Fresh Raspberry Coconut Bars




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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

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.

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!

Raspberry Coconut Bars
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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

  1. set oven to 350F
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. Bake the crust for 12-15 minutes, then remove and set aside to cool.
  5. Gently rinse and dry the raspberries.
  6. 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.
  7. Spread the filling onto the warm crust. Spread it out so that it covers the crust evenly.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining cup of coconut over the filling, and bake for about 25-27 minutes until the coconut is lightly golden.
  9. Cool before cutting.

Notes

recipe slightly adapted from Barefeet in the Kitchen

Make it your own ~

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

 

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22 Comments

  • 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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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 :)

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    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

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    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!

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    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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    PurpleQueen
    February 18, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Wow! Raspberry anything is my absolute favorite! We used to pick them as children when we summered in Maine. My Mother would turn fresh raspberrys into a luscious sauce which we would spoon over her homemade, (stovetop) rice pudding. Absolute heaven in a dish. I can’t wait to make these. As always your photos are so enticing!

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    John@Kitchen+Riffs
    February 18, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Coconut gets me every time. And these are gorgeous! Love the idea of raspberries. Hard to resist those in the supermarket, isn’t it? Really good stuff — thanks.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 18, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I love this combination Sue – I’ve never thought to combine raspberries with coconut! Brillant and beautiful ~ tropical sounds pretty terrific today – they are calling for -4 wind chill tomorrow afternoon. 7 inches of snow on the ground – but we wished for it so here it is! Have a great Wednesday – love your photos!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 18, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Gosh Tricia, I was hearing about your area on the news last night, stay warm!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    February 18, 2015 at 4:52 am

    these make me smile! They look and sound amazing and would brighten up anyone’s day!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    February 17, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I adore raspberries with coconut, what perfect bars!

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    Abbe+@+This+is+How+I+Cook
    February 17, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    These are so pretty, Sue. We are covered in snow right now and these look so nice and full of spring!

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    Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine
    February 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    What a wonderful way to use your little crimson treasures! I love the idea of raspberries and coconut combined though I’ve never had it. Think that’s about to change. Pinning!

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    Sippitysup
    February 17, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I needed something bright and cheery. It’s a wee bit cloudy in LA this morning. No that I’m complaining. GREG

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 17, 2015 at 9:28 am

      I feel so guilty complaining about anything to do with the weather, but you’re right, it’s downright gloomy today :)

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    February 17, 2015 at 6:59 am

    I find myself grabbing more fruit these days, just to ward off the winter a bit :) These are gorgeous and love all the flavours going on here!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 17, 2015 at 7:26 am

      I do this every winter with the raspberries!

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    Angie@Angie's+Recipes
    February 17, 2015 at 4:15 am

    These bars look wonderfully delicious. Coconut and raspberry are fantastic together.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 17, 2015 at 7:33 am

      That’s how this one started, I had the idea of coconut and raspberry stuck in my head!

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