This recipe for Coconut Layer Bars could also qualify to be called Coconut Crack Bars.
As you may have noticed, anything that I can’t keep my sticky little fingers off of is referred to as crack. Hummus, jam, lattes, whatever. These definitely fall into that category.
I apologize to whoever it was that I “borrowed” the original recipe for these from because I printed it out and never made note of where I found it. So technically this is not mine. However, I did modify it to suit my needs…so maybe I can call it my own?
Either way make these, enjoy these, and try not to gain 20lbs overnight.
Coconut Layer Bars
- 1 cup coconut milk (light or regular)
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 cup melted butter, margarine, or coconut oil
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips or chunks
- 1 cup flaked, sweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a saucepan whisk together coconut milk and brown sugar over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool while preparing the crust.
- Line a 8x8 square baking pan with parchment paper (trust me, you need this part…spraying doesn’t work the same for this recipe). In a bowl combine graham crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Mix well to moisten crumbs evenly. Firmly press mixture into pan. Press hard and press even.
- Pour warm coconut mixture over the base. Tilt to reach all edges evenly.
- Top with an even layer of chocolate chips, then flaked coconut, then nuts. Firmly pat everything down with spatula until coconut milk seeps upwards through the toppings.
- Bake for 28-30 minutes or until coconut is golden brown and filling is bubbling. Remove from oven and let entire pan cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes or until pan is cool enough to move to refrigerator. Cool completely for at least 4 hours, but overnight is best.
- When firm lift bars out of pan using the parchment paper (might need to run knife around the edges). Cut into 12 squares. If you don’t eat them all right away they should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or can be frozen if wrapped tightly.
I froze six (thank Gawd!) but the other six didn’t stand a chance. These bars are the best of all worlds…not too sweet, not too sticky…just a little crunchy with a little gooey. Really the best treat I’ve discovered in a while. They will become a staple on my “what to bake for guests and friends” list. Nom.