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Chocolate Coconut Bars

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I’m almost embarrassed to post these, almost, scratch that I have no shame people, these bars came about for the need to have a quick treat to send with hubby for a work luncheon.  Being that they are extremly, embarrassingly easy hasn’t stopped me from making them 5 times since I have been home from vacation.  Any event this past week that came up with hubby these beauties were made and quickly cut into bars.  The only problem is that I keep leaving small pieces for me, so take into account that I have made these 5 times and add up each piece I have ravished, it quickly adds up to some serious sugar intake.  But me being the calm and collective person I am figure that each piece must be consumed to remind myself of my superior baking skills (whatever).  The crust is pulsed graham crackers held together with melted butter pressed into a 9×13 pan.  This can be even easier, I know I know, if you use packaged ground graham crumbs which I found while searching for panko.  I almost fainted, when was this invented? Why didn’t anyone call me?  Of course I grabbed a box, then proceeded to melt the butter in the microwave and the process was cut in half, oh I could cry of complete joy. 

Okay, people take my word and march into your kitchen or run like I do and whip these up. You won’t be disappointed and while you devour a piece, you can smile thanking me for being super cool.  Enjoy Sweet Life!

Oh and since I am in a self praise mode, why don’t you stop by  Drick’s Rambling Cafe wherere there is a whole post dedicated to me, you know your truly loved when someone creates recipes in your honor.  Check out a great recipe for Livin’ the Sweet Life Chicken Tacos , love it! Texas hugs going out to Drick for thinking of me, your too cool Dude, love ya! 

I made smaller versions for this post, the recipe is for a 9×13.

Chocolate Coconut Bars

by Sweet Life

by Vianney Rodriguez

serves 12

3 cups graham cracker crumbs (almost 20 cookies)

1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, melted

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2 cups sweetened coconut

1 1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray or butter a 9×13, set aside.


Pulse graham crackers in the food processor until finey ground or you can used pre boxed graham cups.

In a large bowl mix together crumbs, melted butter, salt until combined.  Place mixture into pan and press into bottom.

Sprinkle coconut over crust.

Sprinkle chocolate chips over coconut.

Pour condensed milk over mix.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes until edges are lightly brown.

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55 Responses to Chocolate Coconut Bars

  1. Now that’s a dangerous recipe. ;)

  2. these have many names where i’m from, but i like to call them just plain addictive. gorgeous photos!

  3. That’s so cool! To have a recipe dedicated to you….These bars look amazingly good! And being easy is a good thing!

  4. DO NOT be embarrassed about how easy these are! They sound perfect for prepping on a weeknight to bring in to work, where no one needs to know how quick they were to toss together :)

    If you inspired a a taco recipe, it must be great so I’ll check it out!

  5. Nothing embarrassing about being easy…:) These bars look awesome and I think the way you made them into tarts is adorable!

  6. These are so good. Yummy – I have just got to make these soon and you make it sound just so simple that tehre is simply not excuse not to! Love it Vianney and the pics are gorgeous too :)

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  7. Ooooh, my grandmother used to make these bars! But I love that you mad ethem in little tart molds. So cute. Yum!

  8. I wanted to tell you I had to interview Diana Barrios for work for a story I was doing…she was so nice!

  9. I love the idea of putting bar recipes into a tart shell. Brilliant.

  10. I forgot to tell you that I came from Sweet and…….

    I was too involved admiring this.

  11. These treats are gorgeous, my mom used to make me something like this when I was little. Good thing I burned ‘em off really quick as a kid. Your photos are wonderful :) xo

  12. This looks awesome! Yum!

  13. These are brilliant and just the right size! My hubby would be so happy if I made these for him for lunch. Nicely done and good looking recipe. ;)

  14. A friend of mine used to make me similar treats to cheer me up…and unfortunately cheered my pounds way up too in the process. No matter…she was the best…just like this amazing sweetness ;o)

    I shall make these for her this time around…it’s been so long!

    Ciao for now,

  15. Oh that’s heaven to me all wrapped up nice and warm in a portable container! YUM!!!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner

  16. I love the use of the little tart pan to make these look all the more special. How delicious!

  17. Chocolate and coconut?? Baby, they’re singin our song ;) LOOOOOOVE these – you know I am so gonna try this, soon as I can zip up my jeans again *sigh*

  18. It looks so yummy and interesting seems easy to make. I will have to try this soon :)

  19. I’m swooning! How insanely delicious! I don’t blame you for making them 5 times – completely addicting!

  20. I. MUST. HAVE. THIS. wow.

  21. oh. my. gosh. those look soooooo good!

  22. It just so happens that I have a potluck tomorrow and needed to bring a dessert! Thanks for sharing because now I have something EASY to make!
    Missed you too! I haven’t been around the blogosphere much since summer is so darn busy and I hate to spend my time on the computer!

  23. Mmm I love how chock full of goodies that looks! :o

  24. These look delicious — I really like the new site design, too!

  25. I’m so glad you have no shame :) These look delicious!

  26. Chocolate and coco two of my favorites. Gorgeous photos. Congrats on inspiring people, keep it up!

  27. You are so funny! I wish I had some of these treats right now! No more sweets…but these look really good! :)

  28. Ohh, those are so cute! Especially how some of the chocolate chips look like hearts. & hey, any combo of chocolate, condensed milk, and coconut is amazing in my books =P.
    It’s blowing my mind that all you really have to do for these is layer ingredients, you never cease to amaze me =).
    Oh, and as an aspiring psychologist, I’m going to say that reminders of your baking abilities are good for promoting your sense of self-efficacy and stuff ;).

    P.S: Oh, did I type that name in a comment once? Oops =P. Thank you, but that’s actually a nickname that gets used mostly when the “n” key on my laptop is being fussy. In my real name there’s an “n” between the two “i”s. But shhh =3.

    ~Kurious Kitteh

  29. You may think these are crazy easy…but I think they are crazy delicious! I’m so glad you posted them!

  30. Oh wow…these look gorgeous. They are works of arts, and I’ll bet you fooled everyone into thinking you spent hours on them! Haha, I’m glad you found out the greatness of pre-crushed graham cracker crust. ;-)

  31. always like an easy recipe, these do remind me of another bar, but then, there are so many……..thanks for the shout-out…great pics….

  32. I was reading your list of ingredients thinking: she is seriously kidding! That easy? can’t be!
    Now I have to make them, with digestive biscuits or whatever! they sounds so sinfully good, so deliciously tempting and so ridiculously easy, wow!!!!!!

  33. Hello dollies! I make these every Christmas, but I never thought to put them in a tart pan!

  34. HAHA! If it tastes good, then your technique was perfect, eh? ;] This looks delicious, the combination of flavours sound awesome–single bits of chocolate spread out through a combo of coconut and condensed milk? That mixed with the graham cracker crust must make a divine textured experience in your mouth.

  35. Oh my Bonnie, Just when I thought it was safe to go back to my dieting routine to get rid of some extra 6 pack I have I find your post. As I will be postponing the exercise and diet routine any suggestion how to stop at one. They look so good I don’t know if one will be enough. I am in trouble.

  36. Oh Bonnie…they look so pretty, I don’t blame you for been picking on them. How can you resist? Nice picture. :-D

  37. Stop it – I just can’t take it!! Quick, delicious and waaayyyyy to easy to show these to The Professor – oh heavens!

  38. I can see why you’ve had to make them so often! It’s the perfect sweat combination! That fact that they are easy to make just takes them to the next level!

  39. Is there anything better than a coconuty chocolatey treat for an afternoon tea? This looks extremely yummy!

  40. These are perfectly wonderful…they look so amazing. I would love for someone to make this kind of treat for me :)

  41. I can’t look at these for long too as I will be so deprived …

  42. I love how your recipes are so simple yet so amazing

  43. These remind me of Magic Cookie Bars without the nuts.

    I really like the small tart size. I will keep this in mind for future use.

    No need to be embarassed of doing simple things. This was simple, and spot on perfect as a mini tart. A keeper!

    Nice of Drick’s to honor you!


  44. No shame love! These look scrumptious in those little tart pans, and I”m shocked how easy they are to throw together. I am duly impressed! And I know they taste amazing because with those ingredients…how could they not?

  45. okay, okay!!!! It’s not just because she’s my sister, it not because she’s my best friend, and its not because she’s the coolest person I know but I tell you what these chocolate coconut bars are TOTALLY AWESOME!!!! I would know because she made some for my family when we arrived at her house to visit. Glad you posted these bars because I’ve been craving these!!! Thanks sis and love you

    • @Chulavsski…well.. well… little sis, glad you dropped by for a visit…ah mija, thanks for your comment, I knew you would love therse why do you think I made them? not that it had anything to do with me! lol, love ya little sis…kisses, send my love to marcella and izzy and tell them my heart misses them..

  46. LOL! I’m glad you have no shame. Heh heh heh! These look DELISH!

    Hey! It’s pretty cool that you have a post dedicated to you. ;-)

    Paz (who thanks you for telling her about packaged ground graham crumbs )

  47. GULP these looks like reese cups !!! Omg I would love to make some!!! Love coconut too.

  48. Wow, these really look so yummie…chocolate and coconut, what a great match!

  49. Chocolate and coconut!! My favorite things in dessert! This looks absolutely delicious!

  50. Oh Bonnie, you are wrong for this, girl (smile)! These look so good. In fact, I can’t look at them for too long, as I’m already jonesin’ for something sweet. I need to eat a piece of fruit or something…
    I’m going to send this to my sister, Hannah. I know she would love something sweet and easy like this-she’s in nursing school, so she needs easy sustenance!
    I’m going over to Drick’s now.
    p.s. Tell Chuls I said ‘hi!’…Pips too!

  51. These sound so good, love the coconut and the chocolate chips!

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