Toasted Coconut Chia Bars


Toasted coconut chia bars made with seven simple ingredients. Loaded with complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats, these chia bars are the perfect pre-workout snack, especially for runners.


  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 pitted medjool dates
  • 2 Tablespoons brown rice syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons water (if needed)


  1. Add shredded coconut into a sauté pan over medium heat to toast. Toss consistently until the coconut shreds are golden in color.  This should take about 5 minutes or so. Just be sure to watch carefully because you don’t want the coconut to burn. Remove from heat and allow coconut to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Add cooled toasted coconut, dates, brown rice syrup, chia seeds, almond butter and chocolate chips into the base of a food processor (affiliate link) and process until fully combined and starting to form a ball of dough. If the mixture seems a little dry and isn’t really sticking together or forming the ball, add water (up to 1 1/2 Tablespoons). Process again and the ball should form.
  3. Remove dough from the processor and press into an 8-inch loaf pan (affiliate link) lined with parchment paper. Place loaf pan (affiliate link) in the fridge for 30-60 minutes to let the bars set up. Cut into 6 bars and store in the fridge until ready to enjoy. They should last up to one week.


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 208
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Sodium: 9mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 3g