Fresh Raspberry Coconut Bars

raspberry coconut squares

These Fresh Raspberry Coconut Bars are ooey, gooey, and delicious! Just imagine your favorite coconut bar brightened up with juicy fresh raspberries ~ yum!

raspberry coconut squares, sliced

I picked up a package of fresh raspberries on a whim the other day…they are really hard to resist, aren’t they? They were pricey, but all I needed was one little half pint for these Raspberry Coconut Bars. It seemed like a fair deal to me. For those of you still stuck under piles of snow this week, I think these might be a welcome breath of spring. Light, tropical coconut and the most delicate of all berries makes for an irresistible combination in these bars.

raspberry Coconut Bars recipe

I used Barefeet in the Kitchen’s Cherry Coconut Bars recipe and just subbed in my fresh raspberries. The flavor is really incredible — it’s macaroon meets tart raspberry with a brown sugar crust, and a gooey coco-nutty almond filling. There are two full teaspoons of almond extract in that filling and it gives these bars an assertive almond edge that goes great with the coconut.

These are a departure from my regular crumble squares that I make over and over again with whatever fruit is in season. Sometimes it’s nice to change things up, and I’m so glad I did. These were absolute heaven with a cup of coffee in the morning, so I think they are fair game for breakfast. Or dessert. Or afternoon snack.

Raspberry Coconut Bars

Looking for more raspberry recipes? Check out my NO BAKE RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE BARS recipe, or my FRESH RASPBERRY RIPPLE ICE CREAM! Fresh raspberries also make a delicious and simple RASPBERRY VINEGAR to drizzle on salads, vegetables, or fish! Fresh, in-season raspberries are one of the highlights of the year, so take advantage of them when you can!


Reader Rave ~

“I’ve made these a few times now! They never last long. Super easy, always have the stuff on hand. Just go out to my garden, grab somw raspberries and I quickly have something delicious for coffee with a friend, or for us to just gobble up when the kids aren’t watching!”  ~  Vanessa


Raspberry Coconut Bars
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3.28 from 18 votes

Raspberry Coconut Bars

These Fresh Raspberry Coconut Bars are ooey, gooey, and delicious!  Just imagine your favorite coconut bar brightened up with juicy fresh raspberries ~ yum!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

crust

  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract optional

filling

  • 6 oz 1 small package fresh raspberries
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

topping

  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  • set oven to 350F
  • Mix the melted butter and the brown sugar together, using the back of a spoon to break up any lumps in the sugar. Mix in the flour and extract (if using)
  • Spread the crust evenly over the surface of a 9x9 or 10x10 baking pan. Grease the pan or line with parchment paper for easier removal.
  • Bake the crust for 12-15 minutes, then remove and set aside to cool.
  • Gently rinse and dry the raspberries.
  • Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl, and then mix in all the rest of the filling ingredients except the raspberries. Fold in the raspberries, stirring gently until they are evenly incorporated.
  • Spread the filling onto the warm crust. Spread it out so that it covers the crust evenly.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cup of coconut over the filling, and bake for about 25-27 minutes until the coconut is lightly golden.
  • Cool before cutting.

Cook's notes

recipe slightly adapted from Barefeet in the Kitchen
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • If you can’t find raspberries you might try blueberries or strawberries.

 

Don’t forget to pin these Fresh Raspberry Coconut Bars!

 

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  • Reply
    Lindsay
    September 8, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Oh my! This was so good! Super easy to make too! Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

  • Reply
    JoAnn Isaacs
    August 14, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Sue: This recipe sounds wonderful and I was going to make it but need to make a 9 x 13 size pan. Can you tell me what the adjustment ingredients would be?
    Thanks,
    Jo Ann

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 14, 2019 at 12:44 pm

      I think you should be able to double the recipe, JoAnn, and then you’d need to cook it just a little longer, maybe add a few minutes and then check.

  • Reply
    Vanessa
    July 22, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I’ve made these a few times now! They never last long. Super easy, always have the stuff on hand. Just go out to my garden, grab somw raspberries and I quickly have something delicious for coffee with a friend, or for us to just gobble up when the kids aren’t watching!

  • Reply
    Oliver
    July 2, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Made the recipe yesterday – as is – after saving it for a while. Turned out great. I am glad I papered the dish because the crust gets quite caramelly. This is a keeper for when you want a small informal summer dessert for 4.

  • Reply
    Linda H
    December 30, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Is there any way to adapt with (gasp) frozen raspberries? The fresh ones are hideously expensive this time of year in Ontario as they are imported.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 10, 2019 at 10:17 am

      I think you could use frozen raspberries without a problem, use them straight from frozen.

  • Reply
    Betsy
    March 3, 2015 at 4:29 am

    I just found these on Pinterest last night and they were so pretty I could not wait to try the recipe. Absolutely delicious! Will definitely be making these again! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 12, 2019 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Betsy!

  • Reply
    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    March 1, 2015 at 11:12 am

    macaroon meets tart raspberry with a brown sugar crust, and a gooey coco-nutty almond filling = THAT sounds like HEAVEN!!! They’re gorgeous and I love that you have fresh raspberries to bake with at this time of year (or ever!)….I eat mine before I can even bake with them 🙂

  • Reply
    Jules @ WolfItDown
    March 1, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Hahah, I always end up buying more from the fruit section than I originally intended, it is impossible to resist!
    Looks like you made the most of them though, and paired with coconut? Heaven! x

  • Reply
    grace
    February 19, 2015 at 7:59 am

    what a beautiful batch of bars! i’m nuts for coconut any way i can get it, and these bars look gooey and buttery and delicious!

  • Reply
    Catherine
    February 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Dear Sue, These looks wonderful! The coconut and raspberry are a match made in heaven. Pinning for later. xo, Catherine

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