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Easy Pineapple Coconut Cake Bars

This recipe will teach you how to make quick and easy pineapple coconut cake bars that are perfect for snacking on. They’re an excellent grab and go option to bring along for outdoor ventures to the park for that quick burst of energy.

How to Make Pineapple Coconut Cake Bars

Follow these recipe directions to make the creamy coconut filling and topping for your cake bars:

  • Preheat the oven. Preheat your oven to 350℉.
  • Begin with the filling. Add the can of crushed pineapple in juice, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice to a saucepan and mix to combine.
  • Boil. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat, stirring frequently.
  • Cook. Reduce the heat and cook over medium heat for about 7 minutes (or until the filling is thick).
  • Pour. Pour the filling over top of the cake bar crust (see below for details on how to make the crust from scratch).
  • Bake. Bake the cake bars in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • Garnish. Remove the cake bars from the oven and sprinkle with unsweetened finely shredded coconut.
  • Cool. Allow the bars to cool completely.
  • Serve. Either serve the bars or store until ready for use.

Pineapple Coconut Cake Bars

Pineapple Coconut Cake Bars

Pineapple Coconut Cake Bars

Pineapple Coconut Cake Bars

How to Make Homemade Pineapple Coconut Cake Bar Crust

Here’s how easy it is to make the crust for your homemade pineapple coconut cake bars from scratch:

  • Preheat the oven. Preheat your oven to 350℉.
  • Prepare the baking pan. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Combine the ingredients. Add the all-purpose flour, quick oats, unsweetened finely shredded coconut and brown sugar to a bowl and mix to combine.
  • Add butter. Add the softened butter and mix to combine.
  • Press. Press the dough mixture into the prepared pan.
  • Bake. Bake the dough in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Pineapple Coconut Cake Bars

Pineapple Coconut Cake Bars

Can I Freeze These Pineapple Coconut Cake Bars for Later?

Yes, you can definitely freeze these pineapple coconut cake bars for later. Make sure that they have completely cooled and then store the cake bars in a freezer-safe airtight container with parchment paper lined between them.

You’ll be able to freeze these cake bars for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, just thaw the bars out in the fridge for an hour or so and you’ll be all set.

Pineapple Coconut Cake Bars

(Also try: Baked Pineapple Spears)

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Pineapple Coconut Cake Bars

Easy Pineapple Coconut Cake Bars

  • Author: Emma - NurturedHomes.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
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Ingredients

For the crust: 

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut

 

For the filling: 

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 can (14 oz) crushed pineapple in juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

 

For the topping: 

  • 2 tbsp unsweetened finely shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. 
  3. To make the crust, in a bowl combine the flour, oats, coconut and brown sugar.
  4. Add the butter and mix to combine. 
  5. Press the dough into the prepared pan. 
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. 
  7. To make the filling, in a saucepan combine the pineapple, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. 
  8. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring frequently. 
  9. Reduce the heat and cook over medium heat until the filling is thick, about 7 minutes. 
  10. Pour the filling over the crust. 
  11. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. 
  12. Remove from the oven. 
  13. Sprinkle with coconut. 
  14. Allow to cool completely before serving.

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