Coconut Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain)

These gluten-free, vegan, 100% whole grain and dairy-free coconut peanut butter chocolate bars are so simple to put together and taste unbelievably good!

Gluten-Free Coconut Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars – you won't believe how easy and delicious these are! |

It’s another one of my healthier, no-bake, just-melt-a-bunch-of-stuff-together recipes. It worked out wonderfully! These are basically candy bars using healthier ingredients. They also happen to be gluten-free and 100% whole grain. If you omit the peanut butter chips, they’re also dairy-free and if you use brown rice syrup instead of honey – vegan!

Gluten-Free Coconut Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars - incredibly delicious and simple to put together! |

You can leave out the peanut butter chips if you like and use peanuts instead. The peanut butter chips make these more peanut butter-y and that’s a good thing. You can taste the peanut butter in the bars, but I’d say the dominant flavors are chocolate and coconut.

You can also use more or less oats or coconut depending on what you want. You could also add in other healthy stuff like nuts or dried berries but I really don’t like those kind of add-ins so I kept it at peanut butter chips. :)

Gluten-Free Coconut Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars (vegan, 100% whole grain, dairy-free)

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Coconut Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain)
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  • Yield: 24 bars


  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (234 grams) natural peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons (60 grams) honey or brown rice syrup for a vegan version
  • 1 cup (180 grams) dark chocolate chips (use Enjoy Life chocolate chips for dairy-free)
  • 1 cup (2.4dl) shredded coconut
  • 1 3/4 cups (164 grams) rolled oats (non-contaminated for gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup (1.2dl) peanut butter chips (or peanuts for dairy-free / vegan)
  • To sprinkle over the top:

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter chips (or peanuts for dairy-free / vegan)
  • 2+ tablespoons shredded coconut


  1. Melt the coconut oil in a medium pan or pot over medium-low heat. Add in the peanut butter and honey and when thoroughly combined, add in the chocolate chips.
  2. When melted, add in the coconut and oats. Let cool for 5 minutes and then stir in the peanut butter chips or peanuts.
  3. Line an 8" x 8" pan with a piece of parchment paper or wax paper. Press the candy into the pan and top with the extra peanut butter chips and coconut, if desired.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The bars will stay good for several weeks.

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  • Kelly Barcroft says
    January 13, 2015 @ 4:28 am

    I made these earlier last year and they were awesome. And then made them twice this past weekend….Big hit again as well. I love how good they are and how quick they are to put together and how everyone but one kid (allergic to nuts) in my household loved them. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Erin replies to Kelly Barcroft
      January 13, 2015 @ 5:09 pm

      And thank you for the feedback! I’m so happy you liked them. I’m a big fan, too. :)

  • Connie Mower
    November 24, 2014 @ 1:02 am

    I tried these and they are absolutely delicious. I am gluten free as well as low sugar so I only used 1/2 C. chocolate chips and eliminated the peanut butter chips and they were still plenty sweet. I also used unsweetened coconut to lower the sugar a little more. I did put some coconut and peanuts on top, but I don’t think you really need it. Yum!

    • Erin replies to Connie Mower
      November 25, 2014 @ 9:19 am

      I’m so happy that they came out well! Your healthier changes sound great, too. Thanks a bunch for your feedback. :)

  • sher taylor
    May 20, 2014 @ 5:52 am

    Just made these and ate way too many!!

    • Erin replies to sher taylor
      May 20, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

      Well I’m happy you liked them enough to eat too many! ;) Thanks so much for the feedback!

  • BrookeB
    October 17, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

    Erin, I came across your site because I was looking for gluten-free and dairy-free recipes while breast-feeding. My baby had a sensitive belly for the first 5 or 6 months. This recipe was great. I loved it, but it also has a few ingredients frequently used in lactation cookies; so, as a gift for a friend, I made some lactation “candy bars”–your recipe with a little brewers yeast, fenugreek, and cinnamon thrown in. I am not a fan of brewers yeast, but apparently, I’m in the minority. They were a big hit.

    • Erin replies to BrookeB
      October 21, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

      Hi Brooke! I am so sorry for my slow reply. I don’t know how I didn’t see your comment until now! I love how you turned these into lactation candy bars for your friend. So sweet of you! :) And you’ve inspired me to be better about adding the dairy-free tag to my posts. I’ve been doing this for the past few months, but I’m slow to update the older posts with the tag. I’ll get on that! Thanks a bunch for taking the time to leave some feedback and for leaving a rating. Sorry again for the slow reply!

  • Valley says
    September 22, 2013 @ 1:30 am

    These are a big hit! Love this recipe :)

    • Erin replies to Valley
      September 26, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

      Sorry for the slow reply! I’m so happy that you liked the bars. I wish I had one now instead of this bowl of spinach. ;) Thanks a bunch for the feedback!

  • L says
    July 10, 2013 @ 2:54 am

    Looks great! It reminds me of my Frankenstein mix I made, based off a Kraft Recipe of “Peanut Butter Granola Bars” mines pretty crazy though.. lol.. I basically substituted everything. Mine looks like this:

    (Kraft calls for 1 Cup PB) I use…
    1/2 Cup(8 TB) Skippy Peanut Butter
    1/2 Cup(8 2TB/PB2 Chocolate Peanut Butter, 12Gx8)
    (That way its half real PB, half powdered and less fat)
    1/8-1/4 Honey (instead of Krafts suggested 1/2 Cup)
    1/4 Cup of Apple Butter (instead of Krafts suggested Oil)
    2 Scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder
    (Kraft calls for oatmeal, I never have the GF version, thus the Protein powder, lol)
    and I mix in some Walnuts, and top them (after mixed and in pan) with:
    Shredded Coconut
    Mini Carob Chocolate Chips
    Walnuts Chopped(or Pecans, ..Peanuts..Cashews.. whatever I have) and drizzle a little honey ontop and bake 350 for 25 mins.

    I will have to try yours if I ever pick up GF Oatmeal

    • Erin replies to L
      July 11, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

      Apple butter and protein powder?! These sound interesting! And kind of crazy (and awesome!) like you said. ;) Thanks for sharing your version! You now have me thinking of a fall apple filled bar. With lots of spices!

  • Cassie
    May 12, 2013 @ 3:51 am

    This looks so so good! I just need a small piece of advice…I live in Australia and I’m gluten free….over here, we can’t buy non-contaminated oats…do you have any recommendations on what I could use to substitute?

    Cassie xx

    • Erin replies to Cassie
      May 12, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

      How about quinoa flakes? I hope you can find some! I did a quick search on GF oats in Australia and found this: Uncontaminated oats

      Are those an option?

      • Cassie replies to Erin
        May 13, 2013 @ 10:18 am

        Oooooo I didn’t think of Quinoa flakes….I can get them quite easily…I’ll try it out with them and let you know how I go!

        Cassie x

        • Danijela replies to Cassie
          May 27, 2013 @ 4:05 am

          AMAZING !!! I just made these and used a mini cup cake tin. Perfect little sweet snacks. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. These will be made over and over !

        • Erin replies to Danijela
          May 28, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

          I’m so happy to hear that you liked them! Thanks a bunch for the feedback. :) And I like the idea of a mini cupcake tin! So cute.

  • Suzie Boye - Quick says
    April 23, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    Lou Anns Coconut oil can be purchased fairly cheap at Wal-Mart… its usually around 6$.. but I find myself in a position where my cousin is allergic to coconut so is there substitutions to coconut in this recipe?

    • Erin replies to Suzie Boye – Quick
      April 23, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

      Thanks for the coconut oil info! I wish we had a Wal-Mart where I live. :)

      Butter would work just fine for these! At least I'm pretty sure it would. These bars should be refrigerated after all so I can't think of any issues that would come up. I hope you all enjoy them!

  • Carolyn says
    April 13, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    I tried to comment on these from my iPad and I couldn't so I am back now! These look awesome. Probably a good thing that the giveaway is over because I work with Kelapo coconut and shouldn't enter it! ;) I am pinning these.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Baking Disorder says
    April 10, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    Hey Erin,

    I love your blog, all of your recipes are so interesting and different!
    This one in particular looks super delicious, coconut and peanut butter sound like a match made in heaven.

    Thanks for sharing, love Leah x x

  • Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } says
    April 9, 2013 @ 4:37 am

    I adore coconut but have not gotten on the coconut oil bandwagon. I see it at Trader Joes and just need to pick up a jar. Your bar cookies look easy and tasty. Delish!!!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
    April 8, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

    I love coconut oil, but don't use it nearly enough! I have a jar of this that is almost gone :(

  • Lemons and Anchovies says
    April 7, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    These bars look sinful so I love all the more that they're healthier!

  • Patty Price says
    April 6, 2013 @ 1:23 am

    Oh I like the look of these bars and I'm excited to pin them on my new peanut butter board;-)

  • Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking says
    April 5, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    Coconut and chocolate is one of my favorite combo and these look amazing Erin. I love baking with coconut oil, great substitution to butter in most of the recipes.
    Now I have to try using coconut with peanut butter.

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says
    April 5, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    I'd never leave out a peanut butter, I like it too much. Your bars will be perfect as an addition to my morning coffee :)

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
    April 5, 2013 @ 6:20 am

    Dude, these bars look like they're too dangerous to have around the house!

  • Valerie says
    April 4, 2013 @ 11:39 pm

    It's time for me to finally get on the coconut oil bandwagon, these bars look ah-mazing!!

  • The Café Sucré Farine says
    April 4, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

    These bars look perfect for a picnic or hike, they sound not only delicious but so healthy too, YUM!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says
    April 4, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    Erin, these bars look amazing. I just discovered coconut oil, too. I love the stuff!

  • Eat Good 4 Life says
    April 4, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    I love these. They look like something I made not long ago minus the peanut butter. I bet you these are also super good. I love anything no bake :-)

  • says
    April 4, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    I love this bars, they just look like something I did not long ago minus the peanut butter. They were superb and I am sure these were too. I love anything no bake!!

  • KrazyGIRL13 says
    April 4, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    Thank u so much Erin for the giveaway,those coconut peanut Butter choco bars look so delish,and so ez to prep,my fam will loooove them! :D Wow,i can't wait to try this and all ur recipes,thank u for sharing!!! :) Blessings to u n urs :)

  • Anonymous says
    April 4, 2013 @ 5:16 am

    i haven't used coconut oil other than in granola but i want to experiment with it more.

    fruitcrmble AT comcast DOT net

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says
    April 3, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

    I've only ever bought coconut oil in Asia so its great to get to know a source in North America. And I absolutely love these bars, especially since they are no-bake and all ;)

  • says
    April 3, 2013 @ 5:18 am

    Yum these bars look really good, I love all the ingredients here. I think I could eat the whole pan.

  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen says
    April 3, 2013 @ 4:18 am

    These look great, Erin! Yummm :)

  • ashley - baker by nature says
    April 3, 2013 @ 3:42 am

    Coconut oil is pretty much my BFF. Love these bars, Erin!

  • Elena Vo says
    April 3, 2013 @ 2:53 am

    What a great recipe! Printing it and saving it for the weekend, when we'll have company over.

  • Elena Vo says
    April 3, 2013 @ 2:53 am

    The pictures got me dreaming of these delicious-looking bars and a cup of coffee!

  • Tracey Wilhelmsen says
    April 3, 2013 @ 2:34 am

    I just baked with coconut oil for the first time this past weekend, and I was so in love with the result! I can't wait to try other recipes :) These bars look absolutely amazing, love the combo of ingredients going on!

  • Carla Walker says
    April 2, 2013 @ 11:20 pm

    Those bars look seriously amazing! I have been wanting to try coconut oil for a while now! So awesome, and I will definitely be trying these bars. I love the peanut butter chips in there :)

  • Melissa@My Whole Food Life says
    April 2, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    These look amazing! You had me at no bake! I am a fan of all things no bake. I am going to try this soon. Thanks!

  • Becca says
    April 2, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

    Ohhh. These looks tasty :)

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says
    April 2, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

    These look amazing Erin!!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
    April 2, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    You had me at "healthier candy bars"! Love these, Erin!


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