Homemade Chocolate Dipped Coconut ‘Luna Bars’

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’


Description


Ingredients

  • 2 cups crispy brown rice cereal (I used Erewhon’s Gluten-Free)
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons protein powder (I used Sunwarrior)
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 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?

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    45 comments
    1. Michelle
      August 13, 2016 AT 10:30 am

      My son loves Luna bars, but they are pretty processed and expensive! He loved these and I have to agree….melted in your mouth…now how to stop eating them!

    2. 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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2014 AT 2:58 pm

        So glad you like them Mirra!!

    3. Nisha
      January 11, 2014 AT 10:42 pm

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

      1. 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. 🙂

    4. 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.

    5. 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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 16, 2013 AT 4:33 pm

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

        1. 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.

    6. 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!

    7. 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!!!!!!

      1. Susan
        April 3, 2013 AT 2:23 pm

        Yes! Lemon Zest is my favorite as well.

    8. 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!

    9. 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!

    10. 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

    11. 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!!!

    12. 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! 😉

    13. 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 🙂

    14. 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!

    15. 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!

    16. 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!

      1. maria
        July 23, 2012 AT 12:53 pm

        Yes, please! Peppermint Stick is my favorite.

    17. 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!!!!

    18. 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.

    19. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
      March 27, 2012 AT 12:51 pm

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

    20. 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!

    21. 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!

    22. Cat @ Breakfast to Bed
      March 27, 2012 AT 10:39 am

      I will be making these now. Thank you kindly.

    23. Steph @ StephSnacks
      March 27, 2012 AT 10:22 am

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

    24. Kendra B.
      March 27, 2012 AT 9:19 am

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

    25. 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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