Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Dessert Bars

A Note from PaleoBetty on 10/6/11: Hello, all my lovely readers!  I’ve actually gotten a bunch of interest in this recipe lately, and I wanted to give you all a heads-up that I’m reworking it… It was one of my first adaptations, and while it’s delish, it can be even better. 🙂 If you’re looking for a decadent dessert immediately, I’d hop over to the flourless choco cake – it’s super simple to make, and it’s ridiculously rich. At a party this weekend, I just cut it up into little 1″ squares to share. Yum!

Indulgent, gluten-free, and dairy free. Oh, yum.

CrossFit Central is hosting a bake sale today to support the Habitat for Humanity build, and given that I’m a huge fan of baked goods (professional cake baker in a past life), it seemed like a good idea to try a recipe.  For inspiration, I looked to Elana’s Pantry (amazing gluten-free, low-dairy, low-sugar treats) – I’d tried her Almond Joy Bars in the past, and I’d been looking for an excuse to do an adaptation of my own.

I think I’ll keep tweaking the recipe – the very bottom bit does still tend to come out a little underdone, but honestly, these things taste ridiculously good. They passed with flying colors with my 12-year-old, and he was VERY nervous about the almond extract going in…  I think the key is getting really high quality dark chocolate chips.  Next time, I’ll further reduce the quantity of palm sugar – I like my treats a little less sweet.  I’ll keep you posted as the recipe evolves!

Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Dessert Bars
Quantity: 16 2×2 bars
Time: About 10-15 minutes prep, 35-45 minutes baking, 60 minutes cooling
Paleo Grade: B (although naturally sweetened, there’s a fair amount of sugar in these, plus the dark choco)

  • 4 pastured eggs
  • 3/4 cup can coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk eggs, coconut milk, almond extract and palm sugar in a large bowl until well-combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Mix dry ingredients into wet with your stand or hand-mixer.
  5. Stir in ½ cup of the chocolate chips.
    (I’m loving Dagoba organic 73% Chocodrops… they’ve got ’em at Central Market in Austin.)
  6. Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish. Pour in batter, evenly distributing chocolate chips throughout.
  7. Gently sprinkle shredded coconut and remaining chocolate chips on top.
  8. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes and test for doneness (a toothpick inserted to the bottom should come out clean of batter). In my oven, they typically achieve “done-ness” around 35-38 minutes. (Half the fun of baking is knowing your oven… experiment and see what works for you!)
  9. Cool for at least an hour so everything sets.
  10. Cut and serve… These are tasty refrigerated as well!

Let me know how they turn out!  🙂

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9 Comments on “Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Dessert Bars”

  1. Kelly
    July 15, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    These were delicious!

    I actually found you from my boss, Erik (who apparently used to be YOUR boss at another company). Imagine my surprise when you’re a fellow CC’er (I’m Women’s Only 6:15 MWF).

    I actually tried one of these at the bake sale and they were great! 🙂

    • July 15, 2011 at 10:26 am #

      Small world! I’m in JDP’s 7:30pm MWT class! I worked with Erik briefly at Surgient (where we both were prior to our current gigs). I’m so glad you liked the choco almond bars!

      Hope to see you at a CF event soon!

  2. October 6, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Hey Nicole – here I sit this morning trying to find a good ‘treat’ to bring into our box tonight for one of our coach’s bdays and stumbled across your blog (love it!)- miss you and the Spiceworks crew!

    • October 6, 2011 at 9:06 am #

      What a nice surprise! How’s it going, Lauren? Liking the new gig? How’s CF going? 🙂

      I’d actually recommend the macaroons or the dark choco cake (I made the cake this weekend and cut into 1″ bites – perfect for sharing). The dark choco coconut bars need a little work… They’re good, but not up to the standard as the rest of the site. 🙂 Enjoy!


  3. tina
    May 20, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    our whole family loves these……..yum

  4. Kelly
    July 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    This looks so very good!.


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