These Coconut Almond Bars are a delightful homemade candy bar recipe filled with toasted coconut and topped with chocolate, caramel, and crunchy almonds!
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News Alert: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Do you have plans?
After many years of marriage and motherhood, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have the same thrill as it did years ago. But, it’s still a day to show those around you that you love and care for them.
And my favorite way to do that is to bake something special.
Today’s Coconut Almond Bars might just be the perfect Valentine’s dessert idea for you and your loved ones!
Years ago I decided that the days between New Years and Valentine’s Day should be filled with coconut. After all, the fluffy white treat reminds me of snow! However, I prefer my coconut toasted. I love the sweet flavor that comes through after cooking. It’s the same thing that happens when you roast your vegetables. Okay. Maybe it’s not THE SAME THING, but you get my point. Right?
Toasting the coconut first gives these bars a delicious sweet crunch! And the corn syrup gives the crust a sweet, chewy texture. So let’s all agree: crunchy, chewy bars are the best. Oh wait, and these have chocolate AND caramel too. What’s NOT to love?
How to make Coconut Almond Bars
I used THIS recipe as a starting point for today’s treat! Adding in some almond extract to the crust and the filling gave the bars depth in flavor.
Use baking spray to coat your baking dish. Or line it with parchment paper. The sticky filling might adhere to your pan, otherwise.
While the crust is baking (for about 5-6 minutes) whip up the filling. It’s going to be very thick, so be careful when adding it on top of your crust. I used a scoop to drop tablespoons of filling evenly over my bottom layer.
When the bars are done baking, immediately sprinkle on your chocolate chips. I also added the caramel and sliced almonds at this time too. I didn’t spread my chocolate like the original recipe stated, and it turned out just fine this way. They remind me of those ooey, gooey Magic Bars!
Once cooled, store these in the refrigerator. You’ll love the chilled flavor and it keeps them from getting too soft! ENJOY.
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Recipe originally published February 4, 2016