Tropical Gluten Free Matcha Coconut Bars

Have you tried matcha green tea in your baking? It adds a lovely flavor to these gluten free matcha green tea coconut cookie bars.

Gluten Free Matcha Green Tea Coconut Cookie Bars stacked on top of each other

These matcha green tea coconut cookie bars are my husband’s new weakness.

I bake…a lot. I have a killer sweet tooth.

My husband usually can resist the temptations (well, sort of.)

This time, I had to chase him out of the kitchen. While these bars were cooling, a corner disappeared from the baking dish.

Then, when I went to run a few errands, more of this matcha cake disappeared.

I knew I needed to get photos fast of these before I had nothing left to photograph :-).

Matcha Green Tea

If you haven’t baked with matcha green tea powder, give it a try. You will find many matcha recipes call for culinary grade matcha. This means the matcha is super fine so you don’t get a gritty texture to your baked goods.

Many matcha blends are not gluten free. (NOTE:Β  DO NOT BUY TRADER JOE’s new matcha in the can!! It is full of gluten.) It is important to read the ingredients carefully when buying green tea powder.

Mix up your own sweetened matcha

You can make your own, it is very easy to make. Just take unsweetened matcha powder and add an extra teaspoon of sugar to your baking. (3 teaspoons matcha to 1 teaspoon sugar is my favorite ratio. Mix up a bigger batch and keep it sealed in a container to use as needed.)

Gluten Free Matcha Coconut Cookie Bars on a cooling rack.

This easy gluten free coconut cake recipe (yes it qualifies as a cake too!) is so easy to make and enjoy anytime. You could even make this gluten free cookie bar recipe without the matcha if you don’t want to include it.

Things You Need to Make This Recipe:

  1. My favorite gluten free flour blend.
  2. A great 8×8 baking pan.

How to make gluten free matcha coconut cookie bars:

Gluten Free Matcha Coconut Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Easy gluten free matcha green tea coconut cookie bars

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Japanese
Servings: 9 cookies
Calories: 358 kcal
Author: Sandi Gaertner
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free flour blend (*Note, my flour blend has xanthan gum included. If yours doesn't, add 1 teaspoon.)
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons matcha green tea powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray coconut oil in a baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
  4. In a small bowl, add all wet ingredients and mix.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  6. Add coconut, chips, and nuts.
  7. Stir well.
  8. Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes until done.
  9. Allow to cool before cutting.
Nutrition facts per serving (1g)
358kcal | Fat: 16g | Saturated fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 141mg | Carbohydrates: 47g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Protein: 8g | Vitamin A: 6.1% | Calcium: 8.3% | Iron: 13.6%

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  1. Such a unique dessert. I am sure it is wonderful. Great color.

  2. I’m seeing matcha becoming increasingly popular and I have to see what I’m missing out on. These would be a great place to start. Lovely recipe.

  3. Soooo green πŸ™‚ Perfect recipe for St Patrick’s Day, and I am a sucker for anything flavoured with coconut!

  4. These sound fantastic, Sandi! I drink cold matcha everyday and have done so for the past 5 years or so. I am pretty much sugar free these days but these bars look INCREDIBLY tempting. πŸ™‚ I saw this on FB and just had to come over and say Hi and say thanks for sharing this intriguing recipe. I wonder if coconut butter would work okay in this? Or half dairy butter and half coconut butter?

  5. These bars sound just perfect; GF or not! Thanks for sharing, and such beautiful pics too!

  6. I recently had a little cake made with matcha and it tasted so good! I’m really intrigued by your Matcha Coconut Bars. They look wonderful!

  7. Dear Sandi, these sound wonderful…between the notes of green tea and bits of white chocolate, they are a splendid treat. I love the look of the texture too! Pinning dear. xo, Catherine

  8. What a beautiful colour! I love the sound of these! Stumbled, pinned and tweeted!

  9. These sound so good Sandi! I’ve never baked with matcha before but I definitely need to give it a try πŸ™‚

  10. Yum! Great pictures, too. And I’m so happy to finally know what matcha is!

  11. I love the color of these bars. I’ve never eaten or used matcha before. I’m very intrigued, now. And coconut added to anything dessert-y has my vote. Lovely. πŸ™‚

  12. Thanks for the tip about all matcha not being gluten free. I didn’t know that, but will definitely look for it now. Love the looks of these matcha coconut bars!

  13. Hi. Intrigued by your recipe. I have a need for a GF treat for a coworker this week. Are you using a square glass baking dish or some other size? TIA.

    • Hi Ellon, I used a 9×9 baking dish. Please note that the matcha powder I used was by Tazo and they add a little sweetener to their matcha. I suggest if you use pure matcha powder to use a little less powder.

  14. Hi Sandy,
    I am wondering that 1 stick butter stands for how much in grams?
    I am from Australia and I would love to try this recipe .

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