These low carb no-bake paleo grasshopper bars are healthy, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and so tasty. They're loaded with all kinds of nourishing ingredients so you can feel good about serving them and eating them anytime!
Today I have a really exciting healthy grasshopper bars recipe.
Since I was little, chocolate mint has been one of my favorite flavor combinations.
I feel a little bad sharing this but really–chocolate mint was a huge problem for me. As in Thin Mints and Breyer's Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.
My mother was a Girl Scout cookie mother one year.
Bad idea. Very bad.
And if we ever had Breyer's Mint Chip in the house, let's just stay it wasn't around for very long and I was the main reason for that.
Or the only reason.
So anyhow, it only makes sense that I would have to have some healthy chocolate mint treats on my blog like these Frosted Chocolate Mint Cookies, Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Fresh Mint Chocolate Ice Cream with Ganache, and today's treat, Healthy No Bake Grasshopper Bars.
These Grasshopper Bars are great in so many ways.
– Chocolate Mint
First of all, they are chocolate mint, and chocolate and mint are just about the best combination out there, in my humble opinion.
– No Bake
Second, they are a no bake recipe. And that's not only great during the summer months — that's great for all year round, 'cause it makes for a fast, easy recipe. Always good in my book!
We LOVE no bake desserts like these Coconut Delights, Chocolate Fudge-Topped Brownies, Chocolate Avocado Truffles with a Kick, Chocolate Avocado Pudding, and 5-Minute Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Balls.
– Low carb
Great for helping you keep your carb intake down.
– Dairy free
With so many being allergic or sensitive to dairy, this is a huge plus
– AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet
These even can fit the AIP Diet, so they are the perfect dessert recipe for almost any special diet. It's hard to find recipes that work so well for so many special diets.
If you're on the AIP diet, this grouping of Easy AIP desserts should help.
If you don't know about the AIP diet, here is a great post with more information.
– Healthy Fifth, these chocolate mint bars are loaded with healthy ingredients, so you can feel good eating this yourself, or serving this treat anytime to your family and friends, knowing that you are feeding them real nutrition.
These grasshopper bars are loaded with:
Coconut – full of antioxidants and healthy fats
Coconut Oil – antifungal, healthy fats, and a great energy source
Avocado – antioxidants, cardiovascular support, helps with satiety (feeling full). Here is more on all of the health benefits of avocados.
Cocoa – antioxidant source, good source of magnesium, cardiovascular support. Of course, cocoa does have stimulants, so carob is a better alternative if you are sensitive to that.
I don't know about you, but I'm craving these chocolate mint bars now!
These bars taste great just out of the fridge or the freezer.
Of course, they don't travel well in very warm weather, but you could use a freezer bag to take to a special occasion.
Ooh – and while we're talking about freezing, did you know that freezing avocados is a thing? Yes, you can make these Low Carb Grasshopper Bars more of a frugal treat by purchasing your avocados on sale and freezing them!
And all the Frugal Avocado Lovers rejoiced!
You could also drizzle some of these melted White Chocolate Chips on top for a special treat. Just melt over low heat, place in a plastic bag, cut a small hole in a corner and squirt out as you would from an icing bag. Of course, you can use an icing bag as well.
Whatever way you choose to eat these chocolate mint bars, enjoy the healthful goodness.
Oh, and this recipe was inspired by Raia's wonderful recipe here.
Recipe Notes and Substitutions for Grasshopper Bars
- Xylitol: Any healthy sweetener can be substituted for the xylitol. If using stevia, use 4 scoops for the mint layer and 2 scoops for the chocolate layer. It is better to not use stevia in the mint layer if possible, though, since the bars will taste better if you use another sweetener because there is already stevia in the mint layer. For AIP, use coconut sugar.
- Stevia: See this post for information on measuring and using stevia. It can be a little tricky :). Also, use organic coconut sugar instead of stevia for AIP.
- Peppermint: You can substitute 9 drops peppermint essential oil for the peppermint extract. (I recommend Rocky Mountain Oils. You can ready why here)
- Carob: Substitute organic carob for the cocoa to have a caffeine-free treat or for AIP – this adds more carbs.
- THM: For those on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this recipe qualifies as an “S.”
No-Bake Grasshopper Bars
- Lightly grease an 8x8 pan.
- Place all ingredients in high powered blender (such as a Blendtec or Vitamix) or a food processor. Process until blended. If you prefer the texture of coconut in the finished result, do not process completely.
- Spread mixture into prepared pan and place in freezer.
- In small saucepan, melt coconut oil and sweetener over low heat.
- Remove from heat, add in remaining ingredients, and stir to combine.
- Pour over chilled bottom layer. Return to the freezer until the chocolate layer is solid.
- Cut into bars
- Store covered in the refrigerator or freezer.