Toasted Coconut Lemon Bars make a quick, tasty low sodium treat anytime. This is a great pot luck or party recipe!
I found this recipe in my Grandma Cash’s recipe book. I updated it with coconut oil and these lovely organic coconut chips I found at Costco last week-end. The results were amazing. I only made an 8 x 8 pan and as soon as the family tasted them they all looked at me reproachfully and told me never make them in such a small pan again. My husband immediately declared a two lemon bar per person limit(so he could have some in his lunch box next day). I went and hid some so I could photograph them in the morning:)
This is NOT a sponsored post by the way, we just like these crunchy coconut chips. They are sweetened and so yummy!. I have also used them in my homemade granola. Good addition there as well! They give the lemon bars a bit of crunchy texture on top that we all loved. If you like, regular shredded coconut could be used instead. The original recipe called for shredded coconut and I’m sure it would be great. Just really different from these sweet, crunchy yummies we were all drooling over.
The base of this dessert is a cookie dough. Don’t be confused, as I initially was, and think it should be a cake like batter. This is actually a press in crust base; baked, cooled and frosted… then devoured. So when you make it and the directions say beat until smooth, think thick cookie dough smooth.
Toasted Coconut Lemon Bars Recipe Notes:
I had these ready to eat in about an hour and a half. They bake in 25 minutes; while they are cooling, make your frosting. Once the crust is room temperature, frost them and immediately top them with the coconut topping so it sticks into the frosting a bit. (I crushed some of my coconut pieces a bit to enhance the texture, and then pressed the pieces lightly into the frosting)
The frosting does set up so that makes for nice finger food! These bars stay moist and fresh well into the next day. Beyond that you’re in uncharted territory. Our toasted coconut lemon bars never lasted longer than that!
Lovely, easy treat. Enjoy!