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Mounds Candy Bars

gluten free mounds bars recipe
These healthier mounds bars are a quick and easy homemade chocolate and coconut candy.

We will be making these yummy gluten free candy bars for Purim which is coming up this week.  Of course, we also plan on making Hamantaschen as well, which is one of the boys’ fave treats.

These mounds bars are easy to make and rich with dark chocolate and a coconut filling consisting of shredded coconut, coconut oil and agave.  My older son downed them and thought they were delicious.  My younger son is not a chocolate lover, so these did not strike his fancy.

Mounds Candy Bars


  1. Melt chocolate in a small pan over very low heat; you can use a double boiler if you wish and temper the chocolate
  2. Using a small paint brush, coat the bottom and sides of a mounds candy mold
  3. Place mold in freezer for 10 minutes to allow chocolate to harden
  4. In a small bowl, combine shredded coconut, coconut oil and agave
  5. Remove mold from freezer
  6. Fill chocolate lined molds with coconut mixture
  7. Paint chocolate over coconut mixture to cover bars
  8. Place in freezer for 10 minutes to harden
  9. Remove from freezer, turn mold upside down and pop mounds out of mold
  10. Serve

Makes 9 mounds bars (depending on your candy mold)

One of my favorite blogs, Pinch My Salt recently posted Ideas for a Homemade Valentine’s Day and included a link back to my favorite Valentine’s Day recipes over here at elanaspantry.com.  Thanks!

In book tour news, I will be appearing live on The Zoe Alexander Connection on Blog Talk Radio this Thursday at 11am (MST).  We will have a call in period during the show; if you want to say hello, the call in number is (347) 843-4537. I’ll also be appearing on The Jeff Farias Show podcast later that day on March 2nd at 6:30pm (MST).

posted on February 23, 2010, 51 comments

  1. Christie @ Honoring Health @ honormyhealth.com

    Oh man. These look so tasty! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jamie

    My FAVORITE candy bar which I haven’t had in years! They look so rich and satisfying. Thanks!!

  3. Hannah Handpainted @ HannahHandpainted.com

    Wow…thanks. I should make some for myself for my birthday! :)

  4. I just love these super simple “candy” recipes that you’ve been posting lately. The nut butter cups with the flaxseed meal were really clever and these look terrific! Nice work.

  5. Marla

    These look yummy..Your book is awesome BTW…So glad I have it…I like your webstore at Amazon, too :)

  6. Oh, no you didn’t!? These look AMAZING!!! Whoa…got to try these…hope I can control myself :)

  7. Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) @ meghantelpnerblog.com

    Those look so fantastic! Thinking I might add a little peppermint essential oil and vanilla bean to the centres of mine. This could be dangerous.

  8. Add almonds on top and there you have it: almond joy bars!

  9. I never would have thought I’d be able to make a candy bar, but you make it look so easy! Shall definitely be trying these in the future, as I have some coconut-loving friends :)

  10. Margo Menzel

    Elana is something else!! How talented and creative. She virtually saved my life. Thank you!

  11. OMG…..this looks so simple! I have never even dreamed of making these from scratch!

    I have a new mission now.


  12. All of your delicious-looking candies you’ve posted lately have me convinced I need to buy a few candy molds. These sound AMAZING.

  13. Oh my! Does it get much better than this? Thank you!

  14. These look delicious! I love coconut with anything. I will have to put candy molds on my list of kitchen accessories.

  15. I really like this recipe of yours. Will try it for sure!

  16. Katrina (gluten free gidget) @ glutenfreegidget.blogspot.com

    I would probably add almonds to make it an Almond Joy! Where did you find the mold?

  17. yoga for beginners @ yogafor-beginners.com

    Wow. So much delicious. I really like it :)

  18. Julia

    These look great! My oldest daughters favorite candy bar is “Almond Joy”, so I am going to add an almond and she will think I’m the best mom ever!!!

  19. Tonia

    I just went and bought some candy molds and made these delicious chocolate coconut bars and they were so very very delicous and so simple to make!

  20. HaleyNZ

    They look fantastic!! I’ve made something similar, however I did the filling first, rolled it into little balls and put it in the freezer. I then melted the chocolate and dipped the frozen filling into the chocolate. Very messy, and definitly didn’t look as great as yours, but tasted yummy!

  21. These are the best! My brother and I grew up on these.. but I learned of my allergy soon after and wasn’t able to eat them like ever. I would love to try this! AMAZING!

  22. These look amazing!
    Where do you get the mold for these?

  23. Regina

    You are a genius and a Godess and I LOVE YOU!

  24. you are inspiring me. i have been baking since i was 7 (over 40 years) and you are inspiring me to go to the “other side”. thanks to you (and a few other respected bloggers), i went out and purchased a plethora of various flours, sugars and oils.
    let’s see how i do….

    you r terrific! thanks for doing what you do.

  25. Shannon @ mondragon.ca

    Hello Elana,

    I work at and run a cooperative that is a vegan cafe, radical bookstore and organic grocery store. We rarely have treats that are gluten free and vegan, so I am so happy you posted these. We buy oskri bars that are almost identical. I was thinking of making a variation of these to sell but was wondering if you could give me some advice as to what the costs and selling price could be.

  26. Cheryl P.

    These are amazing! Here’s a small tip for those of you who do not have a mold. Simple roll out the coconut into mini candy bar sized pieces. With the melted chocolate in a pastry bag, pipe a bit of the chocolate onto a piece of parchment. Press the coconut piece into the chocolate and using the pastry bag, pipe just enough chocolate over the top to cover it completely. This gives it a smooth and seemless look without having to buy the molds. I sometimes drizzle a bit of white chocolate over it to give it a professional appearance. Hope that helps a bit!

  27. Sandy

    how do you get the choc mixture to stick to the sides when you paint it on there to place into the freezer without it running back down the sides to the bottom?

  28. girls in rock @ http://www.ranker.com/profile-of/rockboy @ ranker.com/profile-of/rockboy

    These mounds bars look so great, I used to eat them all the time, but now trying a more vegan approach, this looks super tasty! Thanks!

  29. what kind of coconut oil? the liquid one or the solid?

  30. Tati

    Thank you for this recipe! It looks amazing.
    I have a couple of questions if you know.
    I want to make some for Thanksgiving and I am wondering how early I could make those.
    1. How long can they be kept?
    2. What would be the best way to store them: frozen, in the fridge or room temperature?
    Thank you!
    – Tati

  31. Wow,the bars look appetizing!It is always better to make your own than buy them from outside.Such a simple recipe too!Uses ingredients easily available in one’s pantry.
    Thank you for sharing.:-)

  32. Rachel B @ bb4wa.com

    Did anybody else try to make these? If so, how did it come out for you?

    Yes, it sounds so simple, but for me it was not! I ordered the mold from the link Elana provided. Nothing but problems with the recipe though. The chocolate hardened and I wasn’t able to “paint” it into the molds on the bottoms; then by the time I froze the chocolate and made the coconut mixture, the chocolate for the tops was impossible to even smear over the coconut with my fingers, let alone a paintbrush.

    There was way too much of the coconut mixture and I have it leftover so I have no idea what to do with it. What came out was nothing that resembled the pictures of the candy posted. I may as well have eaten the ingredients separately. I am very disappointed in this recipe.

    • Erin

      Did you heat your chocoalte in a double boiler and then keep the water warm? It stays smooth and melted this way throughout the candy making process. Soundsd like your problem was the cooled-off chocolate.

  33. Cynthia Briggs @ cynthiabriggsbooks.com

    OMG! Here it is January 2012 and I’m just running across this recipe. It’s in my file to make for Valentine’s Day or ( so far away ) the holidays. They look absolutely wonderful, dark chocolate and coconut has been one of my faves since I was a kid.

    Cynthia Briggs

  34. susan

    These were a delicious brain healthy treat with the coconut oil. I substituted honey for the agave. Thanks so much for all of your effort!

  35. Karen

    Love these bars, they are absolutely delicious. Thank you for the recipe for my favorite candy bars of all time especially now that I can’t have soy, gluten, dairy or sugar. Yummy, yummy!

  36. GeoGoddess

    I just made these and loved them! I don’t have molds, so I just painted tempered chocolate into miniature cupcake papers which I placed into my mini cupcake pan. They tasted great although the chocolate melts on my fingers when I peel the paper off. I think I’ll invest in a mold because this is a keeper. I always have these ingredients in my pantry and I went from “Wow, I think I’ll make these!” to “nom nom nom, good!” in 30 minutes.

    • a

      i don’t have moulds either… i used this recipie as a base and made it into a slice instead. I made a base out of 200g of crushed chocolate biscuits and 100g dairy free spread. then pressed the coconut mixture on top. poured melted choc over the top…. yum :-) just another idea…

  37. Tiffany

    I just made these…O M G they are so good. Better and more rich than the real thing…so good!

  38. Liesa

    Where do I find Mounds candy molds??

    • Bodhisattva

      Oh yeah! Made these the other night and they were fabulous. Way better than the commercial ones. It has me wanting to make more and different healthier option candies. I am finding so many great recipies and ideas here. I eat gluten free, but Elana has me considering going Paleo. Love this site.

  39. Randi

    Thanks for the simple recipe. We used silicone muffin cups and they peeled off easily. Yum!

  40. If you don’t want to bother with candy molds, handshape the coconut mixture into small bars, pop them in the freezer until chilled, then dip in chocolate. Same ingredients, different method. Both delicious!

  41. Pam H

    Made this into little bite size pieces that I just drizzled the chocolate frosting on and all my sugar-loving friends thought it was the best! It is. The best. Thank you for your creativity and wonderful blending of flavors.

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