Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

dark chocolate coconut bites

Updated post.

So whilst there is still natural sugar in these chocolate coconut bites with the Medjool dates and dark chocolate, they do make for a healthier, less sweet alternative to standard chocolate bars, and are no doubt, better for you than an actual Bounty bar! They should still be eaten as a treat (I say, having scoffed about 4 just today-whoops)! They are so easy to make and hit the spot when you have a sweet tooth as I do (but are trying not to indulge too much)!

dark chocolate bites

My kids love them too and my eldest had one in his lunchbox last week. The best thing, they are super quick and easy to create, taking literally minutes.

They also make a perfect DIY gift to give to others for birthdays, Valentine’s and Christmas. Heck. everyone loves chocolate and coconut (allergies aside, I can’t trust anyone who doesn’t to be fair ;)) so I’d be happy to receive these anytime, anywhere!

healthy coconut, date and coconut bites

Now go make those tasty bites!

oat bites covered in dark chocolate

Makes 12-15 depending on the size of bites you create

  • 2 cups large rolled, organic oats (gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • few drops of water
  • 2 cups unsweetened, desiccated coconut
  • a handful Medjool dates (depending on how sweet you like your treats)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 115 g vegan dark chocolate 70% cocoa or higher
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted


easy to make low carb, gluten-free oat and coconut chocolate bites


Set oven to 300°F. In a bowl, add the oats with olive oil and some drops of water. Mix with your hands.  Pour into a tray and shake flat. Toast for 15 minutes until golden then stir and keep in the oven for 5 minutes more.

Add the oats, coconut, dates, water and maple syrup into a blender, blending for 30 seconds. Pour into a large bowl and mix. In a bain marie or microwave, melt the chocolate and coconut oil. Create balls by squeezing not rolling the mixture (as it’s fairly dry). If it’s too dry to roll add a little more water and stir. Then using a folk, dip into the chocolate, letting the chocolate drip from the balls and refrigerate.

Perfect bites, ideal for after exercise or breakfast on the run or with a cup of rose black leaf tea.

I’m officially obsessed with these. I also made them without the oats for more of a truffle tasting bite (below) so give those a whirl too, simply blending coconut and dates and dipping into chocolate.

date and coconut bites dipped in dark chocolate

dark chocolate bites

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33 Responses

  1. SarahsLifestyleDiary

    To die for! If I don’t have dark chocolate i mix cacao powder with some milk and sweeten it and use that instead:) Its so good! I love coconuts. I did a recipe on bounty bars on my blog. Major cravings.

  2. New Mummy Blog

    They look absolutely delicious and if it weren’t after 11 I’d be off to Asda for coconut oil so I could make these now. I’m really craving chocolate this pregnancy!! #briliantblogposts

  3. five little doves

    Oh wow, dark chocolate and coconut is the best combination ever!! I am so going to make these, and then eat them all by myself, hah! #Brilliantblogposts

  4. Chloe

    Oh these look and sound very delicious, a nice dairy free treat. I shall be giving these a try and trying not to share them ?, Chloe #BrilliantBlogPosts

  5. MyCityMyLondon

    These are amazing right?

    I make using ground almond flour ( i know you cant use nuts) and use just maple syrup and no honey:) with only coconut oil or dairy-free butter.

    Love Love Love:) Have you seen my post on healthy version of bounty bars? oh my! divine

  6. Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb

    HOW did you limit yourself to just four, Vicki?!! 😉

    These look soooooo delicious, I’m pinning it right now, gonna try them as soon as the weekend rolls around… Thank you for the recipe, lovely lady!

    Catherine x

  7. Susanna

    These look lovely and quite timely for me as I’m trying to find a healthy snack I can make to take to the gym with me. These are perfect and I’m definitely going to try them. x


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