Coconut Fudge Bars

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.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

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3 thoughts on “Coconut Fudge Bars

  1. Ooh! It just so happens I have all the ingredients on hand to make these! (Except corn syrup… Would maybe honey work in its place? Just double up on the honey?) And I think I'll use coconut oil – it'll add to the coconutty-ness! Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yep, honey works too! It will have a little different flavor of course, but healthier! :) One plus of the corn syrup is that it helps hold the granola bars together better, once it cools. You might try baking the granola bars in the oven for about 5 minutes if you just use honey, because it will help firm them up a bit so they don't fall apart. If you bake them for more than 10 minutes they become incredibly hard to separate from the parchment paper or the pan….

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