If you like Mounds Bars (or their overseas counterpart, Bounty Bars) but you're trying to eat healthier, you're going to flip for these Sugar-free Keto Mounds Bars. With their creamy coconutty filling enrobed in rich dark chocolatey goodness, they're also vegan and gluten-free and work for almost any special diet.
Bonus--Read on for special tips that make the rich coconut center extra yummy, plus super easy and frugal versions too--'cause that's how most of us need to roll. Especially these days.
Having healthy snacks and treats around the house is one of the best ways I know to avoid sugar and junk foods. You know how it goes--you have the best plans to eat well, and then those treats call your name from the kitchen and well, it's all downhill to the bottom of the bag, box, or ice cream container from there.
It's best to keep sugary packaged food out of the home, but if you keep your kitchen stocked with healthier treats (like these bars), you have a fighting chance at ditching temptation.
These Healthy Mounds Bars make a great healthy Easter treat and Halloween candy, but they're truly a fantastic way to satisfy your sweet cravings anytime.
And bonus--these bars aren't just sugar free, vegan, and keto, they're also loaded with all of the healthy benefits of coconut (including fiber) and chocolate's got its fair share of antioxidants and more.
I mean, it's not the same nutrition as a plate of veggies, but hey. I'll take it.
What is a Mounds Bar?
Mounds is a candy bar brand introduced in the US in 1938 by The Hershey Company out of Hershey, PA in the US. It's a chewy coconut bar coated in dark chocolate. The same company also made the famous Almond Joy candy bars, which are a similar bar topped with whole almonds and coated in milk chocolate, brought to market in 1948.
The Original Bounty Bars (brought to the UK and Canada in 1951) are a close relative to Mounds, coated in milk chocolate instead of dark.
Why Is This the BEST Keto Mounds Bar Recipe
Here's why I think this is the Best Keto Mounds Bar Recipe out there. - extra flavor, time saving and money savings tips.... In fact, in my book, these are the best Homemade Mounds Bars since on top of all of those other things, they're sugar-free--and we all know that most people get way too much white sugar in their diet as it is.
Special Extra Flavor Tip
For an extra boost of coconut flavor, toast your coconut lightly as mentioned in the instructions before using it in this recipe. You can do this either in the oven or even in a large pan on low heat on the stovetop. Just make sure to really watch the coconut so you don't burn it. Burned coconut is a very sad sight!
Once you smell that lovely intense coconutty fragrance wafting throughout your home, you'll know it's just about done.
You can of course skip this step for an easier homemade treat, but I promise you won't regret the extra time spent.
Time Saving Tips
Toast Ahead of Time
Toast a bunch of coconut and store it in the pantry, fridge, or freezer to have on hand for this recipe. Other great ways to use toasted coconut are on top of hot cereal, ice cream, or on a smoothie. (LINKS).....
Slap In the Pan Method
Even though the chocolate dipped version is super yummy, if you're short on time, just put the coconut mixture in the pan and top with the chocolate coating. Chill and cut into bars. Same great taste with minimal effort and just a few simple steps.
Money Saving Tips
Save Money On Chocolate Chips: Instead of buying spendy low carb / sugar-free chocolate chips at the grocery store, make your own using this recipe. I've been told by many that this is the best chocolate recipe they've ever had--so why not save money and get the best, right?
Save Money on Coconut Cream: You can "make" your own coconut milk by using the thick coconut part of canned coconut milk as outlined in this recipe for Dairy-free Whipped Cream.
Save Money on Powdered Sweetener: To save money on the powdered low carb sweetener, you can make your own sugar-free powdered sugar in a blender or food processor.
- unsweetened shredded coconut
- powdered sweetener
- coconut oil
- coconut cream
- semi sweet dark chocolate
- vanilla extract
- sea salt
Preheat oven. (Photo 1)
Toast coconut shreds in oven. (Photo 2)
Remove and let cool down.
Combine ingredients for coconut centers. (Photo 3)
Mix to combine. (Photo 4)
Create 10 bars and place on baking tray. Chill in fridge. (Photo 5)
Melt the chocolate or chocolate ingredients in double boiler. (Photo 6 & 7)
Coat each bar and chill in fridge. (Photo 8)
Drizzle with more chocolate and top with sea salt if desired.
Other No Bake Vegan Keto Treats
Hankering for more? Here are some more low-carb vegan treats you'll for sure love eating and serving your family.
Almond Joy Bars - easy to make and so good!
Almond Butter Cups - the healthy answer to Reese's.
Healthy Dark Chocolate Bark - quite possibly the best chocolate bark out there.
Healthy Snickers Bars - no bake, easy to make, and with a peanut-free option!
Sugar-free Twix Bars - with a no bake option, you can have these yummy bars made in a flash
Recipe Notes and Special Diet Options
You can use any type of sweetener you like, but a liquid sweetener will make thae bars turn out differently and they will likely be too soft.
These bars are naturally keto, low-carb, vegan, gluten-free and THM:S.
AIP: For AIP, use coconut sugar or palm sugar and powder that, and carob for the cocoa.
Here's the full recipe--betcha can't wait to make these!
Sugar-free Keto Mounds Bars
- If toasting the coconut, preheat oven to 400° F (200° C). If not, skip to the fifth item in these instructions.
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- Toast the coconut shreds n the preheated oven for 5 to 6 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Remove the coconut from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes while you start preparing the coconut filling.
- Place the powdered sweetener, coconut oil, coconut cream, and vanilla into a large mixing bowl. Add the coconut once it's cooled.
- Combine the ingredients well.
- Using your hands, create 10 bars and place them on parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- When the bars are almost done chilling, either place the chocolate chips or combine the ingredients for the DIY Chocolate Coating in the top of a double boiler. Heat until melted, stirring to mix well.
- Remove the bars from the fridge.
- Using a dipping tool, coat each coconut bar with chocolate and set aside.
- Place the bars in the fridge and let them cool for at least 1 hour.
- Remove from the fridge and if desired, drizzle with the remaining chocolate (after reheating over low heat) and top with sea salt.
- Store in an air tight container at room temperature, or in the fridge if using coconut oil for the chocolate coating. The bars can also be stored in the freezer for up to at least 3 months.
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