Black Forest Coconut Bites (Vegan No-Bake)

These Black Forest Coconut Bites have dark chocolate, cherries and coconut in every bite and are inspired by the classic Bounty bar. They are high in protein and contain naturally vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free ingredients, without any baking.

If you love all things coconut and black forest, then you are going to love these no-bake, coconutty bites. They are packed with wholesome ingredients, yet taste like such an indulgent little dessert, dipped in dark chocolate and topped with more coconut and cherries. These are simple to make in just a few steps and are great to make ahead of time for meal-prep snacks or as petit-four style desserts after dinner.

A stack of three Black Forest Coconut Bites
Black Forest Bounty Bites

Why will I love these?

These bites are amazing:

  • Coconutty, chocolatey and fruity
  • Melt-in-your-mouth delicious
  • Indulgent, rich and delicious
  • A combination between bounty bars and black forest gateau
  • Made with real, whole-food ingredients
  • Naturally vegan, gluten-free, egg-free and nut-free
  • High in protein, healthy fats and fibre
  • Easy to make
  • Requires no baking or fancy equipment
  • Great for all ages
  • Ready in as little as 20 minutes prep time
  • They last a while in the fridge
  • Great for snacks or as little desserts
  • Ideal as meal-prep recipes
  • Made with real cherries
  • Much lower in sugar and added ingredients than shop-bought chocolate bars

If you already love the sound of these snacks, then skip ahead to the recipe card below. Or, first let’s discuss the recipe more detail.

What ingredients do I need?

The ingredients are listed with weights in the recipe card and you can see my favourites in the “shop the recipe” section.

For the cherry compote:

  • Frozen (or fresh) cherries: you can use either fresh or frozen, depending on the season. Allow the excess liquid to simmer off to make a sticky compote.
  • Maple syrup: this makes the cherry compote really sticky.

As for the bites:

  • Desiccated coconut: this is the key ingredients for any coconut-bounty-bars.
  • Maple syrup: as above, this is great for sweetness and texture. You can use agave syrup, too.
  • Coconut cream: this is the solid cream part of a tin of full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight.
  • Coconut oil: to allow the bars to set firm enough to slice and hold shape but soft enough to bite.
  • Chocolate peanut protein powder: I use the Form chocolate peanut protein powder which is amazing here, as is their chocolate hazelnut protein but you can use other flavours, too.
  • Cacao powder: to make these bites really chocolatey.

And for the chocolate coating:

  • Dark chocolate: you can use any dairy-free chocolate for the coating.
  • Coconut oil: adding some coconut oil to melting chocolate allows it to set more quickly and also more “softly” so it’s less likely to crack.
  • Cherries and coconut: for decoration on top.

Are these gluten-free and nut-free?

These are naturally gluten-free and nut-free, just check that your chocolate does not contain nuts.

How do I make them?

These bars are easy to make in a few steps:

  • Simmer the cherries and syrup: for the compote, until really sticky then allow to cool.
  • Blend all of the coconutty ingredients with the cherry compote: to form a sticky mix.
  • Press into a lined loaf tin: and allow set until firm.
  • Melt the chocolate and coconut oil: until glossy.
  • Slice the coconut bars into bites and dip in the chocolate: allowing the excess to drip off.
  • Decorate with cherries and more coconut: and enjoy.

How long will they last?

These bites will keep for 1 week in a sealed container in the fridge, or in the freezer for 1 month, and allow to defrost before eating.

Two Black Forest Coconut Bites
Black Forest Bounty Bites

What else can I make?

For other no-bake ideas, how about:

A few Black Forest Coconut Bites

Black Forest Coconut Bites (Vegan No-Bake)

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These Black Forest Coconut Bites have dark chocolate, cherries and coconut in every bite and are inspired by the classic Bounty bar. They are high in protein and contain naturally vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free ingredients, without any baking.


For the Cherries:

  • 200g frozen (or fresh) cherries
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

For the Bites:

  • 125g desiccated coconut
  • 3 tbsp (45ml) maple syrup
  • 80g coconut cream*
  • 60g coconut oil, melted or softened
  • 30g Form Performance Chocolate Peanut Protein
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder

For the Chocolate Coating:

  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped small
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 10 cherries
  • Desiccated coconut


  1. Prepare the cherries: add the cherries and syrup to a saucepan and bring to a bubble. Cook for 10 minutes, bubbling away until reduced and sticky. Stir often so they do not burn. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  2. Line a 9x5-inch loaf tin with parchment paper.
  3. For the bites: add the cherries and all of the other ingredients to a food processor and blend until sticky and the cherries have been fully incorporated.
  4. Press the mix into the tin and press down firmly.
  5. Chill the tin in the fridge for 2-4 hours, or overnight.
  6. For the chocolate: melt the chocolate and coconut oil together until glossy.
  7. To prepare the bites: remove the coconut bites from the tin and use a sharp knife to slice into 10 bites.
  8. Dip each one into the chocolate allow the excess to drip off and place on a parchment lined tray. Decorate with cherries and coconut, while the chocolate is wet.
  9. Allow the bites to set for 10 minutes and enjoy.
  10. Keep the coconut bites in the fridge in a sealed container for 1 week or the freezer for 1 month and allow to thaw slightly before eating.


*for the coconut cream: chill a tin of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight and then scoop off the solid cream part.

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Stay in touch

I look forward to hearing what you think of these Black Forest Coconut Bites so please let me know in the comments below and leave a star review above. If you do make these, I’d love to see so please tag me, I’m @nourishing.amy on Instagram and use the hashtag #nourishingamy. I’m also on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest  – please say hello!

With coconutty love x

p.s. this recipe was first made with Form Nutrition but all opinions are my own, and this blog post is not sponsored.

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