Monday, July 21, 2014

Cherry Coconut Bars {traditional and gluten free recipes}

Cherry Coconut Bars (traditional and gluten free recipes) by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Fresh cherries and coconut are baked into a gooey, sweetly tart filling over a crisp shortbread crust. These bars were a huge hit with friends and family when I made them and there wasn't a single bar leftover. With fresh cherries finally in abundance, I'm making the most of them while they last. The season (read: the inexpensive cherries) will only last a few weeks and we've been eating cherries almost every day.

For more cherry inspiration, check out a few more great recipes!
COOK'S NOTE: If you would like to double this recipe, it will fill a standard 9x13 pan. You can make this recipe in an 8, 9 or 10 inch square pan. Simply increase the cooking times by a minute or two for slightly thicker bars in the smaller size pans. If you decide to double the recipe, the bars freeze well and thaw perfectly in less than an hour.

Cherry Coconut Bars {traditional and gluten free recipes}
Yield: 12 bars

Crust Ingredients:
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup light brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour *
* Substitute 1/3 cup tapioca starch plus 2/3 cup brown rice flour for a gluten free recipe.

Filling Ingredients:
1 cup pitted and diced fresh sweet cherries, about 2 cups worth whole cherries
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/3 cup light brown sugar
¼ cup all purpose flour **
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, about 1/2 the juice of a small lemon
** Substitute 1/4 cup brown rice flour for a gluten free recipe.

Topping Ingredients:
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir together the butter, sugar and flour for the crust and press the mixture into the bottom of a well-greased or parchment lined 10” square pan. Doubling this recipe will fill a 9x13 pan. Bake for 12 minutes (or 15 minutes for a doubled recipe).

Remove from the oven and let the crust cool for 10 minutes while preparing the filling. Place the diced cherries and 1 cup of shredded coconut in a bowl. Sprinkle with flour, brown sugar and salt. Stir to coat. Mix together the eggs, almond extract and lemon juice and stir into the cherry mixture.

Pour the filling over the crust and top with the remaining coconut. Bake for 25-27 minutes, until the coconut turns golden brown. Let cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!

Fresh Cherry Coconut Bars (traditional and gluten free recipes) by Barefeet In The Kitchen


  1. These looks delicious Mary! I've been looking for a recipe to use up the cherries I have!

  2. I'm making these right now!

  3. These are fantastic! I subbed in unsweetened coconut flakes rather than the sweetened shreds, and just sprinkled some muscovadomsugar on top to accent the sweetness - theyr'e jammy, tart, sweet without going overboard, and I love the texture!