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Low Sugar Chocolate Coconut Bars

Cocoa powder and lots of coconut make these low sugar chocolate coconut bars a delicious, chewy treat.

These are super quick to make, and delicious to have on hand when a chocolate craving hits. Cut these into squares, bars, triangles or any shape that you like.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 28 minutes
Yield: 24 small bars


Low Sugar Chocolate Coconut Bars 1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
1 egg
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper, allowing a 2-inch overhang on the sides. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, desiccated coconut and shredded coconut.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, applesauce, vanilla and melted butter. Stir in the flour mixture.

  4. Spread the mixture into the base of the prepared pan and bake for about 28 minutes, or until firm.

  5. Cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into squares or bars.

Low Sugar choocolate coconut bars nutrition

Sweeter Option

For a sweeter bar, replace the 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce in the Mildly Sweet recipe above with 1/4 cup sugar. Whisk the sugar in with the egg, vanilla and melted butter in step 3. Omit the unsweetened applesauce.

If you would like to experiment with other sweeteners, see About Sweeteners for more information and nutrition facts on honey, maple syrup, stevia and other sweeteners.

Low Sugar choocolate coconut bars nutrition

Most of the recipes on Sweet Smart are adapted from my favourite cookbooks and websites. The Sweeter Option usually calls for about 1/4 to 1/2 of the sugar used in the original recipe.

Adapted from: Chewy Chocolate Slice from Bake (Australian Womens Weekly).

Recipe Sweetness

Sweet Smart recipes offer 2 sweetness levels:

1. Mildly Sweet
For those looking to enjoy baked treats with low sugar content. Recipes are designed to:
  • Minimize potential blood sugar spikes
  • Reduce cravings for sweets

2. Sweeter Option
For those who want a bit more sweetness in their baked goods, but are still looking for a lower sugar option.

These recipes are not meant to replicate traditional recipes, they are meant to provide a less sweet alternative.

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