It’s been a while since I shared a no-bake bar recipe so let’s bring ’em back with these chocolate coconut chia seed bars! These bars are super easy to make, you only need a few ingredients and there is no baking or blending required. Having a batch of these bars tucked away in the fridge or freezer will keep cravings at bay and provide a boost of all-natural energy and nutrition whenever you need it.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
- nutrient-dense, 1 oz of chia seeds contains: 11 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat as well as a good amount of calcium, manganese, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins and phosphorus
- high of amount of antioxidants
- very high in fiber
- great source of plant-based protein
- gram for gram, more omega-3’s than salmon
- good for bone health thanks to calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein
- have been shown to improve blood pressure in diabetics, and may also increase healthy cholesterol while lowering total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol
Basically, if there was an example of true superfood, chia seeds would be it and what better way to use them in these easy, no-bake bars!
COCOA POWDER OR RAW CACAO POWDER?
Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans whereas cocoa powder has been roasted at high-temperatures. Unfortunately, roasting cacao at high-temperatures greatly lowers the nutritional value so to reap the amazing health benefits of chocolate, it’s cacao powder that that you’re after. When you read about how good chocolate is for you, we’re talking raw cacao, not your average store-bought chocolate bar. The typical grocery store chocolate bar has been so heavily processed that by time it reaches the shelf, it no longer offers the nutritional benefits of cacao.
I use both cacao powder and cocoa powder in my kitchen buy I try to use cacao more often.
High in antioxidants, cacao has been shown to:
- lower insulin resistance
- protect your nervous system
- lower blood pressure
- reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
- fight free radicals
- support a sense of well-being
- provide important minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc
It’s the obvious choice but it is more expensive. Use it in place of cocoa powder when you can but no worries, raw cacao powder and cocoa powder can be used interchangeably in recipes.
Processed vs. Natural Peanut Butter
Make sure you’re using natural peanut butter in these bars and not processed peanut butter. Processed peanut butters have added hydrogenated oils (trans fats) and sugar and have a completely different consistency than natural peanut butter.
When you bring home natural peanut butter, the oil will have most likely separated and risen to the top of the jar. I recommend storing it upside down before opening to help mix the oil back in. I store my natural peanut butter in the fridge, upside down and once it’s been mixed, it stays mixed this way. When purchasing natural peanut butter, look for brands that contain either just peanuts or peanuts and salt.
In addition to chia seeds, these delicious bars also contain oats, coconut and peanut butter, all which contribute their share of carbs, protein and fat to fuel your busiest days and of course, they all taste great!
Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Bars
- no food processor or blender required
- prep in 5 minutes
- healthy, homemade snack
- taste amazing straight from the freezer
- made with simple, common ingredients
- packed with plant-based nutrition
- vegan and gluten-free
What’s not to love! In fact, I’m finding them a little addictive, so be careful, just sayin’.
If you want to try more delicious and healthy chia seed bars, you’ve got to try my No-Bake Chocolate Chia Seed Energy Bars and my Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Bars. Both recipes are no-bake, vegan and gluten-free and taste AMAZING. Check them out!Print
Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Bars
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 10 bars
- Category: Snack
- 1.5 cups (165 g) quick oats
- 1/4 cup (60 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup (25 g) cocoa powder or raw cacao
- 1/4 cup (50 g) chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp himalayan pink sea salt (optional but I love the hint of salt)
- 1/4 cup (75 g) natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup (50 g) melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup (80 g) pure maple syrup
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- Melt the peanut butter, coconut oil and maple syrup together in a small bowl in the microwave or on the stovetop in a small saucepan. Whisk so it’s well combined.
- Add the wet mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix to combine.
- Line a square baking pan with parchment paper then add the mixture.
- Press down firmly and thoroughly.
- Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to set.
- Lift and cut into 10 bars.
- Adapted from my Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Granola Bars
- These bars need to be kept in the freezer or fridge to hold together properly. FYI, they taste amazing pulled straight from the freezer!
- The salt is optional but recommend. I love the sweetness from the maple syrup combined with the sea salt. Tastes amazing!
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 246
- Sugar: 6 g
- Sodium: 23 mg
- Fat: 15 g
- Carbohydrates: 24 g
- Fiber: 5 g
- Protein: 5 g
Guys, I really love to hear from you so if you make this recipe, please come back and leave me a comment with your feedback! You can also connect on social media @runningonrealfood, it makes my day whenever every time someone tags me on Instagram with their version of one of my recipes. Thanks so much! Love, Deryn.