Coconut & Avocado Grasshopper Bars

These Coconut & Avocado Grasshopper Bars are allergy-friendly and full of healthy, real-food deliciousness. And they’re completely devoid of grasshoppers… 

These Coconut & Avocado Grasshopper Bars are allergy-friendly and full of healthy, real-food deliciousness. And they're completely devoid of grasshoppers... | RaiasRecipes.comThe first time I had a ‘grasshopper’ anything, I was 9 years old.

Grasshopper pie was announced as the evening’s dessert at the summer camp my little brother and I were attending, and I was intrigued and excited. Mind you, if my mom had said, “We’re having grasshopper pie for dessert,” I would have freaked out. She was notorious throughout my neighborhood as the lady who served real food – such as mac ‘n cheese with actual cheese in it, or pizza that didn’t come out of a box – there might actually have been some grasshopper in her pie! Thankfully I had no doubt that my camp counselor was going to let me eat a treat full of all the wonderfully forbidden food my mother had sheltered me from all my life.

These Coconut & Avocado Grasshopper Bars are allergy-friendly and full of healthy, real-food deliciousness. And they're completely devoid of grasshoppers... | RaiasRecipes.comLast summer, when I fell in love with hiding avocados in my smoothies, I knew pretty much right away that I was going to have to come up with a ‘grasshopper something’ to sneak it into.
 

And here it is, in all its healthy, real food glory….

A smooth, homemade chocolate layer covering a chewy mint bottom. The latter being the perfect conduit for concealing a healthy avocado, thus providing extra nutrition (omega-6 and potassium) and negating the need for green food coloring. 😉 

These Coconut & Avocado Grasshopper Bars are allergy-friendly and full of healthy, real-food deliciousness. And they're completely devoid of grasshoppers... | RaiasRecipes.com

Post photos updated 7/20/16

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Coconut & Avocado Grasshopper Bars
Free of grain, gluten, eggs, dairy & refined sugar.
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Mint Layer Ingredients
  1. 1 Hass avocado
  2. 1/4 c. honey
  3. 6 T. coconut oil, melted
  4. 1 1/2 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
  5. 3/8 t. mint extract, or a drop or two of food-grade peppermint essential oil
  6. dash of salt
Chocolate Layer Ingredients
  1. 1/4 c. coconut oil
  2. 2 T. honey
  3. 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  4. 1/4 t. vanilla extract (I like to make my own)
  5. dash of salt
Mint Layer Instructions
  1. Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with foil. Place all ingredients in high powered blender (such as a Blendtec or Vitamix) or a food processor. Blend until smooth. (You can puree it if you want, but I like mine to have little flecks of coconut still.) Smooth mixture into prepared dish and stick in the freezer.
Chocolate Layer Instructions
  1. In small saucepan, melt coconut oil and honey over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Pour over chilled bottom layer and return to the freezer for about 15 minutes, or until the chocolate layer is hardened. Remove from foil and cut into bars. Store covered in the freezer.
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285 thoughts on “Coconut & Avocado Grasshopper Bars

  1. Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!
    Cathy
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  2. These sound great Raia. A sweet indulgence you can feel good about. And they're green for St. Patrick's Day 🙂 Thanks for sharing on Great Idea Thursdays 45 this is being featured.

  3. I hope you like them Carie! I'm sure they would taste great without peppermint, although then they wouldn't be Grasshoppers…. 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I am super excited to try this! We recently found out my daughter is allergic to artificial food coloring and she was just commenting that we wouldn't be able to have grasshopper pie for St. Patty's day (kinda the only time I make it!) because of green coloring. I told her I could still do it, but not green. I am so excited to try these and have them be green for her!

  5. Great recipe. I am saving this one for sure and trying it. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Friday Blog Hop. Hope you continue to share with us. I am sharing this on Pinterest, google & twitter.

  6. I'm so making these this week. I love anything coconut and mint chocolate. Thanks for linking these up to the Let's Get Real Friday link party. I'm pinning these so the kids and I can make them. I was looking at kale for another recipe to use as food coloring. I didn't think of using avocado. Thanks for sharing this. Please join us again and bring other great recipes Raia.

  7. This look so yummy. I love avocado and all of the goodness in this recipe is making me want to make it stat! Just pinned it so I can. Thanks for sharing it on the Happiness Is Homemade link-up for this week!

  8. These do look amazing and I love avocado . I'm pinning them . I love the idea of using peppermint essential oil to make these. Thanks for sharing!

    Kim from This Ole Mom

  9. I've heard about sneaking avocados into things like this before but have yet to give it a try! I love the natural green color. I'm definitely intrigued. Though I'm not a fan of coconut at all…. Thanks so much for sharing this at Saturday Dishes. Pinned.

  10. What a shame that you don't like coconut! You could try it with oats, though I can't guarantee it will taste as good. 😉 Thanks for stopping by and pinning it!

  11. These look AWESOME and I can't wait to try them. I found them on Pinterest. I am going to start following your blog! I do have a question though. Since the avocados available to me have varied widely in size, about how much would you say 1 cup? 3/4 cup? of avocado?
    Thanks so much!

  12. Thanks for stopping by Katie! I'm so glad you found my blog. 🙂 I would say the amount of avocado would be closer to 3/4 cup; my avocados are on the small side. Great question! 🙂

  13. Mmmmm I stopped in after having seen the recipe on Mama Natural via Facebook. My mother does not like peppermint. The recipe itself is still genius and I want to make them but I was wondering if any other flavors would mix in well. Do you have any recommendations?
    I personally love peppermint and love even more sneaking avocado into things. Last year for fudge I replaced butter with avocado!

  14. Avocados in fudge is genius! 🙂 If you like the flavor of avocado, you can totally just leave out the peppermint. It will just taste like coconut and avocado. One of my readers did that and liked it. 🙂 Thanks for coming by Valerie!

  15. Hi Raia, stopped by to tell u that i made this today n its a hit in my family :):) I added pineapple essence instead of peppermint extract , n I named it pina colada avocado bars 😉

  16. Oh my goodness, Aishwarya! That sounds amazing! What a great idea. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and telling me – I'm so glad you made them. 🙂

  17. I was thinking about making a double batch instead of single, do you a 9X13 dish would work ok or do you recommend splitting it into 2 dishes! I have an 8X8 dish instead of 9X9, would that work also?

  18. Hi Angela! I think that either way would work fine. 🙂 I would probably use a 9×13 dish, just because I hate washing dishes. 😉 I hope you like them! 🙂

  19. Hi Raia,
    This is such a fitting–and health–treat for St. Patrick's Day–and any day! I can't wait to try this and other yummy recipes on your blog.

    Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

  20. just had these as an after dinner treat with our corned beef! we loved them. my son is allergic to milk and i am always looking for healthy treats for him. he loved it! we did too! thanks!

  21. Made these today… They were delicious! To me, they taste like those Andes mint chocolates, but better. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  22. Thank you. 🙂 I haven't personally tried another flavor, but one reader said she used pineapple essential oil for a more pina colada flavor, and another said they just made it without the flavoring altogether. Both still enjoyed the bars. 🙂

  23. I'm so glad you enjoyed them, Georgina! Thank you for stopping by and letting me know. Encouraging feedback is always appreciated! 🙂

  24. I have an slightly altered version to use papaya as the bottom layer, will tweak it a bit more to add a little more honey and a little less coconut oil but it's still very nice! A fun treat for the summer heat! I'll post it to JisforJudy.com soon! 🙂

  25. This looks so yummy! Is the honey needed as a binding agent in addition to a sweetener? I want to make it with a stevia sweetener. Would that work?

  26. Nope, the honey is not needed for binding, the blending and freezing makes it stick together just fine. I'm sure it would work with stevia! Hope you like it! 🙂

  27. These were so good! Even my husband enjoyed them and ate the rest of the batch (typically he is candid when I fail at “healthified” treats!). I modified the topping to use chocolate protein powder on top and it still tasted great! thanks for the recipe!

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  29. These are in the freezer right now, but after licking the spoon and spatula I can tell they are going to be great. This is the first time in a long time I have seen a treat and decided to make it right away. I found this recipe over at Real Food Wednesday and am glad I did. Thank you!

  30. The mixture out of the blender at room temperature was pretty questionable! But after freezing with the chocolate layer they turned out quite tasty, so thanks for the recipe.
    Also… there was definitely not enough to come out as thick as pictured, using a 9×9 pan. I spread it into just over half of an 8×8 pan and they were under 1″ high.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Charlie! I’m glad they turned out well for you. 😉 As for the hight issue, I would guess it just has to do with the difference in the size of avocados we used. Mine weren’t over an inch high either, though. The picture is just really close up to accentuate the yummy texture. 🙂

  31. Obsessed!

    Just made these last night and they turned out super well.

    This will definitely satisfy my sweet tooth while helping me stick to my GF/ Dairy Free diet.

    Question regarding calories though…any idea on the count?

    1. I’m SO glad you like them, Jo! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂 I have no idea on the calories, sorry! There are probably free sites you could plug the ingredient list into that would give you an idea. 🙂

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    1. Well, I suppose it depends on where you live. Or how warm you keep your house. 😉 I live in the south, so they soften within an hour, but that doesn’t keep anyone from eating them! They usually don’t last that long anyway, but if they do, just pop them back in the freezer/fridge to harden up again for a few minutes. 🙂

  33. I made these last night and they were so delicious. I shared your page with a friend. Very creative ideas and I am excited to try the chocolate sweet potato pudding as well.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing my site, Deanna! I’m so glad you enjoyed the grasshopper bars – I hope you enjoy the chocolate pudding, too. 🙂

  34. So since hubby is trying to eat better and he loves sweets, I have been trying to find some healthier options for him. A friend shared this on FB and since I had all the ingredients I decided to give them a try. I don’t have a Blend Tech so just mixed up the avocado mix in my wimpy 14 year old blender. Worked fine. I tasted the mix before I chilled it and I was a little concerned. It was so very coconut flavored. I pressed on however. I am determined to find healthier sweets. Anyway, while the avo mix was chilling, I made up the chocolate topping. I’m so glad I have a healthier way of making chocolate!!! It was super easy too. Once it was all ready and had been chilling enough, I took it out of the fridge, possibly said a prayer and took a bite. Hey, that stuff is pretty good! Not like the normal surgar-laden body killing stuff, but tasty. I let the kiddos taste as well. We have five. We got four thumbs up. I say that’s a win!! The coconut flavor was still sort of strong but I may play with the measurements a bit. You think that will mess it up? I’m not sure if my hubs will go for these or not and I will have to wait until he gets back from his missions trip next week to try it out again but this is certainly something I can get use to making! It was super easy too! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. Hey Krissy! I don’t see why you couldn’t play around with the measurements and adjust them to your hubby’s liking. 🙂 We all love coconut, so the flavor doesn’t bother us. 🙂 Please feel free to let me know if you have any other questions!

    1. Sorry Jessica! I don’t ever count carbs, but I’m sure there’s a free online carb counter somewhere you could use! I hope you like the bars if you get a chance to make them!

  35. These look great but I would use EXTREME caution recommending preparing these with essential oil of any flavor, brand, or variety. It is not safe nor healthy to ingest essential oils, especially in a dietary capacity.

  36. These turned out great! Thank you so much for the recipe! I used way more mint but I think my blend must be dilute because they are still a little less than minty – cool and refeshing though! They remind me of the chocolate mint ice cream bars I used to eat when I was a kid.
    Thanks again!

    1. Just until it’s hardened, so that the chocolate doesn’t melt it. Should only take about 15-20 minutes. 🙂 I hope you enjoy them!

  37. I made these for a dinner last night with a few friends who have varying allergies/intolerances. They were a big hit!
    Thanks so much!

  38. Just whipped these up! They are great! I love how rich they are so you can only have a little square! My 2 year old loves em, they keep in the freezer so yay! Thank youuuu

  39. I have only read through some of the recipes but they sound different and healthy.
    I will post after I make the grasshopper bars ! s/b soon ! Thanks

  40. I just made these and they are delicious! I had a VERY tough time blending the avocado mixture so I ended up adding about a cup of water. I don’t have a nice blender. I added a bit more coconut, honey and mint extract cause I was concerned about it being watered down. Turned out great! Thank you for the recipe. I’ll definitely make it again! Hopefully I’ll have a better blender by then 🙂

  41. delcious! I got much less of a green layer than the picture in this recipe, but made up for it with an extra layer of chocolate. I also used fresh mint leaves – yum! I didn’t anticipate it would take so long to freeze but well worth the wait!

  42. Hi Raia,
    I hope its okay Raia that I am going to put a link to this recipe for the article I wrote that I am posting tomorrow (Wednesday) “5 Ways to Have an Eco Friendly Healthy & Festive Easter” I have always loved this recipe and I wanted to share it as a healthy alternative to bought chemically laden candy. Marla

  43. I have a little grandson that is allergic to all kinds of nuts and dairy. My daughter in law has learned to use coconut milk in everything and she is a wonderful cook, wife, and mother. She will so appreciate your recipes and I can’t wait to share them with her. Thank You.

  44. Hi! These look fabulous! I was just curious if you thought I could exchange maple syrup for the honey since I am severely allergic to honey?

  45. I’ve made this three times already. It is so good! I love avocado, coconut and of course chocolate so this dessert is perfection! Not to mention for a dessert this is pretty darn good for you (full of healthy fats). Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

  46. Loved these and will make again! Based on comments, I tasted as I made and I too added extra mint extract. As for the chocolate topping, I melted with the coconut oil about 1/3 cup GF mini dark chocolate chips before adding the cocoa powder. I was pleasantly surprised out how they turned out. They were a big hit!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Debra! 🙂 Thanks for letting me know. I’m sure extra mint and chocolate chips were a good addition. 😉

  47. I am doing a #30veganrecipes challenge in order to open myself up to new ingredients and cooking techniques. These came out great! I swapped out the honey for brown rice syrup, and added some chia seeds to the coconut mixture. In the middle of making these, I also realized I didn’t have the peppermint oil on hand that I thought I did, so I infused the brown rice syrup with mint straight from my garden for about 10 minutes on a very low heat. GREAT RECIPE! Super simple and delicious! Thanks! 🙂

    1. So glad you enjoyed them, Stephanie! Thanks for letting me know! Glad they turned out well with all your subs, too. 😉

  48. Hi , I’m making these for a potluck, will the avocado turn brown at all after you have made the bars ? Thank you !!

    1. Well, I’ve never had them last long enough to find out. I would guess they should be ok if you just leave them in the freezer until the potluck starts – if that’s an option.

  49. I made these yesterday and I have to say I was skeptical. OMG! I tried them tonight: they are insane they are sooooo good!!!$

  50. I just made these. I substituted a little stevia (both liquid vanilla creme stevia, and powder stevia) for most of the honey in both the mint layer and the chocolate layer. I thought they turned out great! (Though my boyfriend says he can taste the stevia– I’m sure he’d much prefer your original all-honey version.) Thanks for sharing this creative recipe!

    1. Glad you liked them, Gina! I’ve never tried them with stevia, I’m glad they came out well for you. 🙂 Thanks so much for letting me know!

  51. How does the coconut and avocado produce what looks like a half inch of cookie base? How big is a Hass avocado? Really big?

    1. The base isn’t 1 1/2 inches thick, it’s more like 1/2 to 1 inch, I zoomed in to take the photos so the texture could be seen. If you want it to be thicker, just put it in a smaller dish, like a loaf pan, to freeze. Hass avocados are the ones usually sold in the grocery stores, about the size of a medium-sized potato. Larger avocados are called Florida avocados, but their taste is different, as well. 🙂

  52. Thank you for sharing this. I can’t wait to try it. I recently (a month now) broke out in hives and can’t get rid of them even taking mega doses of antihistamines. I’m allergic to eggs, peanuts, and can’t tolerate dairy either. My doctor thinks I might have a new allergy that we don’t know about yet. I had another allergic reaction to a jar of local honey I bought last week so I’m afraid to use it again. Is there another sweetener I could use other than honey? I can’t wait to see what other recipes you have!
    PS I love Jesus too!!

    1. I’m so glad to hear you love Jesus, Reine! 😉 I understand how hard it is to figure out all your allergies – I hope you get to the bottom (or on top?) of them all soon.

      As far as the sweetener goes, you can use maple syrup instead, or agave (though I personally try and stay away from that one), or you could try liquid stevia and just add in a little more coconut oil to replace the liquid in the honey.

      Hope that they work out for you! Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

    1. Hey Sandra! Hass avocado is the type of avocado I used for the recipe. They’re the most common avocados found in the States, but if you can’t find them over in Germany I’m sure you could just use any avocado you have. Just use about 3/4 cup of mashed avocado for the recipe. Hope you enjoy them! 🙂

    1. I don’t ever figure out nutritional values for my recipes. 🙂 But I’m sure there are free online calculators you can use if you want to figure it out!

    1. Hmm… I’ve not tried coconut cream instead. I suppose the only thing that it would change is the texture, but I don’t imagine it would be a bad thing. 🙂 I’d say give it a go! And let me know how it turns out! 🙂

  53. I made these and my mom and I both adore them! And so did my neighbors. Soooo good. The perfect amount of yumminess without the guilt. Will be making these often for sure!

  54. DELICIOUS!!! I just made these grasshopper bars. After reading several comments, I made a couple of changes. I used a half teaspoon of peppermint extract and added a tablespoon of almond butter to the chocolate topping to give it a smoother taste, not so dark chocolate sharp. I love dark chocolate, but the original recipe just needed a little something.
    The picture given in the recipe is misleading. The color is avocado green not mint green. The filling is very thin. There is no rise at all, and in order to get that thick a filling, I would have had to double or triple the filling recipe. I used an 8.5×8.5 inch pan. After making the topping, I poured it over the chilled filling and leveled it out. I was really unsure about this whole thing and was prepared to throw the whole thing out, something that really goes against my nature, but I was happily surprised! The total result was great. I am on a paleo diet about 95% and have had no sugar or wheat for months. I was delighted to have something that will give me a flavorful sweet without triggering cravings and my sugar addiction.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Cynthia, and that they worked out with your substitutions! 🙂 Thank you so much for letting me know.

  55. This did not work in a belfry of any kind that I tried. The food processor was much better! The taste is really good

    1. Hmm… I’m not exactly sure what you mean by a belfry, but I’m glad you got them to work in a food processor. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed them, Cindy!

    1. I don’t make chocolate milk, CD. But if I did, I would definitely used unsweetened cocoa powder and add in honey or stevia. I actually didn’t know there was such a thing as sweetened cocoa powder. 😉

  56. Made these for St. Patrick’s Day today! I think my fond affection for chocolate chip mint ice cream has just been replaced! Yes!

    1. Due to the coconut, it’s definitely not as smooth as fudge, though I’m sure you could get it that way if you blended it long enough. 🙂

  57. I can actually eat an avocado grasshopper bar without getting any adverse reaction. They are the best bars I have ever eaten, I am not allowed to have any refined sugar or sweetener of any kind, but the honey does not bother me in these. I had these at Easter, what a treat for me. Anyone that eats these, will not believe their taste buds, you are going to luv them. thanks for the recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. So glad you enjoyed them, Betsy! I understand how difficult it can be to find a treat you can actually eat, so I’m blessed to have been able to provide that! 🙂 Thank you so much for letting me know.

    1. Sorry, Cyndie! I don’t count carbs or worry about nutrition facts. 🙂 I’m sure there’s something online you can plug the ingredient list into if you want to figure it out.

  58. These look super yummy, thank you 🙂 Any chance of staring roughly how many pieces you end up with? Just trying to work out the approx sugar content. I want to try them anyway so I could figure it out myself if not. Thanks 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jo! How many pieces you end up with totally depends on how large you cut your bars. 😉 I usually cut around 20-25 pieces. Hope you enjoy them!

      1. Sure yes of course, I just wondered very roughly as in the picture. That sounds great as I was a bit concerned if it was more like 6 then the sugar content per slice would be high for my 7 year old! Looking forward to trying them. If you fancied a quick look at my website I do similar kind of stuff 🙂 Take care
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  59. I made these yummy bars today! I came across your recipe on Pinterest while looking for a sweet treat using avocado. Another bonus was finding that these bars use unsweetened shredded coconut which for some reason I have an abundance of it in my freezer right now. Definitely will be making these again!

    1. Hey Susan! I don’t count calories in anything, so I don’t have that information. I’m sure there’s a free online calculator you could plug the ingredients into, if you’d like. 🙂

  60. I love these and have made them many times. My daughter doesn’t like coconut so more for me.

    I also created a smoothie based on this.

    In a blender I put one avocado, 2 cups coconut water, 3 big dollops of plain Greek yoghurt, one cup shredded coconut, a handful of cacao nibs and a couple drops of peppermint extract. Blend together for about a min. Serves two snacks or as one meal.

    Its like I’m drinking a grasshopper bar, yummy!!

    I do have a pic of it but there’s no option to attach one. 😞

    You should all try it. Xx