These No-Bake Toasted Coconut Bars are paleo, vegan, gluten-free and beyond delicious.

I’m guest posting for Food52 today. They asked me if I’d be willing to prepare a homemade version of Larabars, something I’ve always wanted to try. While I often find the ingredient lists appealing, homemade snack bars are almost always too sweet for me. The beauty of making them at home? I control that sweetness.  

These No-Bake Toasted Coconut Bars are paleo, vegan, gluten-free and beyond delicious.

These No-Bake Toasted Coconut Bars are so simple to make at home and they take very little time. They’re vegan, gluten-free and paleo.

These No-Bake Toasted Coconut Bars are paleo, vegan, gluten-free and beyond delicious.

All you have to do is gather your ingredients, which will include cashews, unsweetened shredded coconut, medjool dates, coconut oil, coconut butter, cinnamon and salt.

These No-Bake Toasted Coconut Bars are paleo, vegan, gluten-free and beyond delicious.

Ok, I’m sort of lying. While the bars themselves are technically “no-bake” you will have to toast the nuts and coconut before combining the ingredients. It really brings out the flavors!

These No-Bake Toasted Coconut Bars are paleo, vegan, gluten-free and beyond delicious.

Once the cashews and coconut are toasted you add all of the dry ingredients to a food processor and pulse until you have crumbs.

These No-Bake Toasted Coconut Bars are paleo, vegan, gluten-free and beyond delicious.

Then you add coconut oil and coconut butter (which you can find at Whole Foods and health food stores). Continue pulsing until you have this:

These No-Bake Toasted Coconut Bars are paleo, vegan, gluten-free and beyond delicious.

You’ll press the mixture into a brownie pan lined with parchment and then freeze or refrigerate the mixture briefly. Then all that’s left to do is slice and serve.

These No-Bake Toasted Coconut Bars are paleo, vegan, gluten-free and beyond delicious.

You’ll never want store bought bars again. Enjoy these for breakfast, as a snack, or even as dessert! They’re so much better.

These No-Bake Toasted Coconut Bars are paleo, vegan, gluten-free and beyond delicious.

No-Bake Toasted Coconut Bars
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Serves: 8 bars
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the shredded coconut across a baking sheet and toast in the oven for approximately 3 minutes. Stir, and then cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant.
  2. Set the toasted coconut aside, and using the same baking sheet, toast the cashews for approximately 5 minutes, until fragrant.
  3. Place the coconut, cashews, dates, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are crumb-sized. Add the coconut butter and ½ tablespoon coconut oil. Continue pulsing until the mixture begins to clump. If it seems dry, add an additional ½ tablespoon of coconut oil.
  4. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper, allowing two sides to hang over the side of the pan. Dab a bit of coconut oil on the pan to help the parchment stick to the sides.
  5. Press the mixture firmly into the pan, using a piece of plastic wrap to help flatten top evenly. Freeze for 15 to 20 minutes, and then slice into 8 bars. Wrap the bars individually and store in the refrigerator or freezer.


  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Love these, especially with the toasted coconut and cashews!

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Me oh my these look delicious! And so healthy and NO BAKE? I think I <3 you

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    Mmmm love toasted coconut! These bars look so simple and delish!

  • Redawna

    Wow! These look like a must try. Can’t wait.

  • Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen

    I’m excited to try making my own Larabars… this recipe could really save some $$$. Love it!

  • Danguole

    Oh man. These look so fantastic I wouldn’t mind toasting some nuts here and there first.

  • Tieghan Gerard

    oh these looks good! I love coconut and am headed for the recipe now!

  • Janice (@KtchnHealsSoul)

    Wow! These sound really tasty. I adore coconut, and there’s not nearly enough of it in my life ;)
    P.S. It’s really nice to see you writing on Food52!

  • Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    I made something similar to this a few weeks ago, Jennifer, and was so impressed with the result! I’m definitely a convert! Love the combination of ingredients you used in your bars, especially the coconut and cashews. I’m planning to put raw cocoa, orange peel and tahini in my next ones!

  • Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)

    Originally I was thinking this would be perfect to make for my brother who’s visiting in a month, but now I’m pretty sure I can’t wait that long. They look fantastic, and the no-bake aspect is such a bonus!

  • Liz@Virtually Homemade

    Wow! Those look great and relatively easy ;)

  • Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    This is an EXCELLENT recipe, totally trying this!

  • kita

    Need these!

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    One week ago I made one and I loved them. I’ll make your version for sure. Such a nice idea for a second breakfast or a snack.

  • Jackie {The Beeroness}

    These look completely perfect for my upcoming West Coast road trip!

  • Mona kylady717

    Thanks for posting this recipe….they look delicious…..I have couple of questions tho….I have coconut oil, but no coconut butter…can I use regular butter, and I have a can of mixed nuts which include cashews can they
    be used also ?
    Will wait till I hear from you…..thanks

    • Jennifer Farley

      Hi Mona. If you click through to the recipe you’ll see an entire discussion about this in the comments. To summarize:

      -you can use any nuts
      -Butter is softer than coconut butter so the bars will not be as firm and might be slightly greasy to the touch at room temperature. If you experiment, I’d try reducing the butter. You could also try using a nut butter (same scenario with texture). If these are served chilled or frozen they should still be reasonably firm.

    • Korey

      I couldn’t find plain coconut butter myself in the stores, only almond coconut butter so I searched online and came across a recipe to make it yourself. All you do is put unsweetened coconut & a little melted coconut oil in the food processor & process it until it turns into a creamy texture, which takes a few minutes. The more coconut oil you add the creamier it is.

  • Mona kylady717

    Thanks Jennifer,
    Maybe I will wait until I get some coconut butter…..the nearest whole food store to me in over an hour away…
    But I definitely do want to try these…..I have tried a couple of other recipes and not really happy with them….
    they were too soft, but had a good taste…..I don’t want them rock hard, but hard enough to stay together
    so I could pack in a lunch or take on the road for a snack….

    • Jennifer Farley

      I try not to go overboard with specialty ingredients but I really do think coconut butter is worth it (even ordering it online). It’s SO healthy and really delicious. I eat it with a spoon! It will definitely bring a sturdiness to these bars.

    • Alyssa

      If you have a food processor (like in the picture) it’s super easy to make your own coconut butter. There are a million recipes online, but you basically just whirl dried coconut up until it turns into butter…kinda like peanut butter.

      • Mona kylady717

        Thanks Alyssa, I did not know that…..I do not have a food processor tho…..can it be done in a blender ? try it…..

        • Alyssa

          I would definitely try it, with lots of scraping down the sides of the blender. I have tried using my vitamix to make nut butters and I have way better luck with a food processor. I would probably just be careful not to put too much coconut in at a time, and if its still too hard, maybe pouring in a little coconut oil (or other oil) to help it blend. Just be careful. It’s temping to put more oil in to make butters “butter” faster, but then you’re left with really soupy butters that will separate after a bit in the jar. I make sunbutter in my food processor and it can take 10 min. of blending. It goes from grainy, to lumpy like pie dough (it will stick together in a large lump), and after a long time at that stage, it will finally start to break up and get soupier and more like a butter.

  • dina

    these look like great healthy bars!

  • Shibi @ FlavzCorner

    They look simple and easy, so pinning it!!!

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    Love the toasted coconut and cashew combination! Perfect for a snack bar!

  • Joanne

    I do love larabars, but I’m much more excited that these are more nut-based! Off to check out the recipe!

  • Jessica @ Portuguese GIrl Cooks

    Wow! I love Larabars, but I definitely prefer homemade ones as I find they are too sweet! These look fabulous and I will have to get my hands on coconut butter!

  • Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    These 7 ingredient no bake bars sound incredible!

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I used to love Larabars but somehow got tired of them. I think I would like this homemade version better! I love anything with toasted coconut.

  • Cary

    Have done a nutrition profile on these by any chance (calories, fat,
    Protein)? They sound great. I currently buy nut balls from, which are awesome, but homemade would be a great cost saving. Thanks for all of your great recipes!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I don’t calculate nutritional info, sorry about that!

  • MaryB

    These sound delicious! I love this kind of thing mid morning and/or mid afternoon. Cashews and coconut? Count me in!

  • itzia

    these look yummy. i want to make these.

  • Rachel Cartucci

    I love coconut. This looks so good. Thanks…I’m gonna be thinking about making these while I sleep tonight. HA!

  • Betty Baez

    I’ve been on a coconut kick lately this is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!

  • Rose D.

    I told my sister about these, and she is making them this week!

  • Vanessa

    These look wonderful! I will definitely be making them. :)

  • April Crisafulli

    My daughter would like these after her track meets!

  • Louly (Kristine)

    Those look amazing. I don’t have many weaknesses, but one of them is DEFINITELY coconut! Thanks for sharing!

  • Nicole Untz

    These sound delish!! :D

  • Trish F

    I’ve never heard of Larabars but these look amazing and oh so healthy. I caught my husband the other day with a store bought granola bar and told him just because it says natural or healthy doesn’t mean it is and proceeded to tell him about the evil GMOs he didn’t know were in there. I then thought I should make him some organic snack bars. I think I’ll start with these. Thanks for sharing.

  • Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa

    Oh my yum! I adore Larabars but I’m not so crazy about their price tag hahaha, definitely giving this version a try :)

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil)

    YUM!! I feel like an outcast when I say I’ve never figure out what the fuss is over LARA bars. But I sure would make these :)

  • Sarah C

    I have never used dates before – how do you measure “1 cup” of dates? Is it like 4, or 9 dates? Do you smoosh them into your cup measure or just plop a few in till the cup is full? Or better yet- do you have a gram weight I could use (so much more accurate IMO but I understand if you don’t)?

  • xani

    Holy moly, these are so delicious! After I saw the recipe I needed to make them immediately. Coconut butter(which I got via Amazon): OMG. Life changing ;) the bars are so tasty, just sweet enough with lots of toasty flavor. YUM.

    • Savory Simple

      Isn’t coconut butter the best? I try not to eat it with a spoon. I’m not sure about the Harbor East or Columbia Whole Foods but several of the locations near me sell it. They keep me stocked up! I ordered it from Amazon a few times without realizing.

  • Scott Marcus

    I calculated the nutritional information based on the ingredients. Per bar:
    450 calories
    7.5 g fiber
    8 g protein

    That’s a bit high for a snack, IMHO.

    • Savory Simple

      Not if you exercise regularly ;)