Key Lime Coconut Bars

These Key Lime Coconut Bars are loaded with bright, tropical flavors…and they make for one heck of a delicious summer dessert!

These Key Lime Coconut Bars are loaded with bright, tropical flavors...and they make for one heck of a delicious summer dessert!Here we are.  Smack in the middle of the dog days of summer.  Contrary to popular opinion, it actually does get pretty hot here in upstate New York.  Granted, maybe it’s not the “melt the bottom of your shoes” heat that I’m used to from my days in Louisiana and Atlanta.  And sure, the heat only lasts for a couple of weeks before we head off into Fall temperatures.  But that’s ok…I’ve been soaking in this July heat and loving it!  Oh, and what exactly are the dog days of summer?  I know my dogs don’t really enjoy the super hot days.  I’m sure I could search the interwebs for an answer, but I find it more fun to just guess at the meaning!  Speaking of summer fun, there’s something about the heat that just makes me crave tropical flavors.  Say hello to these Key Lime Coconut Bars!  These citrus-y treats are one of my latest dessert addictions, and they’re the perfect sweet treat to enjoy at the end of a hot summer day.

These Key Lime Coconut Bars are loaded with bright, tropical flavors...and they make for one heck of a delicious summer dessert!Earlier this summer, I made this delicious Classic Key Lime Pie.  While I was standing in the kitchen squeezing these tiny little Key limes, it made me wonder why we don’t use Key limes more often.  Don’t get me wrong, the Key Lime Pie is a summer staple, and deservedly so…but we need to share the Key lime love with other summer desserts!  That’s when it hit me.  What if I take my Lemon Coconut Bars, and just replace the lemon with Key lime?  I filed this way in the corner of my brain labeled “Do This Later.”  (That corner of my brain is getting kinda cluttered lately…does anyone else have this problem?)  Well, later arrived and so did these Key Lime Coconut Bars.  And woah are they delicious!

These Key Lime Coconut Bars are loaded with bright, tropical flavors...and they make for one heck of a delicious summer dessert!The best part of these Key Lime Coconut Bars is that they are served chilled.  This means that you can make them ahead and just pull ’em out later with no effort.  You can make them the day before and store them in the fridge overnight.  Heck, you can even make ’em in the middle of the night.  Standing in your kitchen with your pj’s on.  I won’t judge.  Ok, maybe making Key Lime Coconut Bars at 2:30am is a little strange, but I still won’t judge.  No matter when you decide to make these treats, I can promise you that you won’t be able to eat just one!  (In fact, you should probably just go ahead and make a double batch.  If there are any leftovers, I’ll be happy to take them off of your hands.)

These Key Lime Coconut Bars are loaded with bright, tropical flavors...and they make for one heck of a delicious summer dessert!

Key Lime Coconut Bars

These Key Lime Coconut Bars are loaded with bright, tropical flavors...and they make for one heck of a delicious summer dessert!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Chilling Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 158kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar plus more for garnishing
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3 tablespoons key lime juice about 8-10 key limes
  • 2 teaspoons key lime zest
  • ½ cup shredded coconut

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8" square baking pan.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour and powdered sugar with melted butter. Mix until well combined. Press into the bottom of the 8" pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 350°F.
  • Meanwhile, mix the remaining ingredients (sugar, baking powder, eggs, key lime juice, key lime zest and coconut) in a medium bowl.
  • Once baked, remove crust from the oven and pour the key lime mixture on top. Bake for another 25 minutes.
  • Chill before slicing. Garnish with powdered sugar just before serving.

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18 Comments

  1. Hello Key Lime Coconut Bars! WOA I think I could wake up at 2.30am and eat these heavenly squares – not sure my brain functions well enough at that time for me to attempt to make these though – the older I get, the more sleep I seem to need – isn’t that supposed to be the opposite though??? hmmm…

    Btw, it was 60 here in Atl this am – Iam not sure where summer has gone to – in my books, 5 days of 90+ degree weather does not help the bottom of your shoes melt off completely! I wanna redo! 🙂

    1. Woah! 60° in Atlanta?? That definitely isn’t melt your shoes kinda weather. It’s not supposed to hit 60 until like November down there! Heck, we were in the mid-50’s which is chilly for us this time of the year. I need more summer time…if for nothing else than the excuse to make more summer desserts! 🙂

      P.S. I agree with you about the sleep. I wake up early every day…but I swear I need more sleep. I think my body clock is out of batteries.

    1. Wait, all forms of coconut? There’s more than one kind of coconut? 🙂 I’m sorry you can’t enjoy these delicious treats, Becca…but if you aren’t going to eat yours, then can I have it?

      1. No, Mr. Nutty, I mean all forms, as in the coconut meat, the milk, the extract, the flour, and the gosh darned shell even makes me break out in hives when I touch it.

        Fine… eat my slice, but fair warning… I’m gonna hoarde your nuts next week!… LMAO

  2. Maybe I will be the FIRST to break into the “Put the Lime in the Coconut” song?!!
    (You’ll never get that song out of the head for the rest of the day, sorry.)
    But seriously, I have read recently that mixing Lime and Coconut has cancer-fighting abilities!
    So eat up!

    1. Wait, so I can eat these Key Lime Coconut Bars for dessert AND fight cancer at the same time? Sign me up for that one!

      “You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up…” <--- thanks a lot for that one, SueAnn!

    1. Key limes are really fun to bake with, Dannii! They’re small, so you need a ton of ’em…but they’re just a little different than regular limes. You totally need to give key lime pie a shot! 🙂

  3. Funny, I always wonder where these saying come from. I know my dog isn’t liking the heat. Minute the door opens she bolts in and plops herself on the cool wood floor. Although we have been cooler than past few days, maybe fall isn’t too far away.
    Either way I love this recipe. Key lime and coconut sound amazing.

    1. Yeah I think Fall is starting to creep around slowly here…we hit mid-50’s here last night! I can still use a couple more weeks of summer, though! Key lime and coconut bars don’t sound so appetizing in the middle of the winter!

  4. They look sooooo delicious! Lemon bars are my favorite, but I need to try key lime bars now. Love the addition of coconut. Yum, Take care, Terra

    1. Lemon bars are one of my favorites, too, Terra! But now these key lime + coconut ones are putting up a good fight. That batch didn’t last long in our house!!

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