Toasted Cashew Coconut Bars

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the natural sweetness of these Toasted Cashew Coconut Bars, which are sweetened with dates and completely free of any processed sugar. A healthy homemade larabar recipe!  

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a plate of cashew coconut bars.

Dates are a healthy natural way to sweeten without sugar and these Cashew Coconut Bars are evidence that you won’t miss it. Other healthier date recipes include this popular Date Cookies recipe and these Cashew Cookie Larabars. Check out all of our Healthier Snacks Recipes for inspiration.

IN THIS POST: Everything you need to make Cashew Coconut Bars

a plate of cashew coconut bars.

Ingredients for this recipe

  • cashews – these add creaminess to the bar
  • unsweetened coconut shredded – makes these bars nice and chewy
  • dates – natural sweet goodness
  • vanilla – classic natural flavor
  • sea salt – to bring out the flavors of the ingredients
  • almond butter – helps to hold everything together

These snack bars are paleoketo, and Whole 30 friendly which means no maple syrup, or honey yet they are still sweet enough to pass as dessert. The dates are nature’s candy.

a container of dates.

Instructions

Start by heating the oven to 350. Spread the cashews out on a baking sheet and toast them for 5 minutes. Allow them to cool down for 10 minutes or so.

Next, place the toasted cashews, dates, coconut, pinch of sea salt, and vanilla in a food processor.

dates and coconut in a food processor.

Pulse them until the mixture is crumbly.

crumbled dates and coconut in a food processor.

Then, add almond butter to the mixture and blend until it begins to clump together and the dates have been completely broken down.

sticky date mixture in a food processor.

Finally, line a loaf pan or baking dish with parchment paper and press the mixture into the pan firmly.

I find using the back of a flat spatula works really well to get an even layer.

a loaf pan of date bars.

Pop the pan into the freezer for 15-20 minutes then slice into bars.

a plate of cashew coconut bars.

FAQS, Tips, and Substitutions

  • Are these treats low in carbs? They contain about 22 grams of carbs. Check the nutrition label in the recipe card for more detailed info.
  • Store these in an airtight container or the fridge or freezer for up to a week.
  • Substitute different nuts such as walnuts or pecans

 More healthy no bake recipes

a stack of no bake coconut cashew date bars.

**This recipe was originally posted on April 17, 2015, updated on January 25, 2019, and updated again on March 30, 2023.**

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a stack of no bake coconut cashew bars.

Toasted Cashew Coconut Bars

Sharon Rhodes
You'll be pleasantly surprised by the natural sweetness of these Toasted Cashew Coconut Bars, which are sweetened with dates and completely free of any processed sugar. A healthy homemade larabar recipe!  
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 171 kcal

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 and spread out the cashews on a baking sheet. Toast them for 5 minutes then allow them to cool for 10 minutes on the pan.
  • Place the cashews, dates, coconut, and sea salt in a food processor and pulse until it's crumbly.
  • Add in the almond butter and vanilla and process until it begins to clump together and the mixture is sticky.
  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and press the mixture into the pan firmly. Use the back of a flat spatula to press it in well.
  • Freeze for 15-20 minutes and slice into bars or squares.

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Notes

  • Store these in an airtight container or the fridge or freezer for up to a week.
  • Substitute different nuts such as walnuts or pecans

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 51mgPotassium: 284mgFiber: 3gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 37IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
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34 Comments

    1. I think you probably could! It would totally change the flavor though and I can’t vouch for that. The dates add a caramel type taste and raisins would be sweet in a different way. Let me know if you do try it and how it turns out. Thanks Mae Lynn!

  1. These look absolutely delicious! I will definitely have to give them a try. I love cashews and dates and I can see how they would work really well together here. This looks like the type of food I’d love to take ahead and snack on the go. Great recipe!

  2. You know that dates are sugar, right? And TWO CUPS of dates are so high carb/sugar, you’d be better off using a sweetener of your choice. Once I made grain free muesli nut bars and used 2 dates for the whole recipe. It would have tasted better with lots more but that’s defeating the purpose. They look good, though.

    1. Hey Debra! Thanks for your comment. I realize that dates contain natural sugars as they are a fruit, which is so much better than the ‘sweetener of your choice’. For a LOT of people that choice is the nutritionally void and seriously harmful white processed sugar. My website focuses on eating whole, natural foods and eliminating as much processed junk as possible. The 2 cups of dates in this recipe is for 12-24 portions. Hardly a single date in each bar. 🙂 They are calorie dense so if your purpose is counting calories then yes, these may be high for you. If eating healthier, with a focus on delicious whole foods is your goal then these more than just look good. They are so tasty!

  3. Mine turned out delicious but the don’t hold together very well. Any ideas? My almond butter was ground in the store so wasn’t real smooth. Could that be why? Thanks for this recipe. Yummy.

    1. Hi Esther! I find using drippy almond butter works best, and I buy the all natural kind with the layer of oil at the top. Usually the first use, once the oil has been mixed in is best for bars. 🙂 Also keep them stored in the fridge/freezer.

    1. Thanks so much Wendy! These are pretty darn yummy, if I do say so myself. 😉 Enjoy the rest of your week!

  4. Yum. Just made a batch using cashew butter and adding some goji berries and cocoa nibs. Can’t wait to slice it up.

    1. So sweet! I love the molds. I’m always happy when the little ones approve. Their opinion is the most honest. 😉 Thanks Stacy!

  5. These look amazing! I have all the ingredients on hand except for the almond butter. Thoughts on substituting something like an equal amount of coconut oil?

    1. You could probably even get away without it. I’m not sure the extra coconut oil won’t make it too oily. Let me know how it goes!

  6. These are awesome. They are my favorite new snack since doing my first Whole 30 (not Whole 30 compliant unless you omit the extract) and then converting to mostly paleo back in Jan.

    1. Good to know about the extract! Thanks. 🙂 And, I’m so glad you like these. They’re a personal fave. 🙂

    1. Hey Kaila! I still make these all the time and I have to say, they are pretty awesome. 😉 Thanks for taking the time to comment. The positivity is muchly appreciated. 🙂

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