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Pink Coconut Kiss Candy Bars

What color do you see in this photo?

NO BAKE COCONUT KISS CANDY BARS - 5 ingredients / sugar-free / soy-free / dairy-free / gluten-free! Full recipe:

If you said that you think these bars are pink, you would be wrong.

The actual color of these bars is…

coconut dough

Well… no, never mind.

They actually are pink. It’s not a trick.

Then again, you might not want to take my word for it. I saw the dress (or The dress) as gold and white, which apparently is wrong. This worries me, considering I work with color for a living. All of these recipe pictures I’ve been spending hours and hours editing in Photoshop to achieve the perfect white balance, brightness, contrast, hue, saturation… what color is everyone else seeing when I post them?!?


It makes one question everything.

Except, thankfully, taste. Everyone who tried these homemade coconut candy bars agreed they are fantastic: a simple 6-ingredient recipe inspired by the popular No-Bake Coconut Crack Bars.

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Pink Coconut Kiss Bars

  • 1 cup full-fat shredded unsweetened coconut (80g)
  • 1 loosely packed cup sliced strawberries (120g)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp virgin coconut oil (16g)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or a Vitamix. (If using a Vitamix, be sure to use the tamper. I’m not sure if a blender will work.) Process very well, until completely smooth. Line an 8×5 loaf pan or small container with parchment or wax, spread the mixture in evenly, press in chips if desired, and freeze 1 hour or until firm. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for a few days, or freeze for up to a month, thawing before eating.

View Coconut Kiss Bars Nutrition Facts


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This beautiful photo from Lauren @fromtreetosea on ig is of one of the reader favorites from the cookbook, the Chocolate Pixie Cookies (page 25).

If you’ve made a recipe from the book or the blog and want to share a photo, please feel free to send one on facebook or instagram (@chocolatecoveredkatie), and I’ll feature some of your pictures on the blog in the next few weeks. ♥

P.S. Team white & gold.

Published on March 1, 2015

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  1. Karen says

    Don’t worry these are definitely pink! And pink happens to be one of my favorite colors, so that is a good thing! I also love strawberries and chocolate chips and sometimes I like coconut, so it might be fun to make these.

  2. Allison says

    Your post completely cracked me up! I too saw gold and white. In fact, I think I know more people who saw gold than black, so at least that is some comfort.

    I love LOVE the original coconut crack bars, so I will have to try these! And I can attest for the pixie cookies being delicious. They were one of the first recipes I made from the book!

  3. Jules @ WolfItDown says

    Hah, I preferred the photo Ian MacKellan posted of himself in a dress asking people what colour they saw 😛
    But yes! These bars are pink and they look and sound fantastic! Coconut and Strawberry? Si por favor 😀 x

  4. Amanda says

    I was team gold before, but now I am team pink. And team pixie cookie! I’ve been eyeing that recipe in your book since I bought it 🙂

  5. Kathryn says

    I see it as gold and white too, it confused me so much when everyone was discussing it, it’s so weird. Anyway, these look so good, a lovely little treat and your photos always look great – but as you said it’s whether the food tastes good (which is does) : )


  6. Asia says

    Hi Katie! Thanks so much for posting this. I am now restricted to a no carb no sugar diet due to a systemic candida infection and so I knew the first place to come for things I could eat would be here. One thing I am supposed to eat a lot of is coconut because it is antifungal. So the first thing I did was buy a 54oz tub of coconut oil, 1lb of coconut flour and 24oz of coconut flakes plus (because I can’t live without it) some 85% dark chocolate bars which have almost no sugar. Then I checked your website and book for recipes featuring these ingredients. Your coconut flour brownies from your book have allowed me to eat dessert where it previously seemed impossible (i used all stevia to make them sugar free and they came out great), and I add coconut butter or Almond butter as a frosting. Now this recipe gives me another choice and when other people are eating junk around me, I don’t feel like I’m missing a thing! Thank you.

    • Asia says

      Also, I wanted to mention I did make these in a very good food processor, but adding some liquid may have helped it achieve a smoother texture. It’s hard to tell the texture that yours were, but mine were grainy as one would expect shredded coconut to be. Yours look more smooth and whipped. No matter, still awesome.

      • Sarah says

        Just try processing longer. Basically if you process shredded coconut long enough it becomes coconut butter, which is essentially I think what’s happening here. I processed mine awhile, and they were very smooth.

  7. Ashley says


    I saw the dress as white and gold too, and my two roommates– my boyfriend and my sister– both saw the dress as blue and black. It’s seriously made me question what colors I see too!

  8. Mandie | Mandie's Kitchen says

    I saw the dress as gold & white too =D. And these bars are pink for me! They sounds so incredibly healthy and good! Can’t wait to try them sometime! Pinned!

  9. emma says

    Pink all the way, Katie! (Though I did see that dress… unfortunately. How are people so hung up on it?! We should be focusing on Pink Coconut Kiss Candy Bars instead!).

    Sounds fantastic- may try to swap out the strawberries for blueberries, as I got some weird allergen testing done and apparently strawberries are a no go. The news gets worse- bananas are out, too!

    Hope you are having an awesome Sunday =) xo thank you for the recipe

  10. Amy says

    You might be a homeschooler if you saw this & weren’t one bit interested in the color but, instead thought, ‘Yay…fun, yummy, AND healthy math manipulatives!’. 😉

  11. Faith says

    These sound amazing! I am obsessed with coconut and am always looking for healthier sweets; I will definitely have to give these a try soon!

  12. Mia (Mia in Germany) says

    How funny. As a kid, I made earrings from little glass pearls, and one time I thought I’d made light yellow ones, but in the daylight they turned out pink. Thanks for waking that funny memory LOL I love coconut, so I have to try these. What a cute simple idea!

  13. Wendy says

    I saw Blue & black on the dress.

    The bars have a purplish tint – I would call it a light purple with a pink hue. 🙂 In the blender photo looks very pink -but the bars appear a light purple as bars. Like a raspberry diluted color. 🙂 They are beautiful – and I am new to your site and I loved the fudgy coconut flour brownies. I have dairy and egg allergies and trying to bake low carb has been a challenge – your recipes fit the bill!! Anxious to try them – they sound yummy!!! 🙂

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      Thank you so much for making the brownies! I think the cut bars are more true to color… the Vitamix cast a blueish shadow on the mixture in the blender. Or maybe it’s a green shadow? I am all sorts of confused…

  14. rima says

    These look great, cannot wait to try. About that ugly, ugly dress, how do we know what color it is until we see it in person? How do we know about the lighting or camera filter, or the photographer’s color process/photoshop? Above all, who cares? It’s an ugly dress designed by no one we know, and worn by no one we know, why are we wasting time on this when it could be spent eating goodies?

  15. Lisa B says

    I can’t believe the craziness over ‘the dress’. These are bars are definitely pink & look delicious! Im a huge fan of strawberries & coconut tigether


  16. Cecilia says

    Pink. Definitely. And the dress was blue and black! I thought the people who saw gold and white were NUTS!!! 😉

  17. Becky says

    So, I am a coconut novice. I LOVE using it in my baking, but only had the cheapo standard sweetened coconut on hand. I processed all the ingredients in this recipe for close to 10 minutes and it was still very gritty–though absolutely scrumptious!!!—Is this due to the fact that it was the sweetened coconut? Help?!?!
    Signed, A Coconut Lover, seeking guidance.

  18. Yuki says

    I saw gold and white too! Glad that one of my favorite dessert bloggers is in the same team as well 😀 these coconut bars look so yummy! Will definitely try them when I get some coconut

  19. JustPoppin Buck says

    These are definitely pink 🙂 but the chips look purple on 2 different monitors!

    Would you use the same measure of frozen strawberries as you would if they were fresh (assuming that the recipe as written is calling for 1 loosely packed cup sliced FRESH strawberries (120g))? Thanks!

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