You've always had a special place in your heart for Mounds candy bars, but if you're avoiding dairy, these chewy chocolaty goodies are off limits — until now. Once you make your own, you'll realize how easy and more delicious they can be!
Not only are these one calorie less than a regular Mounds (hey, every calorie adds up!), but they're also only made with just five ingredients: dates, unsweetened coconut, dairy-free chocolate chips, a smidge of coconut oil, and vanilla extract (no sodium metabisulfite or hydrolyzed milk protein).
Make a batch to keep in the fridge whenever chewy-chocolate cravings strike. Each piece offers 1.6 grams of fiber and eight percent of your daily iron, so they're healthy!
- 1 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
- 6 dates
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (dairy-free — I used Trader Joe's)
- 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil
- Line a small cutting board with wax or parchment paper.
- Combine dates and coconut in a food processor until slightly sticky, about three minutes.
- Scoop out a tablespoon of the mixture, pushing firmly to form a dome shape. Then pop the dough into the palm of your hand and form the edges into a rounded rectangle and place it on the wax paper. Make 15 total.
- Freeze for 20 minutes.
- While the bars are firming up, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave or in a double boiler (in a small glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water).
- Take the coconut bars out of the freezer and use a spoon to spread melted chocolate on the tops and sides (no need to cover the bottom). Place it back on the wax paper, using the back of the spoon to smooth out the edges. Do all 15.
- Pop them back in the freezer for another 20 to firm up.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
Below is the nutritional info for one Mounds:
Image Source: Calorie Count
- Desserts, Candy
- North American
- 15 pieces
- Total Time
- 1 hour
- Calories per serving