German Chocolate Cake Bars (Paleo)

I recently asked my friends over on Instagram what they'd like to see here on the blog in the near future, and I got a couple of requests for Paleo-friendly holiday treats that could be packaged up for loved ones.  Since anything "German chocolate" is a favorite around here, I decided to come up with a bar version that could easily be sliced, plated, and given away.

These indulgent bars taste much like a traditional "7-layer bar" or something along those lines... chocolatey, coconutty, moist, and chewy; with all sorts of sweet & decadent flavors mixed in.  The best part, though, is that the work required to make them has got to be less than half!  

Simply mix up your crust, bake in the filling, and you're done!  Your soft & sweet German Chocolate Cake Bars are ready to be gifted, or just eaten  ;)

I hope you enjoy!
P.S.~  This recipe was very loosely based on one I found online from Paula Deen that is not at all Paleo...  Link here if you're interested!

For the Crust:

  • 1/4 cup each:  coconut flour, almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or grass-fed butter (melted)
  • 1 egg white (reserve the yolk!)

For the Filling:
  • 1/2 of a 13.5 oz can of coconut milk (I used "light")
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I use the "Enjoy Life" brand)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Grease a 8 x 8" glass baking dish with coconut oil or coconut oil spray.
  3. Combine the crust ingredients and spread into the glass dish, pressing the edges up on the sides of the dish so that it can hold the filling.  (Make sure you reserve your egg yolk for the filling!)
  4. Bake for 6 minutes, then remove from the oven.
  5. While the crust is baking, combine the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) for the filling in a large bowl.  Add the filling over your semi-baked crust, sprinkle with chocolate chips, and pop it back in the oven.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden brown & the filling is set.
  7. Allow to cool completely (I even transferred mine to the fridge for awhile) before slicing into squares.
*Makes 12-16 bars..... Double the recipe & bake in a 13 x 9" pan for a large batch!

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Anonymous said...

Tried these bars out with some friends and it was a huge hit. This recipe is just genius! :) Thanks!

Jessie B said...

Thanks so much! I'm so happy you guys liked them :D

Casey said...

Can u leave out or are they best refrigerated?

Jessie B said...

I would keep them refrigerated. Then warm in the microwave before you serve if you like!

Pamela Colander said...

I just made a double batch, the house smells incredibly chocolate-y and I can't wait to dive in! I added a scoop of unflavored protein powder to the filling to up the protein level. Thanks for sharing this awesome and easy recipe.

Pamela Colander said...

OMG!!! These are to die for. Took some up to friends house last night for coffee snacks and the hubby friend took a bite and said "OH MY"! He usually scoffs at my paleo diet. A million thanks for this incredible recipe Jessie!

Jessie B said...

Thank you for the great feedback, Pamela!! Always makes me happy when non-Paleo eaters approve a recipe! Thanks again & glad you enjoyed!

Mary said...

I'm trying to incorporate some paleo recipes into my life.. I tried this. I haven't sliced it or ate any yet. I will when it cools. A couple things about the recipe... shredded coconut, do you use sweetened or unsweetened. I opted for unsweetened... the coco... was it baking cocoa or sweetened cocoa? I pinched a piece of crust off.. I use good dutch cocoa... it seemed really bitter. I'm considering using half raw sugar next time. I'll wait and decide after I actually taste one. Was gonna take them to a bbq, but waiting till I taste. I may be running out to the bakery tomorrow..

Mary, again... said...

Ok.. I left them in the fridge overnight.. My husband liked them.. crust is a bit crumbly. Maybe cut the time back. I did make a double batch but there were no instructions on any changes for that. Not as rich as I'm used to, but I could get used to this. I think my daughters are gonna love it!

Pamela Colander said...

Hi Mary, You were correct to use unsweetened coconut. It's sweet enough in it's natural state. Unsweetened on the cocoa too. If you wanted it to be truly paleo use unsweetened cacao, very different from cocoa and is naturally sweet. Did you add the required amount of coconut sugar to the crust. Mine was just the right amount of sweetness with the amount stated in the recipe. Your crust was probably fine as mine was a bit crumbly too. We ate ours on a plate and not hand held because of that :-) Doubling the recipe is literally that, just double all the ingredients.
It's seriously one of the best things my mouth has tasted!

Mary, again... said...

Well, I must say I made this late in the evening, and was tired. I can swear I used the right amount of suger. On another note, to me, after sitting in the fridge till the next early evening, I took them to the bbq. I brought home less than a quarter of the 13 x 9 pan. The few that I told they were paleo loved them! I thought they were delicious! The best was for my daughter, the baker to tell me there were awesome, and the host and her kids loved them! In fact, when we were leaving she had tried it then as she hadn't yet, and when she did, she got a plate to keep a few for herself! She's a great cook and cooked and managed a kitchen. I also cooked for a caterer for 15 years. I can't wait for my gluten free daughter to try them! I wish you were on facebook. Would love to follow more of your recipes. I just may have to keep checking your site for more delicious recipes! Thank you for being patient with my comments! :) My thought, could adding a little agave to the crust mix help it to hold better? Your thoughts?

The Unrefined Wife said...

This looks amazing. I am going to try it out in the next couple of days. Thank you for giving us something to drool over.

Unknown said...

Do you happen to know the carb count on these?

Anonymous said...

Can I use almond milk rather than coconut milk?

Anonymous said...

Hi there...I made these tonight and they were very good. I'd like to make them for a friend but she has asked, "Would you recommend using a sugar substitute for the coconut sugar?" Thanks!

Gunjan Guliani said...

Hi Jessie... What can I replace egss with? Thanks!

champ-clé said...

Hi, they do look incredible! Not sure if you have different sized cups and cans in US but i only got like 2 bars out of this recipe. I don't know where i went wrong but they were terribly dry too :( Perhaps you could use grams instead of 'can' (for instance) which is a very relative measure

Jessie B said...

Nadine~ Almond milk is quite a bit thinner than coconut, so I wouldn't recommend it. Let me know if you do give it a try. :)

Anonymous~ I'm so glad you enjoyed them! I've only made these with coconut sugar, but brown sugar or honey might do the trick.

Gunjan~ I can't personally recommend any egg replacement, as I've never tried it. I've heard there are some formulas out there using ground flax seed to replace egg~ might be worth a Google search!

champ-clé~ Did your mixture fill up the baking dish? I don't know how you would have only gotten two bars, as the mixtures would fill an entire dish, but I'm sorry that happened. I live in the US & only use our standard measurements. You could try using an online measurement converter tool. One standard-sized can here is about 13-14 oz. I will include that in the recipe. Thanks for sharing your experience-- I hope work better for you next time!

Anonymous said...

Wonder what I would use in place od honey to make it more Keto friendly

Mo Milley said...

Jess I just found your website and love it!!! Upon browsing I saw these and I started salvating! EWWW I know, but how could I not!! Definitely going to try these and your breakfast casseroles!! Thank you. I was waffling on trying whole 30 and you have shown me it is possible!! Happy Thanksgiving Jess

Jessie B said...

@Mo Haha, thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad you found me :) If you're in the market for a new breakfast casserole recipe I would highly recommend the "Sweet Potato Crusted Egg & Chorizo" one that I recently posted! It's been a new staple around here. :) Take care!!

Daniela said...

Can you give me a sub for the almond flour? I want to bake this for my hubby who has a nut allergy! :)

Jessie B said...

Hi Daniela!

I have not personally tried any substitutes, but since it's such a small amount of almond flour I don't think it would make a huge difference to use something else. You could try "sunflower seed flour" like the Paleo Parents mention here:
Or, I've read that flaxseed meal can make a good alternative as well!

Would love to hear what you do & how it works out! :)

Mo Milley said...

Jess, OMG I couldn't wait for these to completely chill!!! I love it I love it Thank you sooo much for this recipe!! It is like the 7 layer bar take off with an oreo cookie bottom crunch!! I cut into 9 squares and doing my best to stay out of the kitchen!!! I love your website. Keep them coming sweetheart, you are doing an awesome job!!
Merry Christmas
Prayers and best wishes to you!

Anonymous said...

Jess, OMG I couldn't wait for these to completely chill!!! I love it I love it Thank you sooo much for this recipe!! It is like the 7 layer bar take off with an oreo cookie bottom crunch!! I cut into 9 squares and doing my best to stay out of the kitchen!!! I love your website. Keep them coming sweetheart, you are doing an awesome job!!
Merry Christmas
Prayers and best wishes to you!

Jessie B said...

@Molly, This is the best comment ever; you made my day! & I love the Oreo cookie comparison for the crust... I totally agree! So glad you enjoyed the recipe, and thank you so much for coming back to leave some kind words. It means more than you know!

Merry Christmas!!

Anonymous said...

These look great! Could you freeze them after cutting them up or would they not defrost well?thanks :)

Veronica Stankovich said...

How long would you let these cool for at room temperature? I was thinking 2 hours. Thanks.

Tøffe Traktorthale said...

Amazing cake! Made it for my birthday and everyone ("normal" eaters) loved it. I have a question concerning the crust: Do I have to whipp the egg white stiff and fold it together with the rest? Or should I simpley stirr it together with the other crust ingredients?

I also let out the pecans and I do not know if that made the filling cheesy/fromage-likely, but I loved it! But I had to bake it over an hour.

Anonymous said...

I doubled it and it did not turn out at all. It never firmed up. Baked for an hour .