Chocolate peanut butter coconut bars

What’s your favorite combination of foods and/or flavors? The possibilities are endless: fruit and cheese, lemon and blueberry, sea salt and caramel, ketchup and anything…

One duo that gets me every time is chocolate peanut butter. Reese’s Cups, am I right? But that’s when I have a Treat Yo Self day (any Parks and Rec fans out there?).

Rather than having two cups of that Hershey’s chocolate delight more often than I’d like to admit, I decided to put together a less-processed treat. Say “hello” to my little friend:Treat yourself with these chocolate peanut butter coconut bars! @hellotofit | Hello to FitToday’s Foodie Friday theme is “Choctober”, I was inspired to create a “better” (not necessarily “healthier”, but I guess you could argue that) chocolate bar – one that had less added sugar than a regular, store-bought bar.

One of Ray’s and my post-dinner treats (besides this banana “ice cream”) is a piece – okay, two – of dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s. Why not step up the chocolate game and add in a couple other ingredients? Bonus: staying away from insane amounts of added sugar by using natural peanut butter and unsweetened shredded coconut.

Treat yourself with these chocolate peanut butter coconut bars! @hellotofit | Hello to Fit

Similar to last week’s recipe for slow cooker apple butter, this one is crazy-easy. With just three ingredients and a little time to chill, you’ve got yourself a portable treat that has less sugar than a regular candy bar.

My favorite part, besides the peanut butter? Toasted coconut: a nuttier, more fragrant addition. Stirred in a pan over heat, these unsweetened coconut pieces will bring your chocolate bar to life!

Treat yourself with these chocolate peanut butter coconut bars! @hellotofit | Hello to Fit

Treat yourself with these chocolate peanut butter coconut bars! @hellotofit | Hello to Fit

Chocolate peanut butter coconut bars

Serves 10     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1, 10-oz package semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter, or other nut butter

Instructions

  1. Toast shredded coconut in a small pan over medium heat. Stir constantly until coconut is toasted a slightly golden yellow color and smells fragrant. Don’t walk away – it will toast quickly once heated through!
  2. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a double boiler, melt semi-sweet chocolate chunks over low heat. Stir frequently with a spatula until smooth and no lumps remain.
  4. While chocolate is melting, heat peanut butter in microwave until slightly melted and smooth.
  5. In a square baking pan lined with parchment paper, pour melted chocolate and spread evenly with a knife. Carefully spoon a little bit of peanut butter at a time, swirling gently with knife.
  6. Sprinkle coconut generously over chocolate and peanut butter mixture.
  7. Place pan in refrigerator until hardened, or for at least 1-2 hours.
  8. Cut or break apart as desired. Bars can be stored in a container in the fridge.

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Jess is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and yoga teacher. She enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for health and fitness with friends, family, clients, and readers.

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34 comments

  • Becky @ Olives n Wine

    October 9, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Girl, these bars are after my heart… and my tastebuds 😉 I’m a chocolate-PB fanatic LOL! What size of pan did you use to make these? 8×8? These are happening in my life ASAP!
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Hehe if only I could send some your way!! YES. I used an 8×8 pan. Make them!!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    October 9, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Mmm so good! Toasted coconut is the best way to have it for optimal flavor! Perfect with some bitter chocolate and PB 😉
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      YES!! It added a nice lil texture, too 🙂

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe

    October 9, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I love chocolate bark/ bar things. OMG yum. DYING OVER HERE
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Haha I didn’t know whether to call them bark or bars. Whats the difference?!

  • Kimberly G

    October 9, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I am not a huge chocolate lover but I love that this recipe incorporates coconut 🙂
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Hey, Kimberly! Yes, it was nice to have a couple of other flavors to balance out the chocolate 🙂

  • Mike@TheIronYou

    October 9, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Goodness, those bars looks amazing. I must try it. I like the garnishment of shredded coconut: killer!
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks, Mike!!

  • Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner

    October 9, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Saw these on Instagram and knew I had to get the recipe! They look so good.
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Hope you get to try them out, Daisy! They were a hit.

  • Susan

    October 9, 2015 at 11:19 am

    All of that goodness with only 3 ingredients! Be still my heart. Love these!
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Hehe. They were the perfect balance between sweet, smooth, and crunchy.

  • Sarah

    October 9, 2015 at 11:19 am

    OMG you had me at chocolate peanut butter, and toasted coconut I can only imagine…. I can’t wait to try these!
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Chill them in the fridge and they’re delish, too!!

  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    October 9, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Seriously Jess, this is FAN-FREAKIN- TASTIC!! I bet these disappear quickly. I love how simple they are, but you can totally tell people “Yeah I made candy” and they will be super impressed. I know I would!! Thanks for sharing!
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Oh yes. And they were delish when chilled in the fridge, too! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    October 9, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Chocolate and pnb is the best combo for sure! I saw those on IG and thought they looked yummmy
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Oh yaaaaa

  • Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut

    October 9, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Yummmm. I want one right now!! Chocolate all day.
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      All day errday? 🙂

  • Lauren | Just a Pinch

    October 9, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    DROOOLING right now. And your photos are lovely! Great job using your new camera. Toasted coconut is my absolute favorite. I’m expecially fond of coconut bubble tea these days 🙂
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Hi!! Thanks! It’s fun so far – I want to learn more!! Mmm coconut bubble tea sounds so refreshing.

  • WorthyStyle

    October 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Jess these sound so yummy! Absolutely delish – cannot wait to try them myself.
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Whitney!! They’re sooo good 🙂

  • Farrah

    October 11, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I may or may not have been salivating when I saw this on instagram. It looks so good! <3!!!
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    1. Jess

      October 11, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      Bahahah sorry :P. It was delish!!

  • Annmarie

    October 12, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Stop it with your bad self. These look AMAZING!!!
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    1. Jess

      October 19, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Bahahah oh they’re to die for!

  • Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    October 12, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Yum, this looks awesome! I have to have my TJ’s dark chocolate daily as well 🙂
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    1. Jess

      October 19, 2015 at 8:28 am

      It’s so good, right?! Not a lot of sugar and it hits the spot for me.

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    October 12, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Choctober?! OMG yes please!!!! These look sooo so so so so so (a million more so’s) amazing!!! I love pb and chocolate. I also love chocolate and mint. But chocolate and raspberries are good too. Chocolate and burned marshmallow. Basically chocolate anything is my favorite combo 😉
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    1. Jess

      October 19, 2015 at 8:27 am

      mmm I love chocolate/mint. But yes, you are right – all of those combos are tasty!

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