Simple Chocolate-Coconut Squares

February 27, 2012 in Categories: , by

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These simple, slightly chewy squares are definitely for the coconut lovers out there.  I find the sweetness from the mini chocolate chips is sufficient to sweeten these squares. As an alternative, you could use chopped dates or chopped dried apricots.

Chocolate Coconut Squares


1.    Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan. 
2.    Whisk egg and vanilla together in a small mixing bowl.  Add coconut and chocolate chips and stir to combine.
3.    Pour out into prepared baking pan.  Flatten out and pat down with a spatula or back of a wooden spoon.
4.    Bake for 22 minutes, until starting to turn golden.  Let cool.
5.    Cut into squares and enjoy!

Do you need help finding any ingredients?  Check out  Important Pantry Items for the Paleo Baker.


Maybe try flax goop? 1 Tbsp flax meal and 3 Tbsp water for each egg. Mix together and let it sit for 2-3 minutes to goopify (yes, I know that goopify is not a real word). Apparently chia seed works similarly, but I’ve never tried it. Let me know how it works!

Oh, too bad! I was hoping to use the chia seeds. I’ve been fairly disappointed in almost everything I have had to substitute eggs in for the same reason Bron says above. There is definitely something missing.

Depends on how long it’s going to take you to eat them. If it’s 2-3 days, then room temperature should be fine. If it’s going to be longer, I’d go for the fridge (we took about 2 weeks to eat a batch so I kept them in the fridge and they were still good at the end).

I made these today. We’re really enjoying them. Very simple and easy. Perfect to satisfy the occasional sweet tooth.

I made this recipe today! Instead of using the square pan (mine is still on “permanent” loan to a friend- haha) I decided to try my airbake muffin pan. I spooned equal amounts of the mixture into each cup after first basting them with melted coconut oil. I then cut the baking time down to ten minutes. I loosened each with a butter knife and they popped right out. The best feedback came from one of my non-Paleo friends, who also happens to have a wicked sweet tooth. He said they were delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Sarah!

mine didn’t stay together very well.. but i’m sticking them in the fridge overnight hoping that’ll help. a nice dessert for those that dont love things really sweet and LOVE coconut. i added a bit of matcha to the mix, because i love matcha! 🙂

I made these and they came out quite dry. Melted a layer of chocolate on top to add something to them, am I missing something or do they tend tojust be dry? Adding the chocolate layer tasted great, but adds so much sugar/carbs to them

Just wanted to share that I made these today but modified them since I am on the 21 Day Sugar Detox right now. I didn’t use chocolate chips. Instead I mashed up one green-tipped banana and mixed it in with the coconut/egg/vanilla mixture. Then once the mixture was in the pan, I sprinkled 100 % Cacao on top of the squares. SO GOOD!

These are so delicious
I used a 1/2 cup of pecan and mini dark chocolate chips
So glad I doubled the recipe
Keep these great recipes coming!!!

I made these today with my 3 1/2 year old. The flavor was very good but they came out very dry and crumbly and didn’t stay together very well. Am I missing something? Can I add something to help them out? Coconut oil or coconut butter?

Coconut is much more absorbent than nuts, so switching them out for each other is very difficult. You’d need less nuts. For the best results, I recommend making the recipe as written. – Christina, Sarah’s assistant

I can’t wait to make these this weekend. I think I will try this with dates. Thank you so much for a simple, yummy recipe!

I added just a pinch of sea salt and this came out fantastic. I used a 6×6 inch square pan and they were perfect, chew, sweet, goodness. Reminds me a little of a Mounds bar.

What a simple, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that recipe!! My six-year-old was able to read it, get everything out, and whip it up- it’s now smelling delicious in the oven ^_^ Oh, and we used raisins instead of chocolate/ dates, as this makes the recipe low oxalate! Thank you!!!

Thank you for recipe. I and my husband really enjoyed these :). And they are so easy and cheap to make. Plus they are not too sweet which I really like, as I tend to eat more of really sweet stuff. But I will be adding honey if I make them for my brother (not paleo) :D.

What would a good egg substitute be for this recipe? I would like to make these with a client who is allergic.

Does anyone know if or have experience with not being able to tolerate coconut milk but being able to eat coconut flakes? I’m not sure if it is the sugar of the milk or the guar gum making me sick but I’m using the native forest brand and dont seem to be tolerating it and im hesitant to eat flakes now…

I had a problem with the Native Forest brand too! But I could still eat coconut flakes. At the time I thought my problem was with the gaur gum, so I tried to avoid foods with gaur gum for awhile. I’ve since been able to add some back in my diet and recently I used Native Forest coconut milk to make pumpkin pie and had no problem with it. I hope you didn’t have to give up coconut. Best of luck!

Thanks for the easy recipe! We have made it many times. We tried it with cinnamon and raisins and with freeze-dried strawberries, and that was also good.

For all of those who reckon it’s dry – I did the recipe exactly as instructed and didn’t get enough material to fill the pan. So I doubled the recipe and added a ripe banana. OMG it was amazing.

These bars are genius! Thank you so much for the recipe.

My tweaked version (on our third batch, here!) adds pecans, 1/8 tsp. salt, and maybe 3 Tbs. coconut oil, which makes them less “simple,” for sure, but less dry, too.

Made these today, a double batch with the addition of a tbsp of ghee. They came out great a bit too sweet (used semi sweet choc chips) for me but my non paleo boyfriend loves them!

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