No-Bake Coconut Avocado Grasshopper Bars – paleo & vegan

Need a healthy dessert that's quick to make? This Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Bars are paleo and allergy friendly too. It's a No Bake Dessert that is loaded with healthy ingredients like coconut and avocado -- perfect for special occasions or any day that you need something yummy on the fly.

{Isn't a no bake dessert (like these no bake cookies) perfect when the weather is warm or you're super busy?  

Well I've got the PERFECT treat for you today.  Raia Torn from Raia's Recipes is sharing lovely Paleo Vegan No Bake Chocolate and Mint Grasshopper Bars made with uber healthy ingredients.

I first fell in love with grasshoppers as a skinny 9-year old at summer camp. No, I’m not talking about the 6-legged flying insects. I’m talking about dessert. Luscious, minty, chocolaty dessert.

When my family switched to a whole food, gluten-free lifestyle a couple years ago, I thought my beloved grasshoppers would be flying out the window. There was no way I could justify all the sugar and whatever else might be hidden in all the tasty treats I knew and loved.

Thankfully, there are a few things that make homemade, healthy grasshoppers attainable on an unprocessed diet: coconut, homemade chocolate, and avocados.

Yep. You read that right. Avocados.

Since my family’s stint with the GAPS Diet, avocados have become one of my new best friends.

And why should they not be?

Not only do they add wonderful texture to smoothies and puddings, they are full of healthy saturated fat, the immune boosting antioxidant glutathione, more natural fiber than any other fruit, Vitamins E & B6, folic acid, twice as much potassium as bananas, and lutein, which protects your eyes from degeneration. That’s quite the nutritional punch! (Sources: here and here. For more on avocado healthiness and another avocado recipe, go here.)

The first batch of these healthy grasshoppers I mixed up were quite a hit with my hubby. Even though he doesn’t like avocados, I had to restrain him from eating the whole batch. So when Adrienne asked me to share my recipe, I was glad to.

These little treats are great for avocado lovers and un-lovers alike! Plus, with the nutritious ingredient lineup, they’re practically healthy…. ;).

Need a healthy dessert that's quick to make? This Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Bars are paleo and allergy friendly too. It's a No Bake Dessert that is loaded with healthy ingredients like coconut and avocado -- perfect for special occasions or any day that you need something yummy on the fly.

NOTES: Read this post for information on measuring and using stevia. It can be a little tricky :).

{From Adrienne:  Seriously, these are healthy enough for anytime–including breakfast (if I do say so myself.  But then I am the Queen of Off the Cuff Breakfasts these days.}

Are you a HUGE Chocolate Mint fan too?
Will you be making these soon?  I've got to get some avocados and get on this right away!

Raia Torn - writer for Whole New MomRaia is a homeschooling, stay-at-home-mom of four crazy kids. After the birth of her third child in 2010, she was diagnosed with “trauma induced gluten intolerance”. This turned her whole-wheat-bread, pasta-filled life upside down and set her on a mission to find out what healthy really meant for her family. Aspiring to encourage other moms wandering the allergen-infested isles of grocery stores, she shares her love of simple, allergy-friendly baking (and chocolate) at Raia’s Recipes. When she’s not whipping up something new in the kitchen, Raia enjoys trying to keep the plants in her backyard garden alive, hanging out with her church family, eating (allergy-friendly) pizza, and dreaming about all the things she’d do if she had an acre of land to homestead.

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  1. I don’t have stevia. What can I use to sub for it? Or can I just leave it out?

  2. Hi-
    I’m a little confused – do you use the coconut oil only if you do the stevia option? Or is the coconut oil used even if you do the honey option?
    Thanks!

  3. This looks delicious but I am confused about the Mint Layer. What does the “or” refer to on the line,
    1/2 cup honey (for low carb use 1/2 cup xylitol) or .

    Thanks

    • You can choose whichever sweetener you would like to use. Hope that helps.

      • Here is how the initial part of the recioe is listed:
        2 Hass avocados
        1/2 cup honey (for low carb use 1/2 cup xylitol) or .
        3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
        6 scoops stevia (approx 3/16 tsp)
        4 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

        Do we use honey, coconut oil, and 6 scoops of stevia? So some stevia is in the recipe no matter what?

        How are they best stored? Pantry, refrigerator, or freezer?

        Thanks! Can’t wait to make them.

  4. Do they keep the fresh green colour? I’m worried off we don’t eat them in one sitting they will get that gross brown colour.

  5. Carbs on this?

    • Sorry – I don’t do nutritional analysis bc of all the subs in my recipes. But you can take whatever you would use and put them in a calculator online. Thanks!

  6. What does 6 scoops of stevia (approx 3/16 tsp) mean exactly? How much is a scoop?

  7. Hi! Just stumbled across the lovely recipe and would like to make it asap. Just 2 queries, can I substitute coconut oil with canola /sunflower oil? And the chocolate powder with dark chocolate bar ? It’s because I don’t like the flavor of coconut oil in desserts and I have a lot of chocolate bars stocked up at home.
    Thanks!

    • The oil will be more difficult as you want something more solid. The chocolate bar would be best to sub for the entire topping. As for the taste of coconut oil, if you get expeller pressed you won’t have a taste.

      I am going to be revamping this recipe. Possibly as soon as over the next few days, so you might wish to check back. Thanks!