Coconut Health Bars

Coconut Health Bars

I was looking through the box of The Australian Women’s Weekly Recipe Card Library circa early 1980’s that mum had passed down to me for some back to basic recipes for the lunchbox and snacks. I found this easy recipe for Coconut Health Bars.  It seems back in the early 80’s coconut was very popular and in 2015 everyone has seemingly gone crazy of it.

What I like about the 80’s is that is was understated it didn’t need to promoted as a “super food” it was simply just an ingredient that was readily available and families enjoyed it.  And that’s how it should be.  I have made some adjustments to the way it is made, but apart from that the ingredients are the same.


1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds

100gm Sesame Seeds

1/2 Cup Honey

1 Cup Coconut


1. Place the sunflower and sesame seeds into a food processor with the metal blade. Process for 1 minute.  You want to break the sunflower seeds down.

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2. In a small saucepan over a high heat add the honey and bring to the boil.  Boil the honey for 2 minutes and then add the seed mix.  Cook for a further minute stirring.

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3. Add the coconut and mix well. Remove from the heat.

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4. Place into a lined square baking dish or slice tray and press down until even.  Place in the fridge until it is set.  Approx 2 hours.  Cut into slices and eat.

Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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22 Responses to Coconut Health Bars

  1. Vicky February 27, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

    So quick to make and yummy! Do you wait for it to cool down before putting it in the fridge?

  2. marie February 28, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    Ok so this might be a silly question but what do you put with the honey to boil it? Water or just oil? And how much? And does it matter what kind of honey? I only have manuka honey… thanks

    • Amanda March 1, 2015 at 10:53 am #

      You don’t add anything to the honey. Just honey in a saucepan on the stove. Any honey will be fine.

  3. Karen March 17, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Hi, they sound delicious! Do you have the nutritional information please?

    • Amanda March 21, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Karen, no I don’t have the nutritional breakdown sorry

  4. Emma March 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    Would this work with something other than honey? Is Maple syrup too runny?

    • Amanda March 21, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

      I’d say it would be too runny. The honey helps the slice set.

    • Lisa May 11, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

      Rice malt syrup is a great alternative to honey

  5. nazish May 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    Hi, was wondering is there a substitute to sunflower seeds? i cant seem to find them 🙁

    • Amanda May 17, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

      Try pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

  6. Tami July 5, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi there, great recipe however you shouldn’t boil honey as it turns toxic when reaching high temperatures you can gently melt on a low heat though still getting same results without toxicity, stir continuously and don’t let bubble. Cheers, Tami

    • Carole July 31, 2015 at 11:35 am #

      I’ve been heating honey for years and never had any issue with it being boiled. My understanding is that while heat may break down the medicinal properties it doesn’t actually make it toxic.

    • Naomi July 31, 2015 at 1:33 pm #


  7. Tanya October 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    Hi, just wondering if these are freezable? Thank you

    • Amanda November 10, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

      I haven’t froze them before, but they last for weeks in the fridge.

      • Helen Penman June 10, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

        I don’t think there will be any left to worry about. Our whole batch disappeared before it had even cooled properly. It’s a big hit in our house.

  8. Christine Geery January 31, 2017 at 11:52 pm #

    Do you use unsweetened coconut? Thanks

    • Amanda February 6, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

      Hi Christine, I just buy the desiccated coconut from the supermarket.

  9. Holly February 28, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    Hi i was wondering can you use sunflower kernals?

    • Amanda March 3, 2017 at 10:54 am #

      yes you sure can.

  10. Laura March 22, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

    Just made these with rice malt syrup. I blended the sunflower seeds and sesame seeds very fine so it was a very smooth consistency. I also sprinkled shaved coconut and a light dusting of ginger on top before I put it in the fridge to set (I patted it down with baking paper so it nestled on the surface). I told the kids it was cookie dough and they thought it was delicious!!!

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