I get recipe inspiration from many different places. Sometimes it is from completely non-food related things like memories, and sometimes it is from trying to recreate something I have eaten or seen. This recipe is my attempt to recreate some coconut fudge bars that my mom bought for us to take to school. I loved those things and saw them again when I was at the store this week. Rather than buying them I decided to try to make them myself. Here are the results! They are chewy, sweet, and nutty! They are slightly different than the coconut fudge bars purchased at the store, but of course, they don’t have all the “extra” ingredients either.
When you are making these, make sure to use the parchment paper, or tin foil if you have nothing else. If you put them directly on the cookie sheet you will be prying them off with a butter knife, which might even slip and scrape your fingers…. yeah, that doesn’t feel too good and I learned my lesson after the first time.
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups coconut flakes
1/4 cup chopped almonds
3 TBS oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tsp coconut extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Combine the oats, coconut flakes and almonds in a mixing bowl and set aside. Combine the oil, honey, corn syrup and coconut extract in a sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture is melted and quite runny (not quite boiling).
Pour the syrup mixture into the mixing bowl with the oats and coconut flakes. Stir the mixture until everything is evenly coated.
Place parchment paper over a cookie sheet. Lightly spray the parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop the oat mixture onto the cookie sheet and spread it out evenly. Let the bars cool slightly.
Melt the chocolate chips (I melted mine in the zip-lock bag) and put them in a zip-lock sandwich bag. Cut a small hole in the bag and drizzle the chocolate over the coconut bars. Allow to cool completely. Remove the coconut bars from the parchment paper and cut them into squares.