The Colossal Healthy Chocolate Bar

Colossal Healthy Chocolate Bars

Being a recipe developer means grocery shopping almost every day. On my way out the door I always ask my husband if he would like anything from the store, and more often than not he says: “a treat, please”. Now, he doesn’t mean a lovely bag of blood oranges or a pint of juicy strawberries – he means a chocolate bar. Not a healthy chocolate bar. A low-vibe, sugar-laden, not-real-food chocolate bar. But I do not judge him. I just buy the thing and pick my battles (toilet cleaning and garbage disposal rank higher on my list).

Recently, standing near the cash register and cruising the candy bars like a very reluctant weirdo, I actually experienced a pang for one myself. That rich and total over-the-top decadence is not something I am often drawn to, but for whatever reason the Snickers and the Twix bar spoke to me like long lost friends. And that was the exact moment I decided that I was going to makeover my two favourites with the best whole food ingredients I could find, that would deliver both total satisfaction and nutrients. A healthy chocolate bar to end all healthy chocolate bars. Could such a dream be realized? Oh yes, the universe loves us and wants us to be happy.

Colossal Healthy Chocolate Bars

The Colossal Healthy Candy Bar is three tasty parts. First, the bottom biscuit layer inspired by Twix, is a mildly sweet, vegan and grain-free cookie made with coconut flour. It is crisp when it comes out of the oven, but goes pretty cake-y once it is combined with the other ingredients. Delicious nonetheless, and a pretty important counter-point to all the richness of the other layers.

Second, the caramel-and-nut layer inspired by Snickers, but with a twist: instead of just using dates in the caramel, I balanced out the sweetness by adding a healthy dose of hazelnut butter. Wowzers. This was a very delicious decision. The caramel became far more complex, rich-tasting, and it is essential to note that this would make a fantastic spread or topping all on its own. If you do not have hazelnut butter, I recommend almond or cashew in its place (click here for instructions on how to make your own nut butter). Instead of using peanuts, I used roasted hazelnuts to sink into the top of the caramel for awesome texture and crunch – almonds could also be used here.

Lastly, each bar is enrobed in luscious, raw, dark chocolate. I usually use coconut oil in my raw chocolate recipes, but after reading the (incredible!) new cookbook Clean Cakes by Henrietta Inman I was convinced that using solely raw cacao butter was the way to go. It delivers a crisper finish and creamier texture. If you want to make things simpler and faster, feel free to use a ready-made bar of chocolate in this recipe instead of making your own. Raw chocolate is of course the healthier choice, but if you’re pressed for time or ingredients, this is a good shortcut to take.

Colossal Healthy Chocolate Bars

Coconut Flour Power!
With so many diets and lifestyles focusing on gluten-free and grain-free eating, coconut flour is wonderful option for many people. Made entirely from dried coconut flesh that is pulverized into a soft, fine powder, coconut flour is a nutrient-dense alternative that is increasingly available at health food stores and even supermarkets. Score!

There are several benefits of coconut flour, my favourite being that it is remarkably high in protein and fiber. Translation: super filling and satisfying! It is low in sugar and digestible carbohydrates, and scores low on the glycemic index, so it a perfect choice for paleo eaters and diabetics. It’s also nut-free and non-allergenic.

The flavour of coconut flour is slightly coconut-y, but not overwhelmingly so. I like it in things like these chocolate bars where there are many other strong tastes going on that overshadow the taste of the flour. If you want to compliment and enhance the flavour of the flour, use coconut milk as the liquid portion of a baked good. Seriously yummy.

What’s the catch I can hear you asking. Well, there are a few downsides to using coconut flour, mainly due to its density, dryness, and lack of elasticity. It’s certainly not a flour to experiment with if you’re looking to replace wheat flour for instance, as the two behave completely differently (that goes for using coconut flour in place of almost any other flour, whether grain, seed, or nut-based). Coconut flour is also crazy-absorbent and needs quite a large proportion of liquid to solid to avoid crumbly results (I’ve read the comments below and it seems like a lot of you are struggling with this factor!) Most recipes I’ve found online remedy this by using a lot of eggs, but I used applesauce and flax seeds instead with good results. Once you get the correct ratio down it’s pretty easy to work with, but I’ve learned the hard way that it’s best to use tried and true recipes with this finicky ingredient!

Colossal Healthy Chocolate Bars

Back to the candy bars. Which are insane. These truly colossal creations have everything you could ever want: tasty cookie, ooey gooey chewy caramel, crunchy roasted nuts, divinely rich chocolate, and tiny salt kisses. I am so darn proud of this recipe, and I can’t believe that such a decadent thing can exist without making me feel lousy after eating it. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that I feel colossally healthy after eating one. Or two. Stop looking at me like that.


Colossal Healthy Chocolate Bars

I hope you guys find as much satisfaction in this recipe as I have. It’s pretty rad to have a stockpile of candy bars in your freezer for when the urge strikes, and to keep you out of the chocolate aisle on your next trip to the store! For the record, if you see me there, I’m buying treats for my husband…since I’m really bad at sharing.

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176 comments

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  2. Fiona

    Finally made these today and they are AMAZING! I took inspiration from Mimi (in the comments) and replaced the apple sauce with eggs (2 large), reduced the coconut flour to 125g and the flax to 1Tbs (20mL) and used 2 Tbs (40mL) maple syrup. The biscuit turned out perfectly. Otherwise I followed the recipe to the letter and couldn’t believe how easy it was. The bars look just like your picture and they taste SO good! Thank you!

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  4. Betsy

    Threw the batch away — waste of time and awful. Complete waste of costly ingredients. The cookie crust tasted like sawdust. The caramel turned out OK, but the layer was much thinner on mine than in the pics. (I assumed “brownie pan” meant 8×8 square pan, perhaps not?) Will try a different cookie base (perhaps with eggs as one writer did or using the go to almond flour maple syrup pinch of salt basic cookie). Did salvage part of this by adding a bit more maple syrup to the left over chocolate, mixing in dried berries and nuts, very tasty chocolate bark.

  5. Zahava

    my choc came out very thick, not pourable. so I kept adding more maple syrup and more cocoa butter to try to get it runny. never did. also, my cookie part looked fairly intact when it came out of the freezer but crumbled when I tried to coat it with choc. I had to hand coat them like icing as it wasn’t liquid.

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  7. iman fatah

    Oh my … Looks utterly addictive ! I, myself, committed a healthy Twix bar a few weeks ago and it became the most required treat in our house. I will definitely give those a try !

    Thanks for sharing

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  9. Suherlin

    Looks fabulous, but do you have a nut and seed free version for those of us with nut and seed allergy?
    If not, do you think it would work, based on your experience, without that section (2) with the nuts and nut butter? Thank you.

  10. g

    I was so excited to make these but could not get my cookie base to stay together. When I went to cut the bars, the cookie base just crumbled into powder. And it definitely held together well before baking – I added the whole 3T of maple syrup. Where did I go wrong?? I have decided to just remove the date caramel & nut layer from the crumbly base and dip them in the chocolate as is. I always was more of a snickers fan than a twix fan anyway ? 😀

  11. Lauren

    Hi Sarah!

    In the process of making this recipe and can’t find cacao butter at any local stores. Do you know of any substitutes that could be used to make the chocolate? I really don’t want to use chocolate bars as I don’t eat any cane sugar.

    Thanks so much for the help!

  12. Carolina

    Hi, these bars look amazing!! Can I substitute apple sauce for anything else? Mashed banana? Thanks!!

  13. Rain

    Hi Sarah. I love this recipe, but mostly I love the way you share your excitement and pleasure in the creative process—that’s what I find most inspiring about your blog. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve used this recipe as a springboard to write about a trend in the wellness movement that has disturbed me. I want to be clear that I’m not arguing anything on your behalf, or expressing anything on your behalf, rather that I have noticed a broader hypocrisy in the movement as it becomes more and more commercial. https://darlingnowcom.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/did-deliciously-ella-borrow-a-recipe-from-my-new-roots/ Best wishes.

  14. Mimi

    Ok, I’m not vegan and would like to use eggs instead of the flax/applesauce.. Any estimates on how many to use approximately? ? Thank you!!

    • Mimi

      Ok I did it! Used 4 smallish eggs from our own free range happy chickens, and only 100 grams of coconut flour. The cookie part is wonderful!! Holds together beautiful and is almost like a real biscuit ?

  15. Jess

    I’m so bummed about how these turned out! I did see others had issues with the cookie base so I decided to weigh my ingredients to see if that helped. It did not! The coconut flour mix pressed down well but it just didn’t work out. Oh well!

    • Crystal

      Agree…I threw out the entire batch. Complete waste of great ingredients. Did not hold together AT ALL. Just terrible.

  16. Ola

    Hi Sarah!

    They are amazing!!!!
    Um actually, I was extremely insipired by your bars, but I made them differently 😉 For the base I made a regular Scottish shortbread, then blended dried figs instead of dates with penut butter, then pressed in toasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, pekans and cashews) and finally dipped half way in 85% dark chocolate. DIVINE! Here they are: http://oi65.tinypic.com/j9svgx.jpg
    My office and friends were begging me to make another batch 🙂
    ——
    This is my first comment on your blog, but I am very inspired by some of your recipes (especially by abundance bowls that became a thing in my house, by raw slaws and fennelmin tomatoe sauce – my personal favourite).
    Oh and I always wanted to say that everytime you say can’t find something in Copenhagen (like fresh curry leaves) I appreciate how lucky I am to be able to get everything here in London.

    • Sarah Britton

      Hi Ola,

      Thank you so much for commenting! I am thrilled to hear you find inspiration here 🙂
      Your version of the bars sounds divine and they look great!

      All my best,
      Sarah B

  17. Todd Kelly

    I don’t know if I understand the instructions for the chocolate coating. Can you just substitute a dark chocolate bar in place of all the ingredients under chocolate coating?

  18. Jennifer Elmore

    Always I love to eat healthy chocolate and your given tips really great for me. I just read few post on this blog and they are awesome. Thanks for the lovely tips.

  19. Macapat

    I find there are a lot of blogs/websites these days that have recipes for healthy versions of naughty treats. Most of them claim to be amazing and just like the real thing but they are rarely are when you actually make them. These however are genuinely delicious and worth every second of the effort in making them. Thank you Sarah! Another fantastic recipe!

  20. AGenset ind

    I made these today and they were amazing! I just couldn’t believe i made them myself (and ate them all for myself…). Thank you so much for your créations!

  21. Benjamin Weingarten

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  22. Lara

    Hi Sarah,
    thanks for coming up with such a great idea. I’m currently reducing the amount of artificial sugars more and more and this seems to be the perfect thing to soothe a craving… I’ve got one question though: brownie pans are still a bit exotic in German kitchens so could you maybe tell me the apoximate size of the one you were using here? So when I order one it is not too small or too big…would really appreciate it! Thank you so much!

  23. Inna

    I made these with almonds and sunflower butter in the caramel layer, everything else unchanged – delicious! Thank you!

  24. Victoria

    I just had a taste! I’ve been dying to make these and am very pleased with the results. Delicious and rich! Thanks for this recipe! I’m a type 1 diabetic and feel totally comfortable with this ingredient list! I think I should have weighed the dates however. I used a measuring cup and suspect that I ended up with a thicker and smaller batch of date caramel than I should have.

    Also, I used some dark chocolate bars (70%) instead of raw chocolate and found it covered very thick. The bars also stuck to the wire rack pretty bad. Any tips for these trouble spots? Would adding coconut oil to the chocolate help?

  25. Lea aka QuiteChefy

    A way that makes chocolate slightly healthier so I can eat more of it can only be an amazing thing. These bars look delicious and totally mouthwatering. Beautiful photography, too! Keep up the great work!

  26. Shelly

    These look so yummy!!! I will definitely have to make these soon! This would be an amazing addition to my dessert list! Thank you for putting in the time and effort to make something unique for us gluten free, paleo peeps!

  27. LAURY

    This looks amazing! I am trying these today! All your recipes look so beautiful and inspiring…thanks for them all. I love your recipes and your blog. Thanks so much!

  28. Jessica

    I find there are a lot of blogs/websites these days that have recipes for healthy versions of naughty treats. Most of them claim to be amazing and just like the real thing but they are rarely are when you actually make them. These however are genuinely delicious and worth every second of the effort in making them. Thank you Sarah! Another fantastic recipe!

  29. Jimena Lerma

    Wow! Sounds like a huge undertaking! I admire you for your dedication. I don’t have much time for baking. I wish I could order some from someone who makes them. 😉

  30. Samantha

    OH MY GOODNESS I CAN”T BELIEVE YOU DID THIS THANK YOU. I have a problem with twix bars. I sometimes eat them when I feel upset… going to try making this instead. So excited!

  31. Shari

    Wow, these sound so good, I am definitely going to make them. Thanks for the recipe! I really, really appreciate all your hard work in making recipes that are healthy and good for our bodies.

  32. Jordan

    Well now I’ve GOT to try this! It looks way too delicious. What a great alternative to usual chocolatey candy bars. Thanks for sharing this!

  33. Michelle

    We’ve been making something similar to this using almond flour but this sounds so much better! We’re going to have to make a batch and add this to our growing list of delicious recipes.

  34. Sara M

    Dear Sarah
    thank you for this great recipe! I made this last weekend and they turned out amazing. Now me, my boyfriend and friends are all addicted! I cut mine in bite-size pieces before chocolate coating though, which makes them even more indulging in my opinion 🙂

  35. Karen

    These look so divine 🙂 I want to try them but am allergic to flax seeds. Will it work to substitute chia seeds? (And does that work across the board with most of your recipes?) Thanks!

  36. Nancy

    My cookies crumbled too so I mushed it all up again and stirred some more melted coconut butter in and reshaped it onto some parchment paper on top of a chopping board. Then, when it was cool I had to slide it into the freezer from the board other wise I think it would have crumbled again but when it was frozen it stuck together really well and I’m pleased with the end result. Though it looks nowhere near as pretty as in the pictures. I just don’t have such a delicate hand I guess.

    • Melo

      No, these definitely did NOT NOT NOT stick together well, and in my opinion there was way too much coconut flour. They ended up tasting like cardboard. Threw out the enter lot, and felt it was a complete waste of money and time!!!! Seriously – how did anyone have success with this???

  37. Flore

    Sarah! Love this recipe and can’t wait to try it. Miss those bastards too. I also wanted to say there’s a typo. No worries, only a small one 😉 “does of hazelnut butter” in stead of “dose”.

  38. Martina

    Thank tou for the recipe, Sarah. I had to make some substitutions, but the recipe worked for me without any trouble. Since coconut flour abd coconut oil are rather expensive in mu country, I made the flour myself in a blender using dessicated grated coconut. I also used quality sunflower oil, grated the flax myself really coarsely, and swapped maple syrup for unpasteurised honey. The cookie crust held up extremely well! Due to food sensitivities of my boyfriend, I used raw tahini of unhulled sesamme, which is a delicious alternative. The caramel was pleasantly rich and the bars were addictive!

  39. Magda

    Hi Sarah,

    I will make your bars asap 🙂 but I don’t have applesauce. My question is if there is some ingredient I can replace, maybe more coconut oil?
    Greetings from Poland/ Cracow:)

  40. Anita Patel

    I’m going to get fat because of this.

    That’s usually what people say when you try and hand them a chocolate bar that they know they shouldn’t have. They usually take it anyways, because, you know, it’s chocolate.

    But only if they knew what real chocolate tasted like…only if they knew! I recently went to Guatemala and came across a chocolate museum that showed the steps of processing cocoa into chocolate, which is where I tried my first “real” chocolate bar.” I’m pretty sure I fell in love, no joke. They were $6 each but they were the best chocolate I had ever tasted!

    Knowing with prior experience what real chocolate tastes like, I’m so excited that you’ve created this recipe! Not only that, but it’s a remix of traditional, well-loved candy bars. I hope that if I ever make these, someone will take them from my hands, sigh, and say to me: “You’re going to make me healthy, aren’t you?” while happily munching on them!

    Much love!

    -Anita

  41. Jana du Plessis

    Oh wooow. I HAVE to try this!! I am always looking for wholesome, tasty (chocolate) treats and this recipe has hit the nail on the head.

  42. Vic

    “Oh yes, the universe loves us and wants us to be happy.” Ha Ha! I laughed out loud when I read that. You really are brilliant, Sarah. Found your life-changing bread last week and have been eating it ever since. We no longer need commercial bread thanks to you. Now this chocolate bar??? Just printed the recipe – just got to wave it in front of my better half. or I’ll have to make it myself. Actually I will make it myself and surprise her. Thanks again.

  43. Melo

    The picture looked so amazing that I raced home to make them. However … the crust was ridiculously crumbly, and was way too dry in my mouth. It wouldn’t hold together in any 1″ square, despite painting coconut oil over it when cooling. Perhaps the brand of coconut flour I used? I actually threw out half of it (the date caramel only covered half of it anyway) – what a waste of good ingredients! Don’t understand how others had success with this. But the whole concept is good.

    • Sarah Britton

      Hi Melo!

      Oh no – so sorry to hear this! 🙁 I wish I could come troubleshoot with you in your kitchen…it’s a possibility that the coconut flour was behaving differently. I’ve heard that some brands are better than others but I’ve only ever used the one I have from Urtekram. I hope you try again and it works out. Much love,

      Sarah B

      • Ines

        Hi Melo, i had the other problem: way too much crust. In the end it was a bit too thick and therefore dry! My caramel covered all off it, but it was still too much crust! They were delicious and I munched them anyway, but I also helped myself with some hazelnut butter 🙂 i’m using the “Dr goerg”-brand. Its popular in Austria! They also good amazing coconut oil! Next time I’m not going to use 170g coconut flower, but probably around 100-120g! Or I’m going to use a bigger brownie pan!

        I was making a different version of such a bar, but the hazelnuts make ALL THE DIFFERENCE! Could have gotten that idea myself, but thank you Sarah 😀 this combination of ingredients of your receipe is way better!

    • lili

      Well I like all the ingredients and sadly the batch I made did not come out well. 1. the bottom layer was very crumbly and fell apart. 2. date mixer very hard to get creamy (added a bit of water to smooth out). 3. Chocolate was a disaster due to not having cocoa powder or coca butter (substituted butter and unsweetened coco powder), very hard even when I tried to warm up. bummer as some really nice ingredients used.

      • lili

        oopps I also used peanut butter as i could not find any hazelnut butter… I did see the cocoa butter, but my goodness it was $34 dollars

  44. Jenny

    Hi
    Try to read your instructions again, I think you missed the step where to add flax and applesouce to the flour.

    • Sarah Britton

      Hi Jenny!

      It’s in Step 2: “In a large bowl sift together the coconut flour and sea salt. Stir in the melted coconut oil, two tablespoons of maple syrup, the applesauce-flax mixture and blend until the mixture holds together when pressed.” Hope you had luck with these!

      xo, Sarah B

  45. Leanna

    Long time fan, first time I’ve left a comment. Since the comments section was so very helpful to me for this recipe, I thought I’d also add a few thoughts.

    Thankfully, since a bunch of MNR recipes call for coconut flour, I was expecting the cookie to be a crumbly mess. Thanks to the commenters below, I was able to get the super helpful tip of brushing the cookie with melted coconut oil as it was cooling. Huge help.

    Next is the caramel. If I attempt this again (which I bet I will, so delish) I’ll double it. For two reasons. 1) I need it to cover the cookie, as a single batch just didn’t quite go the extra mile for me. 2) it was hard with so few ingredients to get my Vitamix to actually blend it.

    Finally, the coating was easy to do but the drip dry was a disaster. That cacao butter is like glue and it adhered to the cooling rack. When I went to lift them off and store in the freezer container, half the cookie was left stuck to the rack and every bar had a white bottom. Next time, I’ll place them on parchment and peel it off once solid. Oh and I had a tone of coating left. I may cut it in half or even more in the future.

    The taste? OMG!!! So much more than a Twix meets a Snickers. There’s definable KitKat and even Mars bar noted. And I swear some 3 Musketeers. Unreal. Seriously unreal.

    Oh I used almond butter and almonds because I had then on hand!

    • Sarah Britton

      Hi Leanna,

      Great to hear you’ve gotten help from the comments below.
      I’ll say that it’s pretty frustrating hearing that things don’t always work out in other people’s kitchens due to slightly different ingredients, bakeware, cooking equipment etc, but I am glad that the bars tasted as good as they did and it sounds like you’ll be making another batch with tweaks to make them work for you! Thanks for your feedback – it means a lot!

      xo, Sarah B

  46. Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow

    These are just SO GOOD I almost couldn’t read any more it was just painful. I WANT ONE (TEN) NOW!!! Coconut flour is wonderful stuff.And I’m the same with my husband, he eats junk food I would never, and that’s his choice xx

  47. Planete

    I made these today and they were amazing! I just couldn’t believe i made them myself (and ate them all for myself…). Thank you so much for your créations!

  48. Eliza

    Hello,

    I love your creativity, thank you for your continual inspiration.

    I just have a couple of comments – perhaps it would be helpful if you could put an estimate at the top of your recipies with regards to how long they might take to make.
    With this particular recipie, I had to use triple the chocolate to coat the bars? And double the apple sauce for the coconut flour mixture.
    Also after the bars had dried on the wire-wrack after dipping them in the chocolate, when I pulled them off the bottom chocolate layer came with them! Is there a trick to stop this from happening. As I had to recoat them in chocolate.
    I also found the coconut mixture quite cakey rather than crunchy. Was this the aim?

    Many thanks,
    Eliza

    • Leanna

      Eliza, mine stuck horribly too! Next time, I think I’m going to place them on parchment paper and peel it off once set.

      Unlike you, I had an abundance of chocolate coating. I was thinking of at least cutting it in half, maybe more!

    • Sarah Britton

      Hi Eliza and Leanna – so sorry your chocolate got stuck – parchment paper is a good idea and I’ll revise that in the recipe!
      And weird about the chocolate coating…I had the exact right amount for my bars, yet some people had too much or too little? Confusing to say the least!
      I hope you enjoyed the taste anyway, and I encourage you to try again with revisions that suit you both 🙂

      Much love,
      Sarah B

    • Sarah Britton

      Hi Brent,

      Raw cacao is typically the ground raw beans and raw chocolate tends to be already in “bar” format, but it depends where you’re shopping! When I saw raw cacao here, I am referring to the powder. Hope that helps 🙂

      xo, Sarah B

  49. elisabeth

    The coconut biscuit didn’t work at all for me – I made it twice thinking I did something wrong the first time, but it must have been the “Let’s Do Organic” brand coconut flour….it came out dry, crumbly and tasteless 🙁 So…if you’re going to make these don’t use that brand of flour!

    • Sarah Britton

      Hi Elisabeth!

      Such a bummer to hear this 🙁 Like I mentioned in the post and in the comments above, coconut flour can act differently between brands. I’ve only ever tried the one from Urtekram, and can’t speak to others. Hope you try the recipe again. Thanks for leaving your feedback here!

      xo, Sarah B

  50. ingrid wierenga

    Made these last night, and i could eat that whole batch of date caramel – SO good! and i didnt even use medjool dates, just the generic dried up ones. I just chopped them up, then warmed them up with 1/3c tahini (instead of nut butter which i didnt have because i just needed these made yesterday…) and blended in my magic bullet.
    One thing though – the base was too thick for my liking, but any thinner and it probably would fall apart. coconut flour is so dry!
    I was very lazy and instead of coating the whole thing with chocolate, i just whacked a batch of coconut-oil-cacao-powder-maple-syrup chocolate on top and refrigerated. SO GOOD!

  51. Ashley Madden

    Sarah, these are beautiful. I’m drooling. I can’t have coconut, so am going to try and experiment and make a copy coconut free version!
    P.S. I love everything you do. Just sayin’.
    xo

  52. Colleen

    I was so excited to make these but could not get my cookie base to stay together. When I went to cut the bars, the cookie base just crumbled into powder. And it definitely held together well before baking – I added the whole 3T of maple syrup. Where did I go wrong?? I have decided to just remove the date caramel & nut layer from the crumbly base and dip them in the chocolate as is. I always was more of a snickers fan than a twix fan anyway 🙂

    • Sarah Britton

      Hi Colleen,

      So sorry to hear that! Very frustrating! There have been some cookie fails here for sure as I read the comments – different coconut flour behaves in all kinds of ways I guess. I wish I could help everyone out, but it sounds like you found a tasty solution 🙂 Hope you’ll try again!

      xo, Sarah B

  53. marvelous.max

    Since I do love a crisp cookie base, here’s my tip. If you ‘paint’ the cookie base with a layer of hardening fats: runny coconut butter, cacao butter or coconut oil, it prevents moisture from softening it, keeping it crispy for much longer!

  54. Kim

    Just tried and ate these. They look exactly like yours and they taste like heaven! I think I will have them for breakfast 🙂

  55. Evajean

    Hi Sarah, just wanted to pop you a note to tell you I have been following your blog for a while now and trying out many of your recipes from here and in your cookbook as well. I think that the photographs in this post have been my absolute favorite. I loved the second photo, so simple but absolutely beautiful. Thanks for doing what you do. I’m excited to make these!

  56. Natalia

    We made them today, they looked too insane to let it for another day ;).
    I hope that you don’t mind that I changed a little bit the recipe (in place of hazenut butter I used sunflower+tahini). Thank you for the inspiration, Sarah, I liked the add of applesauce in the bottom layer.

    • Sarah Britton

      Hi Alison,

      I just buy an organic applesauce the health food store this time of year. The apples are no longer in season, so it’s my best option 🙂

      Hope you enjoy making them!
      Best, Sarah B

  57. ren

    Hi Sarah,
    Could I ask a quick question please?
    On direction #2, after the bottom mixture comes out from oven, does it go straight to freezer to cool until it’s time for caramel and toasted nuts?
    On last direction, after bars are dipped and rolled in melted cacao, do they go directly into airtight container and freeze? Or wait until melted cacao stops dripping a bit?
    Thank you thank you! xx

    • Sarah Britton

      Hi Ren,

      Thanks for your questions – I’ve updated the recipe to be more clear 🙂

      No need to cool the bottom layer in the freezer. It will be fine at room temp.
      And the bars will stop dripping quite quickly – just wait until the hazelnuts have set on top. Because the bars are frozen, the chocolate will harden pretty fast. That is why the freezer step is key! 🙂

      Enjoy!
      xo, Sarah B

  58. Amanda

    I try to avoid added oil when I can. I’m going to try making these with coconut butter instead of coconut oil. Fingers crossed they come out as well as the photos above!

  59. Catherine

    Genius! These look far too difficult and time consuming for me to make, but I would buy it! You should trademark the recipe and start a little factory making Sarsh B’s Collosal Healthy Chocolate Bars!

  60. Petra

    This looks so delicious.. yum. At first sight I would never guess this is actually something which doesn’t contain processed sugar. Definitely something worth making, thanks for the recipe.

  61. Bri | NGMW

    Sarah – these look fab! Can’t wait to give them a try. It’ll be happening soon, since I already happen to have all the ingredients. Thanks for sharing such a stunning and inspirational recipe, always.

  62. Marcela

    Sarah, how come you always come with such a delicious stuff:-)?!?
    This will be my weekend project!
    Greeting from Holland, Marcela.

  63. Cassie

    This looks better than ANY packaged candy bar out there. I mean, it combines all of the highlights of our favorite bars! I also get chocolate cravings SO often, so it’s ideal for me to have high quality dark chocolate when they hit!

  64. Lindsey

    Sarah these look amazing, I can’t wait to try them out! Two quick questions, can you make your own coconut flour by blitzing shredded coconut in a food processor? And two, what size pan would be best here? Thanks!

    • Heather

      Hey Lindsey! I’m pretty sure if you run dried coconut through a food processor for a few minutes it will turn into coconut butter, not flour.

      • Sarah Britton

        Hi Lindsey and Heather,

        Thanks for your comments.
        Lindsey, Heather is right…shredded coconut will turn into butter because of its high fat content. Coconut flour is very different and has much of the fat removed making coconut milk – it’s a by-product of this. SO…you need to get your hands on the real thing! If you can’t find it in stores, try online. Lots of options there!

        Good luck and have fun!
        Sarah B

  65. Allyson

    This looks like a brilliant update on the junky chocolate bars I gave up years ago. I absolutely love the idea of adding hazelnut butter to the caramel- yum.

  66. Libby

    Oh my good gracious!
    I’m so tempted by candy bars–these would be so much better to keep in my fridge than to be tempted by the ones at the checkout at the supermarket.

  67. Nicolette H

    Sarah B,

    Could these be, dare I say, life changing candy bars? I will be making these tonight!

    After finding out I have leaky gut and many food allergies that come along with it, my biggest challenge with diet change has been finding good recipes that satisfy my sweet tooth.

    The cool thing is, I can eat almost all of your recipes, and still feel great!

    You are a vision of health and an inspiration.

    Best,

    Nicolette

    • Sarah Britton

      Hi Nicolette!

      Wow, thank you so much for commenting. You made my day! It’s thrilling to hear form people with dietary challenges that can prevent them from enjoying the things they love, so it means a lot to know I’m creating things that work for YOU <3 Yay!
      Good luck with the bars and enjoy enjoy enjoy!

      Big love,
      Sarah B

  68. Pure Ella

    Wow! These look brilliant!!
    Reminds me of the days I would carry around a few Kit Kat bars in my purse! Now I wouldn’t touch them – but I would LOVE to indulge in these 🙂 Yum!!

    • Sarah Britton

      Hey Ella – dude, I was like that too. But it was with Twizzlers! They were like cigarettes to me 😉 OY. Those days are long gone, but it’s still fun to indulge. Hope you enjoy!

      xo, Sarah B

  69. Kim

    Dear Sarah,

    These look amazing. Can’t wait to try them! Your recipes are becoming more and more original and yummy. Hats off to you my lady 😉 Please keep doing what you do!

  70. Alfiya

    It looks heavenly divine!!! I am afraid though it’s a problem to find cocoa butter… Maybe online?
    Thank you Sarah for sharing the recipe! And I am with you about not sharing this with my hubby (giggle!).

  71. Julia

    Ohhhhhh momma these look GOOD! I can totally relate to needing a rich, decadent chocolate treat that you can sink your teeth into, and I love that these won’t send me into a diabetic coma. They look sooooo marvelous and I love that they’re full of nothing but healthful ingredients. I need these on the daily!

  72. Amy

    Hey Sarah,

    First off, these look divine. I’ve been wanting to make healthy candy bars for awhile and this is motivation to make the leap. A couple of questions though…

    I’m not supposed to have coconut flour (oil is ok). I have a stash of almond flour… Do you have any recommendations for making the switch in the cookie recipe? I haven’t done too muh experimenting with gf baking yet.

    My mom lives in the mountains and always has mini snickers with her when Nordic skiing or hiking. I’ve been wanting to make her a healthier (and let’s be honest, yummier) alternative. How do these hold up once out of the freezer for a bit?

    Thanks for all you do!!!! (I’m a massage therapist and I send coworkers and clients to your blog quite often)

    Love to you and yours,
    Amy

    • Sarah Britton

      Hi Amy!

      I haven’t tried these with almond flour, but it would be my first choice for a sub. I just can’t guarantee how it would turn out! : [ Can you let me know if you try? Thanks!

      These are okay out of the freezer, but if you’re using raw chocolate they will melt at a lower temp than “regular” chocolate – but I doubt that they would fall apart, just get squishy…yum! 😉

      Good luck and enjoy,
      Sarah B

  73. Celine

    Oh my … Looks utterly addictive ! I, myself, committed a healthy Twix bar a few weeks ago and it became the most required treat in our house. I will definitely give those a try !

  74. Ellyn

    Oh my…these look and sound amazing! I’ve never heard of cacao butter. Can you tell us more about it and where to buy it? Also, I’ve been using a stockpile of amazing raw cacao I bought in a farmers market in Nicaragua, but am sadly running low. I haven’t liked the raw cacao I’ve purchased in the past. What is your go to brand? Thanks so much for all your great ideas!

  75. Gannie

    Looks fabulous, but do you have a nut and seed free version for those of us with nut and seed allergy?
    If not, do you think it would work, based on your experience, without that section (2) with the nuts and nut butter? Thank you.

    • Ali F

      Not sure if coconut butter falls under your allergies, but that would probably substitute nicely. Also it sounds totally strange, but maybe something like cooked & pureed chickpeas/garbanzo beans or cannellini beans. It might give you a similar texture without an overpowering flavor.

    • Sarah Britton

      Hi Gannie,

      If you’re allergic to nuts, just leave them out and the nut butter as well! It will still be yummy 🙂 And thanks to Ali F for the suggestion, but I wouldn’t put beans in this. It’s a great idea, but I think the coconut butter would be best!

      Enjoy,
      Sarah B

  76. Starman

    OMG!
    That looks amazable, your hands can do magic, it sure looking insane incredible tasty.
    thanks for sharing

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