Coconut and Lime are 2 of my favorite ingredients. Put them together with sugar... mmm. I've been wanting to make these tempting bars for awhile now, but just never have. After the Teacher Appreciation mexican lunch we served a few weeks ago, I had an excess of limes. So, it was time!
This recipe was everything I wanted. It has a nice crust both on top and on bottom, with a creamy lime center. The sugar cuts the tartness of the lime, and the coconut is a perfect touch. Fast and easy, these would make a great dessert for a barbeque or pot-luck!
Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars
Adapted from Baking Bites
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teas baking powder
1/2 teas salt
1/2 cup rolled oats, whole or quick cooking
1/2 cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 teas lime zest
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and grease lightly.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add in flour, baking powder and salt and mix until everything comes together in a crumbly mixture and flour is evenly distributed. Mix in oats and coconut. Mixture will be somewhat dry and sandy.
In a medium bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, lime juice and lime zest.
Put 2 cups of the oat mixture into the bottom of prepared baking dish and press firmly into an even layer. Pour lime mixture on top and spread evenly. Crumble all remaining oat mixture over the top of the lime mixture, covering it completely.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.
Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.
Store in refrigerator, or at normal room temp.
Makes 25 squares.