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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