Chocolate + Coconut Energy Bars

homemade energy bar recipesEnergy bars are something I always have on hand.

Whether we’re backpacking and need trail fuel, craving mid-flight snack, or just fueling up before a run—you can bet we always have a good stock of bars in our kitchen.

date energy barsI’ve been moving away from buying pre-packaged bars at the store for 3 reasons:

  1. Those crinkly wrappers on conventional bars are so wasteful. I can’t image how much waste is created every day from our energy bar consumption.
  2. The ingredients in most bars is pretty cringe-worthy. I’d like to make sure I’m fueling my body with REAL FOOD—so making my own bars is the best way to control what goes in them.
  3. And lastly, the price. Assuming I am choosing a higher-quality bar, those babies add up! I’ve seen good energy bars cost up to $3.50. I’d rather make my own for a fraction of that price.

coconut energy barsSo… let me introduce you to these easy, homemade, chocolate + coconut energy bars—ready to fuel your every day.

A few things I love about this recipe:

  1. These bars are SO EASY to make—5 ingredients and 5 minutes. Say what?
  2. The balance of healthy carbs, fats, and protein is seriously perfect—from an every day treat to pure energy for your next workout.
  3. Coconut. Chocolate. Cashews—need I say more?

Prep these bars before a busy week, or your next weekend trip. I cant wait to hear how you incorporate this recipe into your life!

chocolate energy barsIf you love these easy energy bars, you might also love my banana + peanut butter bars, mountain granola bars, or my easy breakfast bars.

If you try this recipe, be sure to comment, leave a rating, and don’t forget to tag a photo #thelocalsprout on Instagram! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Chocolate and Coconut Energy Bars

Prep these chocolate + coconut energy bars before a busy week, or your next weekend trip. They are made with 5 ingredient and take only 5 minutes to make.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Oil Free, Vegan
Yield: 8 bars
Author: The Local Sprout


  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup medjool dates pitted and packed
  • 3 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • big pinch sea salt


  • In a food processor or blender, blend all ingredients along with 2 Tbsp. of cold water. Blend until mostly smooth, scraping sides as needed.
  • Transfer mixture to small pan lined with parchment paper. Flatten and smooth bars. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes or until firm. Slice into 8 bars and enjoy.
  • Leftovers will keep in airtight container for up to a week or refrigerated in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Nutrition information is a rough estimate of 1/8 of the entire recipe.


Serving: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Sugar: 15.1g | Fiber: 3.7g | Calories: 182kcal | Saturated Fat: 6.9g | Fat: 10.9g | Protein: 3.1g | Carbohydrates: 22.9g

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