUPER easy to make BTW.)


My pan is 8×8 so I believe my bars are thicker than Paleo Mom’s 9×9 pan. And into the fridge!


After letting the base firm up, I used my make-shift double broiler to melt my chocolate.
(It’s just a mixing bowl that fits nicely over a small saucepan.)


Here’s a look after the base is firm.


Now, topped with chocolate!


Here’s where I went all wrong. I missed the tip to only let it set for 5 minutes. I put it back in the fridge and went about other projects. It might have been there for another hour. Oops!
So…cutting it was a challenge.


See that piece in the upper left? All jagged and crumbly? Yeah. I was getting a lot of that.
I managed to salvage most of it by turning it over and cutting from the softer side first.
After enjoying a few, in the end we cut them in half again from what you see pictured.
They are quite filling and hold me over well between meals, especially during the workday.


Gratuitous last shot. 🙂

People who love to eat are always the best people.
~ Julia Child

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