Looking for a quick dessert that is a crowd-pleaser? These Keto Coconut Bars are a game-changer and couldn’t be any easier. 5 minutes prep time and they are utterly delicious. This keto-friendly dessert only requires 4 ingredients and is also grain-free, gluten-free, and low carb.
Either you love coconut or your hate it and I happen to adore everything about coconut. Coconut is a great way to add flavor to your desserts and the texture is incredible! If you are a fan of Mounds or Bounty Bars you need to try this recipe.
When you bite into one of these chewy keto coconut bars, it’s pretty hard to resist going back for a second. They are rich, but not so rich they are overwhelming. Take them to potlucks, parties, picnics, or even throw one in your lunch box for an afternoon treat. Everyone says they are delicious! They are a simplified version of my popular keto macaroons.
What You’ll Need
I’m so excited to be sharing these low carb coconut bars with you! There are just a few things you will need. If you make a lot of keto recipes you probably have these ingredients on hand already.
- Egg Whites: I use egg whites and not the entire egg so the flavor doesn't overpower these coconut bars and make them taste eggy. You will need 1 cup of egg whites and I know that sounds like a lot, but since you are using the white instead of the entire egg it’s not too much. Save the egg yolk and add it to scrambled eggs or one of my ice cream recipes. You could also use carton egg whites if you prefer.
- Shredded Unsweetened Coconut: The biggest thing to consider when buying shredded coconut is using unsweetened. If you are eating a low carb diet, sweetened coconut is not a good idea.
- Sweetener: A little bit of my homemade sweetener will make these coconut bars incredible.
- Chocolate Chips: Just like the coconut, you should use sugar free chocolate chips instead of regular chips that are packed with sugar and carbs.
How To Make Keto Coconut Bars
You will be amazed by how simple these bars are to make. Seriously, five minutes until they are in the oven! What’s easier than that?
Stir the egg whites, coconut, sweetener, and chocolate chips together.
Then pour the mixture into an 8x8 pan that has been lined with parchment paper and greased with coconut oil or cooking spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until they are firm. Cool before cutting.
What Nutrients Can Be Found In Coconut?
Coconut doesn’t just taste good in these keto coconut bars, it’s also filled with lots of nutrients too. Let’s take a look at some of the vitamins and minerals you will get from including coconut into your diet. Plus, it’s a fantastic ingredient to add to savory dishes, like my Keto Coconut Shrimp or Coconut Chicken Tenders.
- Fiber - Helps keep you feeling full and satisfied. It's important to get fiber from alternative sources on a gluten free low carb keto diet.
- Phosphorus, Potassium, Manganese - Healthy minerals to include in your diet.
- Fat - Coconut is a great way to increase your good fat intake.
- Vitamin E - Great for giving you soft and silky hair and skin.
Can I Add Nuts?
Sure! Mixing in some almonds tastes amazing. Just like a gluten free keto Almond Joy. You could also mix in pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts too. I recommend around ¼ cup of your favorite nut right before baking. It’s a good idea to chop the nuts so they are easier to eat that way.
What Kind Of Chocolate Do I Need?
You can really use any chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar that you like as long as it’s sugar free. This is the most important part. Otherwise, anything will work. If you are feeling playful, you could even use sugar free white chocolate chips and/or sugar-free dried cranberries too. There are no wrong answers for these easy bars.
For some other mix-in ideas stir in a few tablespoons of peanut butter to the batter before baking or add a little low carb maple syrup for a breakfast flavor. Adding coconut milk will make these home made keto chocolate bars softer and less chewy.
How Do You Store Keto Coconut Bars?
Naturally, the coconut bars should be kept in an airtight container. I think they taste better cold, plus the chocolate is less likely to melt if you kept them in the fridge. They will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator, and you can just grab some out whenever you are in the mood for a bar.
Can I Freeze Coconut Bars?
Sure! They will freeze well and can be wrapped in individual pieces or keep them in one large container. I recommend wrapping them in plastic or aluminum foil first and then place them in a larger container. This gives them extra protection and will allow them to last up to 3 months in the freezer. You will need to thaw them before eating. You can place them on the counter or in the fridge before serving.
- 1 cup egg whites approx. 6 whites
- 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- ⅓ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- ½ cup sugar free chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
- Stir together all of the ingredients. Add to the pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until firm to the touch.
More Crave-Worthy Coconut Desserts
- Keto Coconut Cream Pie
- Sugar Free Marshmallows with Toasted Coconut
- Vanilla Donuts with Toasted Coconut Glaze
- Easy Keto Coconut Macaroons