These no-bake pineapple coconut bars are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and paleo!

I’ve only recently become smitten with the combination of pineapple and coconut. Previously, I only associated it with piña coladas, a drink that has never done anything for me. But then a few months ago I dined at a DC restaurant and was intrigued by a dessert on the menu- a coconut pineapple panna cotta with rum gel and espuma colada (a piña colada foam). Some trendy ingredients, but I didn’t care. It was heaven on a plate.

These no-bake pineapple coconut bars are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and paleo!

Now I want to use the combination in everything- smoothies, desserts, breakfasts, etc. I used the combo to adapt my No Bake Toasted Coconut Bars recipe (there are step-by-step photos at the link). Not to toot my own horn but these are really delicious (and healthy).

The recipe uses a specialty ingredient which you can recreate at home if you’re unable to locate it; freeze-dried pineapple. I found it at Whole Foods. You might be able to use regular store-bought dried pineapple but I like this stuff because it’s crunchy and it blends well into the bars. Regular dried fruit is typically chewy. I have not tested this recipe with dried pineapple so I cannot guarantee success.

While these bars are healthy, they’re also very calorie dense between the nuts and coconut oil. I wouldn’t recommend more than one a day. But trust me, you’ll be tempted.

No-Bake Pineapple Coconut Bars (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan)
 
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Serves: 8 bars
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup freeze-dried pineapple
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Spread the coconut evenly across a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 3 minutes. Stir well and then cook for another 2 minutes, or until golden and fragrant.
  3. Set the toasted coconut aside and use the same baking sheet to toast the cashews for an additional 5 minutes, or until fragrant.
  4. Add the coconut, cashews, dried pineapple, dates, and salt into a food processor.
  5. Pulse the ingredients until they’re crumb-sized (a few larger pieces are fine).
  6. Add the coconut butter and ½ tablespoon coconut oil to the food processor and continue pulsing until the mixture begins to clump. If it seems dry, add another ½ tablespoon of coconut oil.
  7. Line an 8 x 8-inch brownie pan with parchment paper, allowing two sides to hang over the side of the pan. Dab a bit of coconut oil on the brownie pan to help the parchment stick to the two longer sides. Press the mixture into the pan, using a piece of plastic wrap to help flatten the mixture evenly. Freeze the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes and then slice the bars into 8 pieces.
  8. Wrap the bars individually and store in the refrigerator or freezer. (I like them frozen!)

 

  • http://bluejellybeans.wordpress.com Giovanna

    What a wonderful recipe Jennifer! Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.thehousewifeintrainingfiles.com Meg @ The Housewife in Training FIles

    I am glad Shanna got you hooked on this flavor combo because its one of my fav’s and I can’t wait ti make these! Delish!

  • http://www.kitchenbelleicious.com Kitchen Belleicious

    these are so different than what I was expecting and yet I love how they are simple and the flavor combo sounds delicious. sweet and nutty!

    • Jennifer Farley

      well now I’m wondering what you were expecting!

  • http://www.stephsbitebybite.com steph@stephsbitebybite

    I think that I could live off of these

  • http://www.southernsouffle.com Erika

    Love this! Pineapple Coconut anything and I’m sold.

  • http://ny-foodgasm.blogspot.com Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    I love this new take on your original bar- I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  • http://www.homecookingadventure.com Ella-HomeCookingAdventure

    Sounds good. I love healthy bars, will probably try it soon for my daughters.

  • http://lilacsandlinens.blogspot.com Kristin

    Thank you, I was looking for something like this to ditch the granola bars. This will be perfect!

  • Heather

    So I haven’t actually got a food processor, and have just trashed my kitchen doing this in a blender instead. Totally worth it! Delicious! Will have to go to Argos and get a processor tomorrow because I *will* be making these for work from now on.