Healthy Coco-Pop Bars | Lunch Box Recipe

If you’re after a yummy lunchbox snack, these Healthy Coco-Pop Bars are exactly what you need! Made with honey, chia seeds & coconut oil…. they’re the perfect alternative to the sugar-filled store bought varieties!

Healthy Coco-Pop Bars | Lunch Box Recipe

You know that feeling when you’re really, really craving something deliciously naughty and sweet… but you ‘knowwww’ that you should be eating something healthy instead?? Of course you know that feeling! Well I certainly do too… I have that mega brain argument about 50 million times every single day. Which brings me to these yummy little things…

Healthy Coco-Pop Bars | Lunch Box Recipe

Say hello to these ‘Healthy Coco-Pop Bars’! They taste just like you’re eating a really naughty treat, when you’re actually gobbling down on chia seeds, cacao powder and other deliciously healthy things. Heck YES!!!

Healthy Coco-Pop Bars | Lunch Box Recipe

This recipe came about when I was experimenting with making a healthier alternative to store-bought LCM bars and sugar-filled muesli bars. And what a delicious little experiment it turned out to be! Oh and did I mention that they also take less than 5 minutes to make and are completely no-bake??…. love, love, love that!

Healthy Coco-Pop Bars | Lunch Box Recipe

So next time you’re looking for a healthier snack for your kiddies (or yourself), then definitely try a batch of these yummy Healthy Coco-Pop Bars. I promise they’ll give your usual 3pm Freddo frog a run for it’s money! xx

Healthy Coco-Pop Bars | Lunch Box Recipe

Healthy Coco-Pop Bars | Lunch Box Recipe

PS. For more healthy kid-friendly snacks and recipes, check out my 101 sweet and savoury lunch box snacks! YUM!

Healthy Coco-Pop Bars | Lunch Box Recipe

Super Healthy 'Coco-Pop' Bars!

Healthy 'Coco-Pop' Bars that taste just as good as the real thing but are soooo much healthier thanks to the raw cacao, coconut and chia seeds!
4.29 from 7 votes
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Course: Slices
Cuisine: Healthy Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (120g) rice bubbles or any puffed rice
  • 1/4 cup (40g) chia seeds
  • 2 cups (200g) desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup (25g) raw cacao powder
  • 3/4 cup (255g) honey or 1 cup rice malt syrup
  • 1/2 cup (110g) coconut oil, melted

Instructions

  • Place the rice bubbles, chia seeds, coconut and cacao powder into a large bowl.
  • Pour over the honey and melted coconut oil and mix together really well.
  • Place the mixture into a lined 20cm square cake tin and press down firmly (I like to use a round glass and roll it over the mixture to really press it down extra hard).
  • Place the tin into the fridge and leave for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  • Take out of the fridge and cut into bars.
  • Store the bars in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

Please note that using honey will keep the bars together more firmly than rice malt syrup. 
To ensure that the bars don't crumble when being sliced, make sure the mixture is pressed very firmly into the tin and allow to set for 2-3 hours in the fridge. 
Use a cake tin of the same size to help press the mixture down firmly. It's important that the mixture is pressed down very firmly so that it doesn't crumble when sliced. 
Remove the slice from the fridge and cut immediately (if you allow it to come to room temperature, it will crumble on slicing). 
Cut the coco-pop bars with a very sharp knife while the slice is still in the tin. 
Place the slice pieces back into the fridge as soon as you've cut them (to keep them intact). 

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Lauren @ Create Bake Make
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These look great Lucy. You are not alone, I’ve never had LCM bars before either and growing up it was homemade snacks for morning tea at school every day. It was always a treat when on the odd occasion we had something ‘bought’ at school. This recipe certainly looks much healthier than the twix slice which also uses rice bubbles I saw on pintrest this morning!

Gourmet Getaways
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Oh Lucy, these bars look crunchy and tasty! Thanks to the addition of chia seeds into the recipe. It makes it an even healthier, fun snack!

Julie
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Krystal
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Krystal

Hi
I made these bars today and they are absolutely amazing however using 1 cup of rice malt syrup was about 400 grams I checked the sugar contents on jar and it was 227g per the whole batch
I don’t really understand sugar I no this is rice malt syrup but is this an unhealthy amount ?

Lila
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I’ll admit I was skeptical when I saw what they were called but they look good, can’t wait to try them.

Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie
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Ooh these look delicious! Perfect for work snack as well as a lunchbox! I’m always looking for new, healthy snack ideas to get me through the mid-arvo slump and these sound right up my alley!