Heavenly Hunks Copycat Recipe - Danielle Walker

If you’re unfamiliar with them, Heavenly Hunks sort of sounds like a calendar filled with shirtless firemen or something, so just to clear things up quickly they are NOT that. Instead, they’re bite-sized chunks of chewy, oaty, chocolate chip goodness — decidedly addictive and a perfect snack or treat. They definitely live up to their heavenly moniker! You can find bagged versions at the grocery store or bulk-sized bags at Costco, but those have some oils and flours that don’t work with my dietary restrictions. So I recreated them into a version that I can enjoy guilt-free and this — Heavenly Hunks Copycat Recipe — was born.

image of ingredients for gluten free heavenly hunks oat bites on a counter top in small bowls

Sprouted Rolled Oats  

Oats work for some people and are tough for others. The thing that changes oats for me is not only using gluten-free oats of course, but using gluten-free sprouted oats. Sprouted oats are much easier for many stomachs to digest, including mine. You can likely find some version at your grocery store, definitely at a Whole Foods-type store, and on Amazon. My favorite one is a certified gluten-free brand called One Degree and you can find them here.

gluten free heavenly hunks oats in a baking pan

Substitutes for Honey

The combination of honey and coconut sugar works really well here. You could use maple syrup instead, but it will change the flavor profile as a part of these bites is their honey-ish flavor. I like using a very light-colored creamy honey. My favorite one is this one. Plus, you’re also getting sweetness from the chocolate chips and they are key here! I’ve been loving a Guittard version sweetened with coconut sugar, but my kiddos prefer the Enjoy Life brand. You can choose either one or use what you have already at home! 

image of gluten free heavenly hunks oat and chocolate chip bites cut into squares on a counter top

Easy Sweet Snack

Warming the coconut oil and honey together on the stove is an important step here to get those ingredients fully mixed with all the others. But aside from that step, these come together in minutes in the food processor. You also don’t HAVE to pulse them and if you’d prefer the oats remain whole, you can just mix up the ingredients in a bowl and then press into the pan before you freeze. 

image of gluten free heavenly hunks oat and chocolate chip bites cut into squares on a counter.

Freezer Cookies

No matter how you cut them — you can make squares, roll them into energy balls or make them granola bar-sized — these gems freeze beautifully. I recommend cutting these or making them into their final shape before you freeze them though. They’ll store in a stasher bag easily in the freezer for up to a few months. I love them straight out of the freezer and find the cool nibbles make the treat last longer. But if you don’t want them cold, you can pop one on a plate and warm it in the microwave for 8 seconds. Or, just leave it on the counter for a few minutes and let it come up to temperature before you enjoy.

image of gluten free heavenly hunks oat and chocolate chip bites on a counter top

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Heavenly Hunks Copycat Recipe

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4.9 from 17 reviews

  • Author: Danielle
  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Warm the coconut oil and honey in a saucepan over low heat, until melted. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. In a small food processor, grind 1/3 cup of the oats into a fine flour.
  3. Add the remaining oats, shredded coconut, arrowroot, coconut flour, coconut sugar, and salt. Pulse 3 to 5 times to combine. Pour in the melted coconut oil and honey mixture, and pulse a few times to combine. Stir in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, press the dough into a parchment lined loaf pan and freeze it until set, about 1 hour. Remove the parchment and cut the loaf into 1.5- inch squares. 
  5. Alternatively, this mixture can be rolled into energy bites. 

4/26/23

Heavenly Hunks Copycat Recipe

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COMMENTS

  1. Joy says:

    The recipe looks delicious, but I cannot even print it out properly because it is covered in Google ads!? I understand having adds all over your blog, but it is a huge turn off to have to print out a three or four page recipe just to accommodate add in the middle 🙁






    • Danielle says:

      Hi Joy! Thanks so much for your feedback. It might be your printer settings – we’ve double-checked our print function and it’s printing without ads for us. However, we’ll forward this to our tech team and have them check as well. Thank you for your support & I hope you give this recipe a try!

      • Christine Teel says:

        I had the same issue. It was cutting off step 1 and 2 with a box that looked like possibly an ad.
        I picked “SMALL” in printer options and got it to print but I could not get it to print with out the box in medium or large.

    • Alexis says:

      You have to click on “print” or “print recipe”, then print it.

  2. Emily says:

    OMG! As soon as I saw this I knew I had to give it a try. We bought the original once from Costco and they last a day or two. This recipe is awesome! My daughter says it’s better than the ones from the store!






  3. Emily Alden says:

    My daughter says these are better than the store bought ones! So yummy!






  4. Linda says:

    Can I just use oat flour instead of grinding the oats and if so do I use the same amount, 2 1/3?

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Linda! 1 cup of rolled oats = 3/4 cup of oat flour; using this conversion, you can sub grinding the oats with oat flour! Enjoy!

    • Petrena Galloway says:

      Hello,
      If you “X” off the ads you will not get them in the printing part. I understand it’s a pain bc I hate all the ads to and the ads that come up are what the algorithm uses to see what we have googled. I took a picture to show you but there is not a place to put a picture in this comment.






  5. Monique says:

    What’s a sub for arrowroot powder?






  6. Marla says:

    I love heavenly hunks but I don’t recall there being any coconut in them? Can you leave the coconut out?

  7. Megan Davis says:

    These are fantastic! Made them tonight as a double batch and chilled in a jelly roll pan. Hi reviews all around!






  8. Laura says:

    Thank you Danielle! These were so good and so easy to make. My son kept asking for more. Delish!






  9. Shelly says:

    These were delicious and so simple to make. My kids devoured them, probably didn’t hurt that they contain chocolate chips. Thanks Danielle for another great recipe

  10. karen says:

    Delish, made as written. easy recipe! I found them a tad too sweet and “oily” but still great. I’ll reduce the honey and coconut oil next time 🙂






  11. Laurell Bresnan says:

    It’s safe to say I’m properly obsessed with these – I’ve just finished making my second batch in 5 days! The first time I didn’t have any coconut oil so I subbed avocado oil and they still turned out great. Both batches I omitted the coconut sugar; between the honey and chocolate chips they came out sweet enough for my whole family to enjoy as a treat. Thanks for the great recipe!






    • Danielle says:

      Love that! Thank you so much for this review and sharing how you modified it! So glad it was enjoyed by everyone.

    • Vanessa says:

      Thanks for that! I was going to ask if the sugar can be reduced. I found them a tad sweet (kid didn’t mind!)

      • cstrick99 says:

        I also found them too sweet. Good to know if I leave out the coconut sugar they will be fine. Thanks for the review. Plus, thanks Danielle for the recipe. I have never had Heavenly Hunks but they looked good so I made them!






  12. Wendi Huff says:

    What brand Coconut Oil do you use?

  13. Lindsey Scofield says:

    Do you think maple syrup would work in place of the honey? I have a toddler and a weaning infant that would probably love these but the baby isn’t supposed to eat honey yet.

  14. Michele Reid says:

    Hi..
    So excited to make these for my daughter and I!!
    Do u have the amount of protein and remaining nutritional info?

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Michele! I don’t have the nutritional information for this recipe. I’ve seen readers comment that they use an app to assist them in calculating the info. they need – one I’ve seen recommended is My Fitness Pal. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

  15. Lia says:

    I’ll have to try these! The Costco heavenly hunks are delicious, and I love the idea of a healthier alternative.

  16. Penny Speer says:

    This is the recipe I have been waiting for! These are so easy and delicious! These are better than the original. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  17. Barbara says:

    I was really excited to find this recipe since I have bought the Costco version (but didn’t love some of their ingredients.) Once again, you have crafted something delicious and nutritious that I can feel good about giving to my kids! I don’t know how you continue to do it! Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with us!!






  18. Becka says:

    Wow, so quick and easy!! Had everything in my pantry and prepared in 5 mins. The hard part is going to be waiting that hour to devour them!






  19. Annie says:

    Thank you for this recipe!! I have trouble digesting coconut so I subbed with cassava flour and avocado oil but left the shredded coconut and coconut sugar. Mine came out very oily, still delicious though and didn’t hurt my tummy. Will try making them as the recipe is next time.

    • Danielle says:

      Thank you for letting us know how you modified it – another reader might be curious and they’ll find your feedback so helpful! I’m glad you enjoyed them and planning to make them again!

  20. Annette H says:

    Just finished making my second batch! These were supposed to last my husband for 4 days as his work snack, but they lasted 2! They’re a huge hit at our house. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!






  21. Jen Segura says:

    I just finished making these and I got 5 stars all around. Only issue was they crumbled really easily. I did not remember to cut them first, so I figured I would try that next time and if not maybe up the oil or honey? Great sub for the real deal and my kids too thought they tasted better than the original!

  22. Ashley Wilson says:

    Hi! I’m wondering how these would freeze? Any suggestions? Thanks!

  23. Lia says:

    Finally tried these, and they were a hit with my husband and I! I left out the coconut sugar like a few others mentioned, and the batch is perfectly sweet without it, IMO 🙂 I also subbed almond flour for both types of flour because that’s what I had on hand, and it turned out nicely. The bars also remind me of a chocolate chip Chewy bar ☺️






  24. Nancy Jeavons-dobson says:

    I make these into granola bars..Chocolate chip and cinnamon and cranberry. They are great.

    • Danielle says:

      Yum!! Those additions sound amazing. Thank you so much for this review and I’m thrilled you’re enjoying them!

  25. talen lane says:

    Danielle does it again! THANK YOU!






  26. Lindsey VandenBerg says:

    Absolutely delicious and I wouldn’t change a thing! They are a bit addicting however. My son loves them and they are the perfect snack when you need to hold yourself over or before a workout!






  27. Susie says:

    They turned out great. Delicious!! My kids loved them.

  28. Sarah says:

    Hi!

    Just wondering the purpose of the arrowroot powder in this recipe and also why arrowroot instead of tapioca starch?

    Thanks! Can’t wait to try out this recipe!

    • Danielle says:

      Hi! Tapioca comes from the cassava plant, which I don’t tolerate so I don’t use tapioca. But it is a easy sub for arrowroot!

  29. Sarah says:

    Hi!

    First off, I just made these and they are so good! My mom told me they are better than the Costco ones!

    I wanted to ask what the arrowroot is helpful for in this recipe and also why you chose to use arrowroot instead of tapioca flour.

    Can’t wait to make these again and get creative with different mix-ins!

    • Danielle says:

      Hi! Tapioca comes from the cassava plant, which I don’t tolerate so I don’t use tapioca. But it is a easy sub for arrowroot! But it is helpful to hold them together, yes. So glad you love them!

  30. Erika says:

    Hi! What could I use instead of coconut flour?

  31. Trisha says:

    I prefer the cranberry white chips bites. Any chance you have tried a recipe for those?

  32. Sara says:

    Good Morning! Can you utilize organic unbleached flour instead of arrowroot and coconut flour? I would love to make just haven’t switched our flour yet 😊

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Sara! Thank you for writing in! I am not sure as I have not tested it with the unbleached flour since I can not tolerate it. If you do decide to experiment, I hope it works!

    • Meghan says:

      I wouldn’t make that substitution. In general, flour needs to be cooked before eating to reduce risk of salmonella. In this recipe, these alternative flours don’t have to be cooked to be eaten safely.

  33. Bridy says:

    Thank you for this! Turned out great






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