Homemade Chocolate Dipped Coconut ‘Luna Bars’

by on March 26, 2012

Something amazing happened…

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I was able to recreate my favorite Luna Bar!

My three favorite Luna Bars are Chocolate Dipped Coconut, Chocolate Peppermint Stick and White Chocolate Macadamia, in that order. I don’t even like white chocolate so I don’t know why I love that White Chocolate Macadamia but I do.

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making them at home but was intimated by the ingredient list because it’s rather long. I started looking online to see if anyone had tried to make a homemade version and found that Katie from Chocolate Covered Katie had indeed made them before. Using her recipe as inspiration I went to work in the kitchen and made a Chocolate Dipped Coconut version.

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I could tell by one taste of the “batter” that they were going to be good, but once they were covered in chocolate and chilled they were even better. I haven’t done a side by side taste test to see if the flavor is exactly the same as the real Luna Bar, but that doesn’t really matter to me.

Isaac said that it’s the best bar I’ve ever made, which is a bold statement, but I think he’s probably right. The texture is apot-on and the mix of chocolate and coconut flavors are perfect. I made them into mini bars because I wanted them to be around 100 calories each. Plus everything is cuter in mini form. Right?

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Homemade Chocolate Dipped Coconut 'Luna Bars'
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 2 cups crispy brown rice cereal (I used Erewhon's Gluten-Free)
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats (gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons protein powder (I used Sunwarrior)
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup brown rice syrup
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons vegan chocolate chips, melted
Instructions
  1. Put cereal and oatmeal in a small food processor/chopper and pulse until the cereal is chopped fine. Don't process it too much or else you'll end up with flour.*
  2. Place cereal and oat mixture in a large mixing bowl and add in the coconut, protein powder and cocoa powder.
  3. Add the brown rice syrup, honey, peanut butter, coconut oil, and vanilla to a small sauce pan on medium-low heat. Stir mixture and heat until everything is melted and combined, about 2 minutes.
  4. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir very well, making sure to coat everything.
  5. Line a pan with parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the mixture, then press down as firmly as you can. Really press it down.
  6. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted.
  7. Spread the chocolate on top of the bars and freeze for at least an hour before slicing.
  8. Store the bars in a sealed container in the freezer, fridge or a room temperature. I like them straight from the freezer!

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And the mini bar only has 100 calories!!

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Since these were such a success, I think a homemade version of the Chocolate Peppermint Stick will be next on my list! Do you like Luna Bars? If so, what’s your favorite flavor?

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria March 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Those are my three favorite Luna bar flavors too! This recipe sounds great!

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Chocolate-Covered Katie March 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Aww they are gorgeous!

I’d been meaning to try a coconut version ever since I posted my original ones. But now you’ve done the hard work for me ;).

Love the photos!

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Eating Bird Food March 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Thanks lady and thank you for posting the original recipe! :)

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Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Oh my gosh I am so glad you posted this! After spending over TWO DOLLARS on a luna bar today (I was in a pinch!) I was thinking that I really needed to make a homemade version!
Also, we have the same three favorite flavors :)

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brenda farris March 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Im on the hunt for healthy delicious snacks since switching to the Nourishing Traditions Diet. Cant wait to try these out,

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Lisa March 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Those look so good! I never buy luna bars since they are pretty processed so I wouldn’t know the taste different, but I could deal with just these :)

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Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth March 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Oh my gosh, these look sooo decadent! The combination of textures sounds so chewy and perfect!

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Jenn (eating bender) March 27, 2012 at 12:04 am

These look amazing! I’ve always wanted to try making my own homemade energy bars. This recipe will have to be first, followed by Clif Chocolate Brownie ZBars. :)

Great to talk to you tonight!

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Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco March 27, 2012 at 12:53 am

BRILLIANT. ‘Nuff said.

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Lauren March 27, 2012 at 6:47 am

This is by far my favorite of all of the Luna flavors! I can’t wait to make these. Pinning now so I remember!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 27, 2012 at 7:46 am

I can’t have Luna bars because of my nut allergies… so thank you for this recipe! I can’t wait to try it. :D

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Liz @ iheartvegetables March 27, 2012 at 7:52 am

Oh my gosh, Brittany, these look AMAZING! I like Luna bars, but I’m usually too cheap to buy them. I also loooove coconut, so I think this flavor would be right up my alley. I totally need to start making my own bars, so I have a healthy snack to take with me when I’m running errands!

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Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free March 27, 2012 at 8:13 am

I cannot wait to make these! I haven’t had Luna bars in so long but I used to love them. Yum!

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lysa March 27, 2012 at 8:29 am

I love luna bars, but unfortunately they are so expensive I don’t often buy some. I will now be able to make my own! Thank you so much! They look amazingly GOOD!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots March 27, 2012 at 8:51 am

I love luna bars they were my staple in college during swim season! My favorite’s are peanut butter honey pretzel, lemon zest, blueberry bliss and the chocolate peppermint stick. MMmm I just love them!

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Kendra B. March 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

These seriously sound amazing. Thank you for this recipe, can’t wait to try!!! :D

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Steph @ StephSnacks March 27, 2012 at 10:22 am

Oh wow, these sound amazing! I need to hop on this recipe.

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Cat @ Breakfast to Bed March 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

I will be making these now. Thank you kindly.

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Tasha @ Foodie Girl Fitness March 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

Yum! I share the same favorite Luna bar flavors as you, so I am definitely excited to try this recipe out!

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Jasper {crunchylittlebites} March 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

These look lovely, Brittany. I like all of your bar recipes. They are so creative and much lighter on the wallet, too!

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm

These look amazing! On my “after Lent” list for sure!

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Renee March 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I’ll definitely have to try this recipe! The chocolate coconut Lunas are my 2nd favorite, next to the Blueberry Bliss.

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Heather March 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

My absolute favorite is the chocolate dipped coconut bar! 2nd is White Choc Macadamia nut and then the Peppermint stick. LOVE love LOVE!!!!

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Erin @ Running Tall March 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm

If you master the chocolate peppermint one can you please post it? That flavor is hands down my favorite one!

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maria July 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Yes, please! Peppermint Stick is my favorite.

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Paige March 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Ooh, I’ve never seen the chocolate dipped coconut but I love the peppermint stick ones! Excited to try making them at home now!

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Lauren March 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I just discovered Luna Bars about a month ago and the chocolate dipped coconut ones are by far my favorite! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

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ali janine @ This Ninja Eats Broccoli March 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I’ve never had a Luna bar before but I’ve heard so many bloggers rave about them. Glad to see I can make them myself now :)

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Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers March 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm

These look amazing. They would definitely have to stay in the freezer or I’d be nibbling on them all day long! ;)

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

These look just perfect! Love the crunch from puffed brown rice. Thanks for recreating them!!!

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Eve March 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I know they may not be Luna bars, but there are to DIE for! Gluten-Free PB Chocolate Chews

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Sarah April 2, 2012 at 12:03 am

This looks fantastic, what could I use in place of coconut oil? Thanks!! I really enjoy your blog!

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Sam @ Fit for My Fork April 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Holy yum! These look amazing. We don’t have those bars over here but I have tried making them before… they certainly didn’t turn out anywhere near as nice as yours. I ended up rolling the dough into a ball and just stuffing that in my mouth instead.

I am going to bookmark this and try these out next time I’m pottering around in the kitchen. Thanks for the recipe!

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Jessica Franklin June 30, 2012 at 2:10 am

My favorite is the Lemon Zest you would make MY day if you would experiment with this bar!!!!!!

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Susan April 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Yes! Lemon Zest is my favorite as well.

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Patti February 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I would LOVE a chocolate raspberry version!! I tried my own version but didn’t really like it. Would love some help with it.
Thanks!

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Katy March 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

yum! I’m in the middle of making these. I’m at the point of pressing it into a pan. 8×8″? 9×9″? I’ll try 9×9 and hope for the best. Smells GREAT!

Can’t find mini-Lunas anywhere anymore. Thank you for creating this recipe!

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Brittany Mullins March 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Sorry I didn’t catch this earlier! How did they turn out?

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katy March 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Brittany! Thank you so much for the recipe. I never, ever would have been able to figure this out without you.

I did tweak the recip to make it less sweet—using more nut butter in place of the honey (for stickiness with less sweetness) and coconut nectar (as sweet and carb-y but allegedly lower-glycemic) in place of the brown rice syrup.

I posted my version here: http://bigfootchildhavediabetes.com/2013/03/18/whither-mini-luna/

Mine are not as chewy and truly Luna-y as yours. I think the brown rice syrup is what gives the Luna its signature weird sweetness that you don’t often taste elsewhere.

I was trying to make something a little bit less carb-y for my diabetic child who loves chocolate-dipped coconut Lunas.

Thanks again! You’re amazing! I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

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katy March 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I’m with Jessica–Lemon Zest! Would that be white chocolate melted with lemon zest/lemon oil, and the same base but with no cocoa powder and some more lemon zest?

Now that you’ve created the formula…it’s hard to stop experimenting.

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Nisha January 11, 2014 at 10:42 pm

These are not vegan. Honey is listed in the ingredients which is an animal product. :/

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Eating Bird Food January 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Thanks for noticing that Nisha. I just updated the description. You could use maple syrup instead and they would still be vegan. :)

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Mirra February 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I didn’t have oats so I just added more brown rice cereal, and I didn’t know where to buy brown rice syrup so I used agave. They didn’t quite taste like the chocolate dipped coconut bar….more like a peanut butter chocolate bar with a hint of coconut. I also felt that they were lighter (a good thing!) than Luna bars and obviously way more healthier with better ingredients (I bought my stuff at a local farmers market!). They were ridiculously delicious and are my go to snack before and after class lectures. They taste even better out of the freezer and I will definitely be making more. Thank you!

Also, I love the chocolate peppermint Luna bar as well!

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Brittany Mullins February 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm

So glad you like them Mirra!!

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