Did you ever notice how much our palates change as we get older? When I was younger, I hated Brussels sprouts, disliked cauliflower, and didn’t care for anything sour. Now, I enjoy all things tart, love Brussels sprouts, and eat cauliflower on a weekly basis. When it comes to desserts, I now steer away from chocolate and go for more fruity sweets like these pineapple coconut bars. These bars are the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Think of them as lemon bars but with pineapple and lime and a coconut crust. Sounds good, right?
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
If you’re making these pineapple coconut bars during the summer, I strongly advise you to use fresh pineapple. Canned pineapple juice would work just fine but there’s just something about fresh pineapple that makes it taste…fresher.
Just like lemon bars, this tropical version is just as easy to make. First, make the crust. Combine flour with softened butter, coconut, sugar, and a pinch of salt and press the mixture into a greased baking sheet. Bake the crust for 20 minutes or until golden brown and let it cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the pineapple filling. If you’re using fresh pineapple, blend up the pineapple until smooth. Whisk it together with some sugar, flour, eggs, lime zest, and lime juice. You can also add more lime juice if you want the bars to be more tart. Pour the filling into the crust and bake until the center is set, about 20 minutes.
And that’s it, folks! Seriously, this has to be one of the easiest desserts I’ve posted lately. Let the bars cool and slice them into 15 bars.
Top the pineapple coconut bars with toasted coconut for that extra something special. The bars may look thin but the ratio of coconut crust and filling is just right. These bars almost remind me of Taiwanese pineapple cakes, which is possibly one of the best desserts from Taiwan. Give this a try and let me know what you think!
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