3-Ingredient Crispy Chocolate Coconut Hearts

Cynics would have you believe that Valentine’s Day is a holiday meant to line the pockets of executives at  Hallmark and Papyrus. I am not among them. I am a Valentine’s Day fan, a committed devotee.

How can you be opposed to a day that is singularly dedicated to romantic love? And since I’ve had kids, I’ve expanded the notion to include parental love. My front door is festooned with a heart shaped wreath made from magenta heather. I have a stockpile of doilies and pink paper for the requisite Valentine’s Cards. I’ve been tinkering with heart-shaped eggs so I’m ready for breakfast the morning of. And I dreamed up this pretty little treat — a chocolate Valentine — just for the occasion.

Valentine’s Day? I’m all in.

Even if you aren’t all in, these three-ingredient chocolate hearts are worth your attention. No cookie cutters required, just crispy cereal, coconut, chocolate and a willingness to get messy with melted goodness.

Heart shaped crispy chocolate coconut treats with glasses of milk, red and white straws, and a hand grabbing a treat

Here’s how:

  • Start by chopping up bittersweet chocolate into small pieces. Opt for decent chocolate here; it doesn’t need to be Valrhona, but not Baker’s Chocolate either.
  • Melt the chocolate down into dreamy lusciousness. Try not to lick every last drop.
  • Add the cereal and coconut and give it a stir. If you aren’t one for coconut, just add more cereal or your favorite finely chopped nuts.
  • Scoop the chocolate by the tablespoon onto a baking sheet and use your fingertips to flatten the mixture and spread it into the shape of a heart.  If you’re doing this with a child, be very forgiving in your notion of what a heart looks like. It will still taste delicious even if it looks like a monster or the moon.
  • Let it to cool enough that it snaps when you break it in half.

Most importantly, share it with your beloveds…the romantic variety or the child variety. Both qualify.

P.S. You can find other Valentine’s Day inspiration here:

Valentine’s Day Cocoa with Whipped Cream Hearts

Cheese Souffle for Two

Lighter Chocolate Pot de Creme

12 Healthyish Chocolate Recipes

chocolate coconut treats on a white background with glasses of milk and red and white straws

5 from 1 vote

Crispy Chocolate Coconut Hearts

Feel free to substitute finely chopped toasted nuts of any variety if you don't care for coconut. Alternatively, skip the nuts altogether and just make this a two-ingredient treat, upping the amount of crispy brown rice cereal to 1 1/3 cups.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 18 Chocolate Hearts
Calories 80 kcal
Author Katie Morford


  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup crisp brown rice cereal, such as Barbara's (or use Rice Krispies)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened finely grated coconut


  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat.
  2. Chop the chocolate into small pieces that are roughly even in size. Put it into a medium, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate on high in 30-second bursts, mixing after each round, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. This took 2 1/2 minutes in my microwave. Alternatively, melt the chocolate in a medium pot set over another pot of simmering water, stirring until melted.

  3. Add the crisp brown rice cereal and coconut to the chocolate and mix gently until combined.
  4. Spoon 1 level tablespoon of the chocolate mixture onto the baking sheet. Use your fingers (and perhaps the aid of the tip of a knife) to spread the chocolate into the shape of a heart. Continue with the remainder of the chocolate, leaving an inch or so of space between. If you don't want to go to the trouble of making hearts, just spread the chocolate into one very thin sheet on the baking pan using a rubber spatula. 

  5. Leave the chocolate to cool and firm up, about an hour (if you spread it in one big sheet, just snap into 2-bite pieces). You can speed up the process by putting the chocolate in the fridge or freezer.

  6. Store in an air-tight container. Will keep well for 1 week.

Crispy Coconut Hearts


02.05.2014 at2:53 PM #


Oh yummy~~Katie, you are amazing!!!
I am in for Valentine’s Day too. Time to love everyone and don’t forget oneself
( sometimes the hardest to love)

02.06.2014 at8:49 AM #


Yum! Going to try these. On the subject if chocolate, I’ve been wondering if you’ve ever tried your delicious lemon mousse recipe using chocolate pudding instead of lemon curd? It was so good and so easy I’d like to try other permutations of the recipe. Thx! And happy Valentines Day!

02.06.2014 at8:49 AM #

Katie Morford

I haven’t, but imagine that you could substitute chocolate custard for the lemon curd. I do love a good chocolate mousse.

02.06.2014 at9:18 AM #

aida mollenkamp

So simple but so cute, Katie. I do something similar with cornflakes and chocolate and it’s so simple but people love it — in fact, I’m sharing it on my site this week so we’re clearly on the same page!

02.06.2014 at9:18 AM #

Katie Morford

Cornflakes…yes please. I think you could throw just about anything in a bowl of melted chocolate and it would be good 🙂

02.06.2014 at11:29 AM #


Hmmm, Aida and Katie – What do you think about using BOTH cornflakes and crisped rice instead of coconut?

02.06.2014 at11:29 AM #

Katie Morford

Only one way to know…but seems like it would work.

02.06.2014 at12:20 PM #

Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño

Cute + simple, that’s my kind of recipe. I think the kids would have fun with this one!

02.06.2014 at12:20 PM #

Katie Morford

Beware: lots of finger licking.

02.07.2014 at9:23 AM #


oh my goodness- I bet these are so good and crispy! they look wonderful, and I bet my kids would love these!

02.07.2014 at9:23 AM #

Katie Morford

And gluten-free 🙂

02.08.2014 at6:35 PM #

Stevie D!

Oh My! We are celebrating Valentines Day early and every day. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

02.08.2014 at6:35 PM #

Katie Morford

Glad to hear it!

02.14.2018 at10:21 AM #


Unbelievably easy and delicious! A great Valentine’s treat for the whole family!

02.14.2018 at10:21 AM #

Katie Morford

One of my favorites! Glad you found them as easy to make as I do.

02.11.2019 at12:59 PM #

Pamela Prime

Looks like a perfect Valentine treat!’💚💚

02.22.2020 at9:20 AM #


I made a batch of these and brought them to the office for Valentine’s Day. They were such a hit. Thank you for the easy and yummy recipe.

02.22.2020 at9:20 AM #

Katie Morford

I love that! Thanks for letting me know.

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