Chocolate Coconut Crunch Bars — For Any Day, Not Just V-Day!

This is the first year I’ve been single on Valentine’s Day in 7 years! It doesn’t feel weird or anything–I’m not much of a V-Day person in general. But I am making dinner for my cousin, and my Go To dinner on V-Day is usually crab cakes…however, I think I’ll keep it a little simpler this year and go with chicken πŸ™‚

I’ve been trying to think of what to make for dessert because I know that whatever I make, she’ll have a few bites of and then I’ll be stuck eating the rest. Not that I wouldn’t enjoy it, but it’s just not the kind of obligation I want today/tomorrow for something like mini cakes that won’t last long in the fridge.

Then my friend just recommended I make Wine Gummies! I invented these a few weeks ago, and I think they’re perfect for V-Day dessert—not heavy, no crazy ingredients (and a few superfoods!).

wine gummies 1

Another recipe I thought about making was Dark Chocolate Coconut Crunch Cups… I made these when I had a little of the chocolate layer mixture of the PB Cups leftover one day when I was visiting my Mom. I just dumped in an equal amount of coconut (finely shredded), mixed and poured it into mini muffin wrappers. My Mom actually liked these better than the PB Cups!

I envision making these with almond butter (if I had any) instead of peanut butter (it’d be better for you that way too). Then it would kind of sort of be like an Almond Joy. Not that I’ve ever been into those, but I can appreciate the flavor combo.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Crunch Cups

2 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
4 Tbsp peanut butter (or almond butter)
1 Tbsp unprocessed cocoa powder (use cacao, or if you’re new to this use Hershey’s Special Dark)
maple syrup or stevia to taste (I use stevia mostly, but if it’s for someone who isn’t into that stuff I use a combo of the two)6 Tbsp finely shredded unprocessed coconut

Mix the first three ingredients until smooth (and taste it for sweetness!). Add coconut and mix well. Pour/spoon into mini muffin cups and put in the fridge until they harden. Store in the fridge!

I love the crunchiness of these! Bump them up a notch by trying Alison’s recipe that includes hemp and chia seeds too!


News/Notes: K and I might go to a movie tonight too–she’s into the Nicholas Sparks type movies (and I’m not really at all, but I can be a good sport). I’m planning to do all of my work, clean my apartment, and go for a walk before tonight. We’ll see… I always think I can get more done in a day than I can really do!

This is what it looks like at the end of my street around 4pm everyday… it’s a great time for me to go on a walk. I’ve gotten enough work done by then to take a break, and if I walk all the way to the Venice fishing pier and back I get 7 or 8 miles in and a lot of interesting people/things to look at along the way!

What’s your holiday food strategy? Splurge or go for healthier options? I think for me it depends on the holiday and my mood!

chocolate coconut crunch bars

Happy Heart Day — Drink (or eat!) some wine!

10 thoughts on “Chocolate Coconut Crunch Bars — For Any Day, Not Just V-Day!”

  1. I don’t really splurge because I always seem to find a delicious healthy alternative! Everything sounds perfect to me! I hope your having a great day!

  2. Valentine’s Day was just a normal Thursday for us… which pretty much assures that coconut oil cups were consumed!

    So first I must tell you that I’ve been making gummies and they’ve been coming out great! The kids love them, I do too – I especially like that I can control the juice quality and sugar content.

    Next I have to tell you that two days ago I bought a couple silicone molds – a dozen normal sized cupcake wrappers, but the best one is the full tray that makes 24 square “bites”, basically the size of a mini cup (probably 1 Tbsp?) and now making these is even easier! I mixed everything in my big measuring cup and then poured it from there straight into the tray. I’d been using a mixing bowl and then scooping with a measuring spoon or cup into the paper wrappers… usually dripping some along the way, cupcake wrappers moving around and/or tipping over – not a huge pain, but pouring straight into the silicone tray an made it surprisingly cleaner and faster. I bought a “peanut butter cup” candy mold too (that was much cheaper than the silicone mold) and that worked just as well, plus they were shaped like regular pb cups!

    I tried the molds out yesterday with the gummies – they popped right out of the silicone mold, it was harder to get them out of the candy mold but of course I did get them out! πŸ™‚

    Is your heart shaped mold a candy mold or silicone? Have you tried pouring pb cups into it yet? If you haven’t, you should!

  3. Seriously, wine gummies?! No way! I definitely want to try those. And the coconut crunch bars too. Nick would love those.
    I know what you mean when you say someone would take one bite and you’d be stuck eating the rest, I feel like that a lot. When we have certain people over for dinner I just skip making the dessert for that very reason!

  4. Hi Lisa, a long distance hi,

    I read your story, flicked around your site and wanted to just ask a question. It’s taken me 5 years to realise that I have candida. I am a 49 year old male who looks healthy so i understand where you are coming from regarding getting any good advice from doctors. It’s the same all over the world in the west it seems. So very briefly as I have just come out yet another flu that grounded me for a week….are all your ingredients and recipes what you consider an anti-candida diet. I get confused (and its not an age thing….yet), about the high sugar content of fruit. I mean, I am trying to juice and without any fruit I find it hard to want to carry on, you know…I can drink it and just suffer the taste but that doesn’t exactly make me want to jump up and make more ha ha….so what fruit if any can I use in smoothies, juices or just general eating. Lots of conflicting information out there. Excuse the long entry here and maybe I’ve asked the question in the wrong place. Thanks in advance.


  5. Excellent choice my friend, and of course now I’m totally wishing I was there to devour one of those bad boys. And so we could hang out for the weekend, drinking wine, working out and gabbing it up. Someday?? πŸ˜‰

  6. Oh, I have looked at the silicone molds! The kitchen store by me didn’t have the right size… and I was too impatient to order some (I mean, cuz you know it would have taken TWO days to get here!). So… I started out using the candy molds for the gummies. Honestly, when I make them for myself I just dump it into a pan and cut pieces out when I want to eat some… or I use mini cookie cutters (and eat the scraps as I go!).

    I have not tried the pb cups in molds…. and obviously you are a genius! I need more molds! I need to try it!
    On Fri 15/02/13 06:13 , “Disqus” sent:

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