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oskri coconut bar with kb

When the number of new energy bars becomes too much to handle, it’s good to have friends who know your tastes. Fortunately, one of my best friends is just as dedicated to finding healthy energy bars as I am, and he tipped me off to something called the Oskri Coconut Bar.

They were on sale at this awesome store called Home Goods in State College, just down the road from Wegman’s and Trader Joe’s. I never knew much about the store, but I found out they are owned by TJX, which operates some of my favorite shops like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and even Sierra Trading Post (my favorite because of the 40% off coupon codes.)

At $3.99 for the 5-pack, you’re paying about 80 cents per bar (or roughly half of the $1.50 retail price.)

I absolutely love coconut, especially stuff like coconut macaroons! But those aren’t exactly a healthy choice when you buy them off the shelf.

Hopefully the Oskri bars are a little better…

Health and Nutrition

This is a bar of few ingredients.

“Ingredients: Coconut, Rice Syrup.”

That’s it. It’s coconut flakes held together with rice syrup, compacted tightly, and wrapped in foil.

oskri coconut bar label

At first glance you’d think the bar would be Paleo friendly… until you see the rice syrup, that is. And rice is a grain. And grains are no good if you’re following the Paleo diet. Luckily, I’m not Paleo! 😉

I do choose gluten-free options when possible, and this bar is gluten-free, like all Oskri products. Awesome!

Side note: Oskri also makes other types of bars and granola, so next time I’m craving gluten-free granola, I’m going to be looking to Oskri!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 279
Fat 19g
Sat Fat 14g
Total Carbs 26g
Fiber 4g
Sugars 9g
Protein 2g

The bar is definitely high fat and high calorie, but it’s not exactly low-carb. Actually it’s not even close! Despite a whopping 19 grams of fat, it still packs 26 grams of carbs.

So it’s not Paleo, and it wouldn’t make sense if you’re following the low-carb, high-fat Primal Blueprint diet.

What would you even compare this to?

My first thought was that this would be like a Hammer bar, since those are high in fat. But nowhere near as high in fat (only about 9g) as the Oskri bar which packs more than double the fat content of the Hammer bar!

Bonk Breaker has a Coconut Cashew flavor, which sounds like it would be nothing but fat, but even that bar only contains 11g fat.

The best comparison is probably to a coconut macaroon. This bar is basically a coconut macaroon with less sugar and no preservatives. If you look at one of the better macaroons, they only contain coconut, sugar, and egg whites.

unwrapping oskri coconut bar

Oskri Coconut Bar Taste Test

I love coconut stuff, and I love this bar!

The bar comes in two flavors – Original and Pineapple. I’m sure the pineapple is alright, but coconut is my true love, so I stuck with the original recipe.

Holy crap, it does look exactly like a coconut macaroon! Just in bar form! Are we sure this isn’t candy?! Because it sure looks and smells that way.

The taste is simply incredible. It’s just like a coconut macaroon but not as sweet.

Oh, it’s plenty sweet, but it’s not ridiculously overpowering to the point where it’s more sugar than actual coconut. (Kind of like how dried fruit is naturally sweet, it doesn’t need to be sugar coated.)

This is sooooo much better than cheap coconut macaroons, Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars, and Caveman Cookies.

It will fuel your workouts. And your day.

Fat and carbs are both sources of fuel, and this bar packs a lot of both, so it’s excellent workout fuel (in certain cases.)

If you have a long endurance ride or a hike, the Oskri coconut bar is an excellent choice.

Some people will function better with a lower-fat option when it comes to more intense workouts, though. Perhaps you’re racing. That’s a situation where I’d still opt for GU gel or Roctane gel.

I used these bars for pre-workout snacks and had excellent results. Whether I was weight lifting, swinging the kettlebell, or going running, I felt pretty good after eating one of these bars. The bar did a good job suppressing my hunger, too. (I was fueled so perfectly that I didn’t even think about being hungry or running out of energy.)

Other days I just used these as snacks between meals. In this case, not only are they filling, but the bars are easy to eat, and they’re not messy or sticky.

The only question I was left with was, “why don’t I just make these things myself?”

It appears to be nothing more than shredded coconut with a little rice syrup to hold it all together. If you can mix stuff up, put it in a pan, and cut it into rectangles, you could make these coconut bars yourself! (And you can cut the sugar content in half.)

homemade oskri coconut bars

I had to make my own coconut bars

It can’t be that difficult. Just some unsweetened shredded coconut held together with something sticky, right?

Naturally, I was able to find a few knockoff recipes online for “homemade Oskri coconut bars.” But they all included sweeteners like honey or agave nectar. Why use unsweetened coconut if you’re just going to put an extra sweetener in?

I’ll tell you why. Nutrition and baking are sometimes at odds. That’s why you have to accept that convenience foods aren’t always the most nutritious foods.

Syrup is not just a sweetener, it binds the ingredients together. Try as I might, I couldn’t bind the shredded coconut together with oil and water alone!

I started out using a recipe from Miss Chocolate Covered Katie and worked from there. After numerous variations, the final recipe I settled on is almost exactly what I started with! LOL!

What you need:

(I prefer Let’s Do Organic coconut flakes, but you can also use their shredded coconut. And my favorite coconut oil for this recipe is Nature’s Way since it has the most flavor.)

How to make them:

1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

I typically put the coconut in first, then slowly add the liquid ingredients, stirring frequently.

2. Mix by hand until you get the right consistency.

You can use a spoon, but using your hands melts the coconut oil into everything. (And it’s good for your skin!) Or use a food processor if you have one, which makes it much easier.

3. Spread the mix in a small container and put it in fridge for an hour (but preferably overnight.)

Spread the mix and press it down evenly. If you’re only doing one batch, the smaller the pan, the better. You can probably fit four batches in an 8×8″ pan.

You can fill out a bigger pan by making multiple batches consecutively. But it’s tough to mix one gigantic batch.

*You can line the container with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Alternatively, you could bake them at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes to give the bars that toasted coconut flavor if you prefer. But I like them ‘raw.’ And since there are no egg whites in there (as with coconut macaroons,) there’s no need to bake them.

Learn from my mistakes…

I attempted to replace the rice syrup with water, but man, just use the rice syrup! It’s way too bland without it. It’s not bad, but that little bit of rice syrup really makes it better! Also, rice syrup really holds things together!

Water doesn’t work all that well to bind the ingredients. And the bars get waterlogged. If you put a bar in your mouth and suck on it, it’s like a slice of watermelon. It’s like taking a bite of Oskri bar and a big gulp of water at the same time. In other words, less than ideal. 🙁

Honey is too sweet and adds too much extra flavor. Agave syrup is junk. Brown rice syrup is cheap and works perfectly. It can be tough to find locally though, and it’s not consistently available on Amazon.com.

Fortunately, Lucky Vitamin has it. They have the Lundberg Sweet Dreams variety for only $4.52 and the Now Foods brand for $5.08. It’s way cheaper than maple syrup and honey!

My other idea was to add 1 scoop of vanilla milk protein powder. (Unfortunately I had run out of my coconut protein powder!) I added extra water to the mix to get the right consistency and bind everything, and the protein created sort of a paste that worked fairly well to bind everything.

Unfortunately, that ended up being more of a typical protein bar texture and took away the novelty of having something so similar to a coconut macaroon!

I’d just skip the protein powder altogether and get your protein elsewhere. If you want to add protein powder, only add 1 scoop per 2-4 cups of coconut.

Speaking of which, shredded coconut is easier to find, but flaked coconut is better than shredded! Especially for this recipe.

I used the easy-to-find Bob’s Red Mill shredded coconut for my testing, but once I had the recipe sorted out, I got some of the good stuff!

Here’s what’s available on Amazon.com:

So, you have my good recipe. Now just get some good coconut and good rice syrup and you’re in business! The bars only take a few minutes to prepare.

oskri coconut bar

My final verdict is…

I found these bars to be incredibly delicious! If you like coconut, and especially if you find the bars on sale, I highly recommend them as a snack! Even better, get the ingredients and make your own!

Official website: www.Oskri.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com

Product Review Details
Company: Oskri
Product: Oskri Coconut Bar Original
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2015-02-25
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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  1. Great review! Couldn’t agree more and love that you included the recipes. I might take a jab at making some of my own! 🙂

  2. @Corey

    It’s a messy project if you’re not using a food processor, but the end result is delicious! Don’t mind getting your hands dirty? Then go for it!

  3. What if you used something normal like corn syrup in the ingredients?

  4. @Shelly

    I’ve done that. It works fine. Nothing to worry about.

    Just stick with Karo corn syrup, rather than some inferior brand that’s probably using high fructose corn syrup instead of the more natural stuff that’s simply refined from corn. Nutritionally speaking, rice syrup and corn syrup are both glucose.

  5. Hi,

    I am lucky enough to have maple syrup readily available to me (my family bottles our own) would I use the same amount as rice syrup? I really like Oskri bars but they are not always available in my area. Thank you!

    • @Melissa

      That is lucky! 🙂

      I think the syrups are roughly the same consistency/viscosity so you can probably use the same amount. Don’t be afraid to experiment though! And let me know how the maple coconut flavor tastes!

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