Sunday, March 3, 2013

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bites

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bites recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
No-bake cookies and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship. I love how easy they are to make; I hate how unattractive they tend to be. I love how rich the chocolate and peanut flavors can be; I hate the raw oatmeal that frequently overwhelms the cookies. When I ran across these no-bake bars on Amy's site, I couldn't believe I'd never thought to try making the cookies into bars. At least they would look better, right?

I'm going to be flat out honest here and tell you my thinking when I started making these. (My friend, Donna, can attest to it, because we were talking on the phone at the time.) I thought, "I'll make these, because the kids will love having a dessert over the weekend and I won't be tempted to eat more than one." That is seriously funny now. I almost licked the saucepan clean as I was waiting for the bars to harden in the refrigerator.

The additional coconut, honey and nuts in these bars take them far out of the league of traditional no-bake treats. That oatmeal that I dislike in other cookies? It is providing structure and just a bit of flavor, instead of being the dominant ingredient. There are plenty of options with these bars. If you prefer a completely unprocessed ingredient list, use a pure dark chocolate, natural peanut butter and unsweetened coconut. If you are like me and have yet to give up your refined sugars (and are too impatient to make a special trip to the store), use whatever is in the house.

I found that a 1" square piece satisfied my chocolate craving. {edited to add, one square at a time, that is. I can't even describe how much I enjoyed these treats! I liked them so much; they have already earned a spot in my Top 20 Dessert Recipes.} As I was enjoying one of these with my husband late last night, we both agreed that they put store bought candy bars to shame.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bites
recipe barely adapted from New Nostalgia via I Hear Exercise Will Kill You
Yield: 24 bars or 60+ bite size pieces
(printable recipe)

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil (unrefined is important here for the coconut flavor)
2 cups rolled oats (not instant oats)
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 1/4 cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: toasted coconut for topping

Melt the peanut butter, honey and coconut oil in a medium size saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir frequently as the mixture melts. When it has melted, remove from the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the ingredients are well combined.

Pour into an 8x8 pan (9x13 is fine well). Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, at least 3-4 hours. Slice into 1"-2" square pieces. Store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!


No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bites recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen



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81 comments:

  1. These are dangerous! I know just where you're coming from with that 'I'll make these 'cause the kids will love them and I won't be tempted' technique...it never works, does it ;)
    I think you could probably use the microwave for these? My daughter at college always needs new treats that she and her friends can make in the dorm.
    For me I like that you say one little square satisfies your chocolate craving. I seem to need that little bit of chocolate after dinner, and better one of these than a whole bag of chocolate chips!

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    1. You could definitely use a microwave. These would be perfect for college life. (They beat the heck out of a bag of chocolate chips!) I'm not a "one-bite" of chocolate kinda girl, but these definitely satisfy the sweet tooth.

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    2. Where do u get the coconut oil at?

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    3. You can buy coconut oil at most grocery stores. It should be with the baking goods and all the other oils.

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    4. For best deal on coconut oil..nutiva. com

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    5. I get my oil from Sam's club can't beat the price and lots of different uses for coconut oil as well.

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    6. Costco... Big 1.5 kg or 54 oz jar of organic oil Carrington Farms...cant beat the price at approx $16.00

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    7. Absolutely, Costco is the place to pick up CO. Health food stores carry Nativa (very good stuff) BUT extremely expensive.

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  2. This is a wonderful and simple recipe that I can make in no time. Thanks so much!

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  3. Well they look perfectly amazing and I have some coconut oil I need to use - guess I better make these soon! I love anything with peanut butter and chocolate - so perfect!

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  4. These have everything I love. I'm all over this!

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  5. I'm so with you on the ugly no-bake cookies. These look stunning!

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  6. I totally get what you mean about the love/hate thing with no-bake cookies, these look absolutely gorgeous though - so photogenic!

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  7. Yummy! I have everything but the coconut oil. Is it a must or can I do without?

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    1. You can sub butter for the coconut oil. Enjoy!

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  8. Can I substitute almond butter for the peanut butter?

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    1. It should work without any problems. Enjoy!

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  9. Hi

    What can I use instead of coconut oil?

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    1. Butter will work as well. Enjoy!

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    2. Would u say 100g of butter?

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    3. To substitute butter for the 1/2 cup of oil, you'll need 113 grams or 4 ounces of butter. (100g would probably work fine though.)

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  10. what about coconut flavoring ?

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    1. You could certainly add some coconut extract if you like, but I don't think it needs it. There is already a coconut flavor in this recipe. Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!

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  11. This sounds so yummy! A recipe for this weekend I think. You mention not liking the raw oat taste, have you ever considered toasting your rolled oats and coconut (and allowing them to cool) before you add them to your mix? Try it, I doubt that you will stop at one piece if you do though :)

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  12. Mmmm...these sound delicious! Can't wait to try them!
    Kelly

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  13. I always toast the oats before making the regular no-bake. I believe I will try this one and do the same. I really LOVE the taste of toasted oats over just plain ones. I may throw in some dried cherries, too!

    Oh you are so evil for making me do this! :-D

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    1. How do you toast the oats please?

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    2. Here's a link for toasting the oats, Brad. http://www.livestrong.com/article/475814-how-to-toast-oats/

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  14. can you use natural coconut oil?

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  15. Add a sprinkling of sea salt and these are to die for ~ seriously!

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  16. Would it be possible to get the calories, carbs, protien, fat, and fiber content. thanks

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    1. I don't track that information, however there are a number of websites that will calculate it for you. Here is a link to one of them: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator
      I hope that helps!

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  17. I used light butter and also put the oatmeal into a blender for just a few seconds and they turned out amazing!

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  18. These look awesome! I make a similar bar with PB included, but no coconut oil. I love your idea with coconut oil and your bars are calling my name! Beautiful! Pinned!

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  19. Yours look beautiful. Thank you for the shout out and link-back. Truly appreciated.--New Nostalgia

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  20. These look awesome.I always cut out recipies from the back of cake mix box's.I love to try new things.My grand-kids love my homemade peanut butter cups and other sweets I have made.My husband bought me a cake decorating kit,i have made a lot of new things.I make a xmas canister of different sweets for each family member every year.They all seem love and enjoy the things I make them.That is what it is all about making my family happy.I have even made icecream cakes and decorated with my kit my hubby bought me.Thank you so much ,I now have a new recipie for my book to try.From fan of yours in Newfoundland.

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  21. These look very tasty. I make something for a group function at least twice a month and the standard no bake cookies are cheaper to make. I have a recipe that dumps those into a 9/13 pan to harden which saves a lot of time and space. When I first made them I had wax paper all over my kitchen and some in the living room with bloops of chocolate hardening. It was a mess.

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  22. Do they freeze well?

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    1. I haven't frozen them, but I'm sure they will do fine. Wrap them tightly and they should keep that way for a while without any problem.

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  23. I'm from the uk and have no idea how much a cup of peanut butter would be in terms of quantity needed. Can anyone help with that? These look absolutely delish and want to try to make a batch as soon as i can. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. There are 8 ounces in a cup of peanut butter. Enjoy!

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    2. Brits don't know what ounces are either. One cup is about 236 ml.

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  24. Chunky or creamy PB?

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    1. Either one should work fine. I used creamy.

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  25. i have never bought coconut oil, i went to this store, was sold , coconut oil, in a pint jar, it says on label coconut oil, however, when i opened it, was no flavor, was like thick wax, did i buy the wrong thing

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    1. You did buy the right thing. Coconut Oil is thick and very wax like. It should liquefy around 80 degrees. However, if it does not smell strongly of coconut, you likely bought refined )vs unrefined) coconut oil. It will still work, but it won't have the additional coconut flavor. I use both oils in my cooking and baking..

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  26. These are in my fridge right now and i'm dying to try them! i'm already thinking about how i can eliminate the PB and make a minty chocolately bar. any suggestions on replacing the PB or can i just omit?

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    1. I love your idea for a minty chocolatey bar.

      I just made these and cant wait for them to cool!!

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  27. I just made these and they are AMAZING!!! I love your recipes, and each one I try is better than the next. Keep up the great work. And you're right they are better than store bought candy bars :)

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  28. These look absolutely incredible! I can't wait to try them....

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  29. Can I use 1/2 cup sugar instead of honey?

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  30. OMG!! Can not wait to try these. Sounds dangerous yet delicious.

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  31. I make these every year in cookie form. Never once did I think to do them as a bar. Thank you for a great time saving idea!

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  32. Okay I have a couple of questions. Hubby hates coconut so I was thinking of trying using the butter rather than the coconut oil but will it be okay to leave the 1 cup of coconut out do you think? Also it says 2 cups rolled oats not instant. Will quick oats work? (not instant-takes one minute to cook rather than 5 like the rolled oats) I have always used those in the regular no bake version with no problem.

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    1. I haven't tried this but you could maybe try subbing the coconut for crushed cornflakes and or wheatgerm? I guess you could use whatever flavoured cereal you enjoy. I may try goldensyrup instead of honey sometime too :-) I make another recipe that has golden syrup and cornflakes and coconut in....those flavours all go together to make yumminess! :-)

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    2. I haven't tried these, but I too don't like coconut, so for the regular no-bake cookies I substitute additional oats or chopped nuts for the coconut. I have assumed that the main thing is the ratio of dry to wet ingredients in the cookie.

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  33. Sorry for the sily question but why coconut oil? Why not melted butter like the original no bake cookies? Thanks

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    1. I tend to use coconut oil when melting chocolate most of the time, so it's just my go-to oil. They will work fine with butter as well.

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  34. Made these today and they are delicious ! SO much easier cutting them into bars too.

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  35. Is there something I could substitute for the pecans that isn't a tree nut? My daughter is allergic and these sound amazing!

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    1. Chopped roasted peanuts would work great in this. Enjoy!

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  36. Just wanted to say I made the no bake chocolate peanut butter bites and they were a huge hit in my house! I used butter in place of the coconut oil and oats in place of the coconut because no one in my house is really a big fan of coconut, but they were excellent! I look forward to trying many more of your recipes! Thank you for sharing all of them!

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  37. I have made these a few times, they are awesome, and I love the fact that they have minimal sugar and still taste great, Would love to see more of these!!!!

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  38. Can you use cocoa powder or do you need the melted chocolate chips to help this set up?

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    1. You do need the chocolate chips for this recipe. I don't think it will set up with just cocoa. Enjoy!

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    2. My mom made this for us growing up & I still make it & her recipe calls for cocoa(1/2 cup). (Her recipe also has milk, butter, sugar, vanilla, peanut butter & oats.) With her recipe you boil like someone mentioned a few replies down, & put in pie plate & chill or freeze til hardened. I also found by accident one time if you add 3 cups oatmeal it makes them a little more crumbly(which I like) or if you use 2 cups oatmeal they're a
      little more sticky. Hope this might help someone!

      I definitely want to try to this recipe too b/c I'm intrigued by the variation & sounds a bit "healthier" ;)

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  39. looks yummy something im goin 2 have 2 try...

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  40. These look and sound so yummy! Thankou for explaining the difference in refined and unrefined coconut oils. I hought some awhile back not knowing what I should have been looking for! I do now!

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  41. We don't get coconut oil in the UK - and even if we did it would be extremely expensive! What could I use instead of the coconut oil?

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  42. There is a recipe for the no bake drop cookies that uses cocoa, sugar and butter instead of chocolate chips and honey and cocoanut oil, the oats, peanut butter, cocoanut and nuts are the same. OH, it does have vanilla which this recipe oes not. It requires bringing the cocoa, sugar and butter to a full rolling boil and boiling for one minuet, then adding in the dry ingredients. I am not sure how it would work in bar form, but it should work OK as fudge will set up when boiled with these ingredients.

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  43. I have just made these and they are awesome, except that I do not like the honey taste in them.
    Can I omit the honey? Will they still come out right?

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    1. You can substitute corn syrup or brown rice flour for the honey. I hope that helps!

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  44. I've made this "personal" size (to make a tiny batch just for me!) by scaling it down from cups to tablespoons. (So, if it says 1 cup I use 1 tbsp, 1/2 cup I use a 1/2 tbsp, 2 cups is 2 tbsp, etc.) Deadly!!!

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  45. I love when people ask if they can substitute this for that and ... that for this ... and ... geez, just make the recipe, people and tell us what you think!

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    1. There is no need to be rude - you obviously haven't thought that they may not be able to get specific ingredients outside the US or they may have food allergies! A little bit of consideration please!

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  46. You are so right about these looking much better in bar form! Can't wait to try!

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  47. My family has made no-bake cookies since I was a child with a recipe similar to yours. I love the addition of coconut! I have been meaning to write to you and thank you for all the fantastic recipes you publish. Your site is my very favorite. Weekly I find a recipe I end up adding to my personal favorites...no small feat as I have been cooking for over 40 years. Thank you so much :-)

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