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Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars

I can’t believe it is the last week of August. Where did the summer go? We are excited for September because our due date is September 24th. We have less than a month to go! We are also looking forward to Labor Day-which is this upcoming weekend. Hopefully, it won’t be my Labor Day-we are excited to meet our little guy, but he needs to stay put for a little while longer:) We always have a barbecue on Labor Day and this year I am making Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars for one of the desserts.

These bars are special because they have a thick crust and crumble topping. A crumble topping is always a bonus in my book. The bottom layer and topping are made with butter, brown sugar, oats, and coconut. The middle layer is made with sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, lime juice, and lime zest. The lime filling is thick, creamy, and tart.

The bars are simple to make and remind me of key lime pie. No wonder Josh loves them-key lime pie is his favorite dessert:) He had a hard time waiting for me to take pictures of these bars. He kept trying to eat the one I was shooting. I eventually let him dig in:) He didn’t even leave me a bite!

If you are looking for an easy dessert to serve at your Labor Day party-make these Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars. Lime and coconut lovers will devour these refreshing bars.

Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Cook Time: 30-35 minutes


1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons lime zest


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8×8-inch baking pan and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until everything comes together in a crumbly mixture and flour is evenly distributed. Mix in oats and coconut. Mixture will be somewhat dry and sandy.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, lime juice, and lime zest.

4. Put 2 cups of the oat mixture into the bottom of prepared baking dish and press firmly into an even layer. Pour lime mixture on top and spread evenly. Crumble all remaining oat mixture over the top of the lime mixture, covering it completely.

5. Bake bars for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into squares and serve. Store remaining bars in the refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from Baking Bites

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66 Responses to “Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars”

  1. Rosa — August 29, 2011 @ 3:31 am

    Wonderful bars! That exotic combo is delightful.



  2. your description of those bars is pretty much heaven!

    butter, brown sugar, oats, and coconut on the bottom

    and that THICK filling

    and then the crumble topping and i agree, crumble toppings are a bonus!!

    it’s like a key lime pie meets a crumble bar all in one. love it.

  3. Erica — August 29, 2011 @ 5:14 am

    I am so making these! You know my josh loves key lime, but he also lovessss coconut!! So awesome that your due date is approaching

  4. Yum!!! I keep thinking, ‘Put the lime in the cocounut and drink it all up’ from Baha Men
    P.S. I’m so excited for you that you’re in the home stretch. Eee! :-) I bet you can’t wait to meet the little one.

  5. Kathryn — August 29, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    What a perfect combination of flavours!

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet — August 29, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    you are soooo close girl! and lime and coconut? hand ’em over. yum.

  7. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — August 29, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    These look delicious!

  8. Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 29, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    these make me feel like i’m on vacation…guess i’ll be making them every day now! 😉

  9. kelley — August 29, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Love the pictures. Going, going, gone! Pete loves anything coconut and lime, I’m sure he’d love these!

  10. Blog is the New Black — August 29, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Ooooh, these are a perfect summer ending dessert!

  11. Deborah — August 29, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    I’m a citrus girl, and I love a good crumble! I have to make these!!

  12. Urban Wife — August 29, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    Anything that tastes remotely like Key Lime Pie is a clear winner in my book. These look wonderful. :)

  13. susan — August 29, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    my husband loves coconut and his bday is around the corner – these will look so cute with a candle in them!

  14. Amanda — August 29, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    Oh wow… these look so delicious!!!

  15. I love key lime pie, the addition of coconut sounds so good! This recipe sounds so summery, perfect way to wrap up the season.

  16. Heather @ Side of Sneakers — August 29, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    Crumble? Lime? Thick crust? Yes please!!! Key lime pie is my favorite, and these just sound so much more fun. :)

  17. Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook — August 29, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    Love the crumble topping! I hope your baby boy stays put until his due date, but doesn’t delay too long. Ours was due St Patricks Day. Beautiful, sunny, warm, St Patricks Day 2011. Instead he came a week later in the final sleet/snowstorm of the winter. New parent lesson #1 – kid sets the schedule, not us. Hahah :)

  18. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 29, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    Perfect combination. Yum!

  19. Bev Weidner — August 29, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    Cue music: It’s FINAL COUNT.DOWWWWN.

    So exciting, Maria! And those crumble bars just made my heart crumble with joy.


  20. TidyMom — August 29, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    I want these now!!…..perfection!!

  21. Traci — August 29, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Oh the things I am giving up for this baby!! My mouth watered when I saw this!! Unfortunately she (and I) can’t have dairy. Working hard on a dairy free version so I can enjoy these! Thanks for posting!!

  22. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — August 29, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    What a great combination of flavors!

  23. Joanne — August 29, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    I thought I knew what I was baking this week…but plans can change. These look amazing and combine my favorite flavor pairing!

  24. leslie — August 29, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    Amazing Maria! I have stumbled these and Pinned them! They are on my “to make” list FOR SURE!

    • Two Peas replied: — August 30th, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

      Thanks Leslie:)

  25. Sara @ Our Best Bites — August 29, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    Oh Maria Maria- these were made for me! (Betcha didn’t know that, did you? Why didn’t you send me some??) Seriously, can’t wait to make them- they look fab!

  26. I know, summer seems to have flown by this year! Although I’m sure I say that every year b/c I love summer and hate to see it go. So exciting that’s you’ll be meeting your little guy soon!

  27. Georgia Pellegrini — August 29, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    I’m obsessed with coconut this week, ever since I started using coconut oil instead of olive oil. I’m going to try it with these too and be over the top coconutty.

  28. Nancy@acommunaltable — August 29, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    Oh my… two of my favorite flavors in one of my favorite types of dessert bars…. well, so much for the diet … but these are worth it… Yum!!!!!

  29. Shari @ The Daily Dish — August 29, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

    Yum! These look fantastic. Thanks for sharing. :)

  30. Donna — August 30, 2011 @ 12:40 am

    What’s a better combo than lime and coconut? I can’t think of a single thing!

  31. Mmm, these bars look so delicious and moist and full of flavor… I agree, the summer seemed to fly by this year. :) What a wonderful new addition you have to look forward to in the fall!

  32. CouponClippingCook — August 30, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    What a great recipe. I love using sweetened condensed milk for desserts. The picture is so beautiful too…and it matches your site’s them colors perfectly.

  33. vanillasugarblog — August 30, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    oh my gosh sept 24 is my bday.
    you will be very blessed to have a Libra
    they are amazing people; very talented lol

  34. These look amazing! And they make me want to go on vacation

  35. Pamc — August 30, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    These would be a huge hit in my home – yum!

  36. Sukaina — August 30, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    Yummy……I’m a great fan of coconut and recently made some coconut pancakes so the coconut bars are right up my alley. Enjoy the last few days of summer!

  37. Amanda — August 30, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    It makes me feel like heading to the tropics! Looks really good! Can’t wait to make them for this weekend. :)

  38. marla — August 30, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    These bars are heavenly! xo

  39. sarah@spinach and spice — August 30, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    These look so refreshing! I’m a coconut fiend 😀

  40. bridget {bake at 350} — August 30, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

    Love, love, love this combo…and thanks for the link!!! :)

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