Dark Chocolate Coconut Treats – Vegan, Gluten-free + Refined Sugar-Free

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Treats - Vegan, Gluten-free + Refined Sugar-Free

I know I have already mentioned that we are going away at the end of this week for the SXSW Music Festival and Flatstock Rock Poster convention, and that I didn’t know how many recipes I would get up before we go. But I HAD to make time to share this recipe with you guys. I threw this together the other night when I was craving something a little sweet but I wanted something different. I made a small batch as I was almost out of coconut, but I knew I would be making them again VERY soon once I could get more coconut, so I could perfect the recipe and share it with all of you. I do hope to get one more recipe up before I go, then I have a group of lovely bloggers that will be guest posting while I am away. I can’t wait!

I had come across this lovely healthy “Mounds” candy bar inspired treat from Tessa the Domestic Diva and it inspired me to make my own version in the first place. I honestly had forgotten how much I used to love Mounds Bars until I saw her recipe on Kalinda’s weekly Vegetarian, Gluten-free Round Up on Wheat Free Meat Free. The combination of coconut and dark chocolate is perfection and it has always been a favorite of mine, I wish I had started making these sooner.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Treats - Vegan, Gluten-free + Refined Sugar-Free

Like Tessa’s version, I wanted to make a healthy homemade version that wasn’t too sweet and I really wanted to make it with a good quality dark chocolate. I used Dagoba’s Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, which is so delicious, their chocolates are some of my favorites, but you can use whatever your favorite is. And as I mention in the recipe below, if you’d rather just melt some dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips to make it even easier, you can do that, too. I just wanted to make these refined sugar free and lightly sweeten it myself. If you taste either the coconut filling or the chocolate topping and find you want it to be sweeter, just add a little more maple syrup or whatever sweetener you are using. You could also add an almond or two at the bottom or top to make it more like an “Almond Joy” instead of a “Mounds Bar”.

I used a regular sized muffin tin to create these little “bars” but you could really use whatever you want, a mini-muffin tin would be really fun, and you’d end up with even more treats. I almost bought one just for this recipe, but hubby told me I am cut off. In his words I “officially have too much kitchen stuff”. Hehe! If you have a candy mold, that would probably also work. This simple dessert treat is so easy to make, it’d be perfect dessert to make and share at a party if you know there will be a vegan or someone with food allergies and everyone else will enjoy it, too.

Even with these not being too crazy sweet, these are wonderfully rich and satisfying, I love that about dark chocolate. You may even want to cut one of these in half and share it and make them last even longer. In an effort to not eat all of these myself, plus with some gentle begging from one of my yoga teachers on Facebook after she saw a photo I put up, I plan to bring some of these to my yoga studio tomorrow morning. This is good, I fear if I keep these around I will eat them up in a day, they are so good.

Something I wanted to mention and almost forgot, I have avoided using maple syrup as a sweetener in recipes for a very long time, since I assumed the maple flavor would be so strong and would over power whatever I was making. I don’t know what gave me that idea, but sometimes the flavor of maple syrup on it’s own or maple flavored foods, can be a bit too much for me. Honestly it is really amazing what a great sweetener it is and you don’t get any of the maple flavor. I am not sure why, but you don’t. Maybe in larger quantities you might, but it is perfect in a recipe like this. Plus, maple syrup has many health benefits, including being known for it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and being rich in trace minerals manganese and zinc. Of course sugar is still sugar, natural or otherwise, so don’t go consuming syrup or honey or other refined-sugar alternatives in huge quantities, but know that things like honey, maple syrup or coconut nectar are wonderful alternatives and much smarter choices then refined-sugars and synthetic syrups.Thought the bit about the flavor was worth mentioning though, in the event that you, like me, have been avoiding it for that reason.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Treats - Vegan, Gluten-free + Refined Sugar-Free

[print_this]Dark Chocolate Coconut Treats – Vegan, Gluten-free + Refined Sugar-Free
Makes 12 cups

Coconut Filling:

  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened organic coconut, finely shredded
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (you could use honey, coconut nectar or any other liquid sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Topping*:

  • 6 ounces 100% unsweetened organic dark chocolate (aka bakers chocolate) I used this
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (again any other liquid sweetener would work)

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the coconut filling ingredients and mix together until well combined. Evenly divide up the filling between the 12 muffin cups, pressing it in very tightly, making sure it is even. Don’t worry they won’t stick. Place the muffin pan in the freezer make sure it is sitting flat, and freeze until hard, about 30 minutes.

While the coconut filling is cooling, melt the dark chocolate with the coconut oil. Either very carefully in a double boiler setup on the stove top or in small increments in the microwave. After the chocolate and coconut oil is melted and whisked together and well combined, remove from the heat (if you melted it on the stove), and add in the maple syrup. Stir well to combine. Give the chocolate topping a little taste to see if you want it any sweeter. Add more syrup, if you wish. Take the muffin tin with the frozen coconut mixture out of the freezer, and divide your chocolate mixture over it, spooning it on top and smoothing the chocolate out to make sure it totally covers the coconut.

Put the muffin tin back into the freezer, and freeze until the chocolate has set, about another 30 minutes or so. To get the treats out of the pan, slide a knife around the outside of the treat and it will very easily pop out.

After these are set, you could store them in the freezer and keep them really cold and solid or just in the fridge. I keep them in the fridge, myself. Just don’t leave them sitting out on the counter as they will get pretty melty.

*NOTE: if you aren’t worried about making this refined sugar free, you could just melt semi-sweet chocolate chips, I was just hoping to avoid the sugar, so I made my own chocolate topping.

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39 Responses

  1. Lexie says:

    What a great idea … I think I will try this with my macaroon recipe. My kids will love these little cups 🙂 xoLexie

  2. ohmygosh….I would loooove this (sans syrup)!!! Looks super easy, too–bonus!

    • tastyyummies says:

      Thanks so much Alex. Out of curiosity, since you are the sugar-free queen, what would you recommend using instead of maple syrup to make these sugar-free? Stevia? I’d love to know and maybe try it that way, too. Thanks.

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  4. Seriously??? Something this easy and delicious was just around the corner! My husband would die over these. Thank you so much for linking them up this past week at Allergy-Free Wednesdays. We hope to see you back again this week.
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  5. Cara says:

    These look divine!!! Holy cow, Beth. I want to shove 5 of these in my mouth 🙂

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  9. Jeanene says:

    These look fabulous! I think I better make mine small for over eating reasons! lol
    Thanks for sharing! You rock!

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    Oh my golly gosh…. I think I have a blog crush on you 😉

  13. Meredith MacDonald says:

    Howdy! I just made these today, finally after months of having the recipe bookmarked! They are absolutely to die for. I used organic 85% dark chocolate + 1 tbsp coconut oil for the topping. My husband even loved them which is a good sign since he cringes at many of my “healthy” recipes 😉

    Yes, these are high in calories (calculated mine at 285 per cup) but they are made with the healthiest fat possible (that actually promotes weight loss, yay coconut!) and are free of refined sugar and any junk ingredients. This is a winning recipe and I thank you for posting it!

    Cheers 🙂

  14. Meredith MacDonald says:

    I guess I should have said what FELT like months, since you only posted this is March 😉 haha!!! Oops 😉

    • tastyyummies says:

      So glad you guys liked them. And yes, I agree they are a bit high in calories due to the fat from the coconut oil and the coconut flakes, but they are definitely healthy fats and as long as you don’t eat 30 of these in a sitting, you should be good. I ended up buying a mini-muffin pan this past week so I could make them smaller from now on, since the full sized muffin tins are just way too big for me.

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  17. Rose says:

    Hi,
    I’ve been eying these up for a while. Made them for a group the other night and words out around town already with people asking about them. Yum they were so good. Will be passing your blog around.

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  19. Cheryl says:

    I have died and gone to heaven. Good Lord, these are amazing!!! Thank you! Love your blog!

  20. almndjoy18 says:

    Great recipe! These REALLY DO taste like the candybar! My family is eating them messily as we speak! I used a bag of Enjoy chocolate chips I had in the pantry, but have made my own sweetened chocolate in the past as well. I found your recipe on Pinterest and look forward to trying out some more of your recipes!

  21. Lauren says:

    I was hoping these would turn out alright and they actually turned out A-freaking-MAZING. Awesome ratio of coconut to dark chocolate. So yummy!

  22. Jenna says:

    I made these last night and they were great. Mine wouldn’t pop out of the muffin tin though (it’s a non-stick tin). I pretty much had destroy one to get it out. Any tips?

  23. Rose says:

    I made these yesterday and they are delicious! I used the Enjoy Life chocolate chips since I was out of dark chocolate. My husband has some in his lunch today 🙂

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  25. Elena Vo says:

    I am definitely pinning this one!

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  28. Diane says:

    I used cocoa instead of the cooking bar and added 3 strawberries to the filling ….YUMMY … thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Elissa says:

      Hi Diane,

      May I ask how you used the cocoa? I’ve been wondering how I might replace the chocolate chips/bar part with cocoa somehow. I have some cacao butter, and thought maybe I could make my own chocolate somehow that would remain hard enough at room temperature, but I’m not sure…

  29. Vanessa says:

    Hi, I just made these and they taste great but I they totally stuck to the muffin tin. I tried getting them out with a knife but half of the coconut sticks to the chocolate and the other half stays in the tin. Any idea what I’m doing wrong? Cheers!

  30. Donna says:

    I’ve made these a couple of times, and I use the cupcake papers so they come out of the tin easily and then there’s something to hold so you don’t get chocolate all over your hands. Making them again tonight with carob chips. 🙂

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  32. Alexandra says:

    These are AMAZING. I made them into bars as I do not have a cupcake pan, and they turned out great. they were gone in no time, and are my go to dessert to bring to a get together. I leave them in the freezer till the last possible moment, and they go so fast I usually don’t have to put them away in the fridge:)

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  34. shelley says:

    This is the best recipe thank you so much. I love it! The chocolate topping is even good chilled on its own with some roasted nuts! Yum. What an indulgent treat.

  35. Michele Perez says:

    I made these with honey because I didn’t have maple syrup on hand and everyone loves them…even my sugarholics. Nobody believes that I used honey and not sugar.

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