These little Crunchy Chocolate Coconut Bites are so versatile. Use them as an afternoon sweet treat pick me up, crumble them onto your ice cream for dessert, or your oats for breakfast, or pop them into the blender with some almond milk for a sweet drink. Only 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time are required and you will be in crunchy coconut heaven.
Crunchy Chocolate Coconut Bites
Crunchy Chocolate Coconut Bites are destined to become your new favorite sweet snack.
Super easy to make, with a minimal amount of ingredients, even the kids can help make them.
You are going to need:
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- unsweetened cocoa
- maple syrup
- coconut butter (for an easy homemade version go here: homemade coconut butter)
What's even better is that they only require 5 minutes of your time.
A Note On Ingredients
These are fairly simple ingredients, however, substitutions are easy if there is something you do not have on hand.
Unsweetened coconut flakes
I prefer an unsweetened version, as I like to add my own sweetener to recipes to have some control over ingredients.
However, it can sometimes be hard to find.
If this is the case, sub in sweetened coconut flakes.
Shredded coconut can be used as well if flakes aren't available. This will just mean the coconut bites are not as crunchy in texture.
I like to choose cocoa with the least amount of ingredients possible, especially when it comes to added sugars.
If you do not have that on hand, sweetened cocoa can easily be used.
You want pure maple syrup, not maple-flavored syrup as that is mostly sugar and corn syrup.
Coconut butter can be found in the same section as the nut butter in well-stocked supermarkets.
It can also easily be made using a blender: Homemade Coconut Butter.
If coconut butter cannot be found you cal always substitute it with nut butter of choice or even something more decadent like a Nutella or Nutella alternative (why not try making Healthy Homemade Nutella Spread).
Just please note that this will change the flavor of the coconut bites, and they will take on more of the flavor of the coconut butter alternative you use and be less coconutty.
Alternatively, you can leave the coconut butter out altogether, but you will have to process the ingredients for longer, and leave the coconut bites in the fridge for longer to ensure they are set.
How To Make Coconut Bites
These coconut and chocolate bites are super easy to make.
- Pop all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse for 1-2 minutes until the mixture is combined. You want to make sure the mixture is just combined and still has chunky bits, you do not want to end up with a paste.
- Once combined, use a heaped teaspoon to fill a mini muffin pan with the mixture. It will be crumbly, so press the mixture down with your fingers until it is compact and firm in the muffin tin.
- Pop the muffin tin into the fridge for a couple of hours to ensure they set completely. You know they are ready when you can remove them from the mold and they stay together without crumbling apart.
- Once they have set, pop them out of the mini muffin mold and enjoy
Keep the crunchy coconut bites stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.
You can also keep stored in the freezer for longer if you want to make a big batch.
Tips and Serving Suggestions
This little treat is so incredibly versatile!
For everyday use, I make a batch in mini-muffin molds and store them in the fridge and simply eat them as is when the urge hits.
As a treat, they are sweet enough to satisfy my afternoon sweets craving and crunchy enough to satisfy my evening crunchy craving (yes this is a thing).
You can also:
- crumble them up and pop them on top of some oats in the morning,
- chuck a couple into the blender with some almond milk for a sweet drink,
- crumble on top of some ice cream for a fun crunch
- drizzle chocolate on top for a crunchy coconut cookie experience
- use them as mini pie crusts or ice cream bowls (I would use a regular sized muffin tray for this option)
You are only limited by your imagination!
For Easter, I made some bird's nests using a regular-sized muffin tray and filled them with berries and a couple of chocolates for my toddler and her little friends.
Need Some More Coconutty Recipes?
After you indulge in these crunchy coconut bites you might want to try some of these other coconut-based treats:
- Strawberry Coconut Butter
- Coconut and Lemon Cheesecake Fat Bombs
- Goji Berry and Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
Let me know how you go! Be sure to like on Facebook if you try them out or add to Pinterest for later!
Chocolate Coconut Roughs
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon coconut butter
- Pop all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse for 1-2 minutes until mixture is combined (you want it to just be combined - not a paste)
- Using a heaped teaspoon, fill a mini muffin pan with the mixture. It will be crumbly, just press down with your fingers until compacted and firm and then pop in the fridge for a couple of hours
- Once they have set, pop them out of the mini muffin mould and enjoy
- Keep stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. You can also keep stored in the freezer for longer
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