Cherry coconut bars

These cherry coconut bars are both no bake and vegan, free from refined sugar, gluten, dairy and most other allergens. They are chewy, coconut-y, only slightly sweet and so easy to make, using only 9 ingredients. 

The bounty bar was my favourite chocolate bar in the good ol’ days, and not much has changed except that now they’re homemade (and made from ingredients I actually want to eat). This is a slightly skewed version of the classic- no bake cherry coconut bars that combine not just the fantastic combination of coconut and chocolate but brings in the delightful flavour of cherry! Boom, what a combo.

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Ingredient notes

  • Shredded or flaked coconut. I have tried both, they both work BUT you must go off the weigh if you use flaked coconut and not the cup measurement. Not all coconut comes equally- I use this one, which is quite moist. Some other brands might be more dry.
  • Coconut butter or coconut manna. This is a paste made rom dried coconut (much like peanut butter, but made form coconut) and can be found is some independent supermarkets or health food shops. I make my own, so I will explain how below.
  • Cherries. Fresh or frozen, your pick. You can always sub for extra coconut cream if you cannot access coconut butter. 
  • Pure maple syrup or any sticky sweetener. I think honey and date syrup would be too overpowering for this recipe, but rice malt syrup, coconut nectar or agave would be a fine substitute. The sticky sweetener helps both to add sweetness but also to bind the bars.
  • Vanilla paste or extract. Vanilla add a subtle flavour to these bars that I personally love, but if you don’t have any on hand you could omit it.
  • Coconut cream form a can. Just use the thick creamy part for these vegan cherry coconut bars.

cherry coconut bars

cherry coconut bars

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no bake cherry coconut bounty

Cherry coconut bars

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  • Author: Jade Woodd
  • Prep Time: 20 mins plus setting time
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 12-15 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: No bake
  • Cuisine: Australian
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These healthy cherry coconut bars are a homemade version of the classic chocolate bar (but with wholesome ingredients that you actually want to eat!) using only 8 ingredients.


Ingredients

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  • 250g (2 cups) cherry’s, fresh (pitted and de-stemmed) or frozen and defrosted (*see notes)
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 4 Tbsp maple syrup, divided*
  • 240g (2 cups) shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 85g (1/3 cup) coconut butter, softened (*see notes)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut cream
  • 200g chocolate, I used this one. (*see notes)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil or peanut butter, optional

Instructions

  1. Cook your cherries until soft and starting to break down. Add halved, pitted cherries, 1 Tbsp of the maple syrup and a dash water to a saucepan on low heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently (uncovered). Once you have a thick jammy texture remove from the heat and set aside to cool. If you are using frozen cherries you will end up will a lot of excess moisture, so simply drain most of this off. If your cherries do not break down use a fork to mash them up.
  2. Next, make the coconut filling. Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until well combined and moist- at least 30 seconds to 1 minute. Slow speed food processors will need 1-2 minutes. I encourage you to taste the mixture here. The recipe has minimal maple syrup as sweetener, so if you like a more sweet cherry bounty bar you may want to add an extra 1-3 tsp maple syrup.
  3. Transfer to a bowl along with the cooled cherry mixture and partially combine the two- you are not looking to make the cherries uniform, lots of chunks are ideal.
  4. Using clean hands take around 2 Tbsp of the mix and roll into a log. Place on a lined tray. Repeat until all the mixture has been used up. Freeze for 2 hours.
  5. After 2 hours cut up the chocolate finely. Add to a heat-proof bowl with coconut oil. Heat 2cm water in a small saucepan and then sit the bowl on top of the rim- the bowl should not be touching the water. Reduce heat to a simmer, melting slowly.
  6. Turn off heat. Remove bars from the freezer and dip each one into the chocolate. It is important to work quickly or in batches- the more the chocolate cools, the thicker the coating and the more chocolate you will need to use. Dump a bar into the bowl then use 2 forks to quickly roll to coat, then immediately lift the bar out using the forks. Allow excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl before setting on the tray. Reheat the chocolate if it becomes too thick.

Store cherry coconut bars in an air tight container in the fridge (up to 5 days) or freezer (3 months).


Notes

  • If cherries are not in season use from cherries. Remove cherries rom the freezer, measure out and defrost before using then in step 1.
  • Coconut butter sets very hard at room temperature, unless it is a hot day. The best way to soften it is to 1/2 fill a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and add the jar of coconut butter with the lid on. Add a weight on top if the jar try to fall over. Stand for 5-10 mins until the coconut butter has become liquid again.
  • 200g of chocolate just covers these bounty bars perfectly, however you will need to work quickly when coating the bars. The slower you are, the thicker the coating and the more chocolate you will use. If you are not quick-handed, I would suggest adding an extra 50-100g of chocolate to compensate.
  • I love using a 70% dark chocolate. Sweet chocolate will make very sweet cherry coconut bars.

 

11 Comments
  1. I made these yesterday and they are super delicious and easy to make! Probably going to be my new favourite guilt-free sweet treat






  2. Absolutely loved making these little delights! Super simple. I used frozen cherries & werent sweet like in season cherries so I’d probably add a tad more maple next time to add more sweetness (personal preference). I added some extra coconut cream until the consistency was a bit more wet and easier to mould. Loved! Will definitely be making these again x

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful comment. The bars are definitely not very sweet, so it’s good to know for a sweet tooth that extra maple is needed! Enjoy xx

  3. Just made these for the first time – wow, so delicious. The chocolate outer layer is reminiscent of an ice cream bar, and the center is so juicy and coconutty, I just love them. These are going to be put on a regular rotation in my kitchen during cherry season 🙂 Thank you Jade!






    1. Hi Gail- no, it’s different. It’s more like a nut butter (but made from dried coconut). You can use coconut oil, the texture will be a bit more greasy/oily, but it’s an ok substitute.

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