coconut date bars, healthy, quick, delicious and a quick dessert idea!

Coconut Date Bars

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These Coconut Date Bars are the perfect on the go snack or a quick delicious breakfast. They are bound together by a thick homemade date paste, chopped pecans, and chunks of plain biscuits, topped with coconut flakes. Made with no refined sugar, these healthy no-bake bars are perfect for kids and adults!

coconut date bars, healthy, quick, delicious and a quick dessert idea!

I’ve always loved the combination of sweet dates and nuts together and in these no bake coconut date bars, the pecans and plain biscuits just add an extra crunchy texture to these delicious coconut date bars! SO GOOD! 

And if you’re feeling extra indulgent and want to try more recipes with dates, I suggest you check out these Almond Chocolate Covered Dates!

Ingredients you’ll Need to Make Coconut Date Bars

This is the best no bake date bars recipe you’ll find! Only 5 ingredients and 10 minutes to make!

Dates: If your dates are dry, you can soak them in warm water before blending them, to help soften them up.

Plain biscuits 

Butter or margarine 

Pecans or walnuts

Unsweetened shredded coconuts

healthy date bars

How to Make these Coconut Date Bars

(Here is a step by step with pictures, check card below for exact measurements.)

Making coconut date bars couldn’t be simpler. you’ll cook  the dates with little butter until soft, mix in pecans and biscuits, add them to a baking pan, sprinkle with coconuts and place in the fridge or freezer. That’s literally it – there’s no baking required either! You’ll only need 15 minutes of spare time to prep this recipe.

  • To begin making coconut date bars, start by lining a baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. I used an 9×9-inch dish.
  • crush your plain biscuits by hand into small pieces and set aside. 
  • Pit dates, place in a food processor and process until finely chopped. 
  • In a large skillet, melt butter and add dates. Cook for 5-7 minutes on medium heat or until soft mixing consistently. (The dates will still be coarse but much softer).
  • Remove from heat and add chopped pecans, mix well.
  • Add crushed biscuits and mix some more until all the ingredients are incorporated. Let the mixture cool enough to handle. Then mix further with hands (if needed).
  • Transfer mixture to the prepared paper-lined baking pan and pack down using the back of a measuring cup.
  • Sprinkle with shredded coconuts evenly on top and lightly press down. 
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before cutting or in the freezer for half an hour.
  • Remove the coconut date from the pan using the edges of the parchment paper.
  • Place it on a cutting board.
  • Cut into equal size bars with a sharp knife. Store these healthy bars in an airtight container. 
no bake coconut date bars recipe

Recipe FAQ

What Type of Dates to Use in No Bake Date Bars?

I always recommend using Medjool dates in energy balls. They have a rich, almost caramel-like taste with a soft, chewy texture. Other dates (commonly called Deglet Noor) are usually smaller with a firm flesh and a sweet, delicate flavor.

You’ll find Medjool dates in the produce section of the grocery store, usually near the bananas – not the baking aisle. Make sure you grab fresh dates and not packaged baking dates! The baking dates are usually coated in flour to prevent sticking and are not the consistency we need for date bars.

Another great alternative would be to use a pack of pure date paste, which saves lots of time and the final result is just as amazing. Here is my favorite pure date.

What can I replace the coconut with? 

You could use hemp hearts as a substitute, or just leave it out.

What if my dates seem dried out? 

Try soaking them in warm water for 10 minutes before adding them to your food processor. That should soften them right up and make them easy to blend!

How do I store these nut and date bars? 

These no bake bars can be stored at room temperature for couple of days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week and up to 3 months in an airtight container in the freezer.

More No Bake Desserts?

Oat and Grain Bars

No Bake Jello Cheesecake

No-Bake Cream Pie

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Do you love a coconut date dessert? Then you will love this easy no bake coconut date bars recipe!

Coconut Date Bars

Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Craving something sweet without the guilt? These quick no bake coconut date bars is always the answer!

Instructions

    1. Start by lining a baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. I used an 9×9-inch dish.
    2. Crush your plain biscuits by hand into small pieces and set aside. 
    3. Pit dates, place in a food processor and process until coarse. 
    4. In a large skillet, melt butter and add coarse dates. Cook for 5-7 minutes on medium heat or until soft mixing consistently. (The dates will still be coarse but much softer).
    5. Remove from heat and add chopped pecans, mix well.
    6. Add crushed biscuits and mix some more until all the ingredients are incorporated. Let the mixture cool enough to handle. Then mix further with hands (if needed).
    7. Transfer mixture to the prepared paper-lined baking dish and pack down using the back of a measuring cup.
    8. Sprinkle with shredded coconuts evenly on top and lightly press down. 
    9. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before cutting or in the freezer for half an hour.
    10. Remove the coconut date from the pan using the edges of the parchment paper.
    11. Place it on a cutting board.
    12. Cut into equal size pieces with a sharp knife. Store these healthy bars in an airtight container. 
    13. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 6gSugar: 33gProtein: 5g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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