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Blueberry Coconut Bars – Gluten-free

Blueberries & coconut are 2 of my favorite things. Chocolate & wine are #1, but I’ll save that for another post. I was reading Tina’s blog, Carrots ‘N’ Cake, a week or so ago & saw Tina talking about Blueberry Coconut Bars. The recipe was naturally gluten-free!! I decided to give them a try the other day.

I did make some modifications:

The bars were super easy to mix up & bake. The kitchen smelled awesome while they were baking.

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Holy blueberry!!! Do you see the blueberries? Hands down my favorite part! These bars tasted phenomenal!! They were a little crumbly, but who cares! Even Jon, my picky, coconut-hating child, ate these! Of course I didn’t exactly share the ingredients with him before he chowed down! HA! He did detect the coconut, but it wasn’t enough to stop him from inhaling 4 bars when he got home from school. His only complaint? Too many blueberries! He said he loved the flavor.

Thanks Tina for a wonderful recipe!!

13 comments to Blueberry Coconut Bars – Gluten-free

  • Hey Kim, these sound and look delicious! Coconut and blueberries are some of my personal favorites in my gluten-free cereal, and we now offer both as organic ingredients.

    Just in case you haven't come across it already I wanted to point you to an outstanding guide on gluten-free baking from the Colorado State University Extension. This guide includes an overview of replacement products, gluten-free flour blends, and tips on how to improve texture and structure. Crumbly is the nature of the gluten-free baking beast but the tips they give can mitigate this at least to some degree. Download the guide here: http://www.customchoicecereal.com/gluten_free/adv

  • Girl it looks like you know how to eat! I'm adding your website to my blogroll. I like what I see. :)

  • Hajo – Thank you!! I appreciate the link. Saved that file.

    Kelly – Thank you! :) Are you from the Columbus area? I saw that you guys were in the Hilliard area recently.

    Kim

  • If Jon liked them, then I am giving these a go (I am a coconut hater too, but I am hoping it will grow on me!), thanks Kim!

  • Kim

    LOL Heidi!! Yeah, he ate a bunch more today – they are almost gone. Coconut flour is very nutritious & I am hoping to use it in more recipes soon. I think it helped that I used 1/2 unsweetened coconut b/c it is in much finer shreds.

  • Woohoo … naturally gluten free and you and your son love them–wonderful!

    Shirley

  • Okay, so I just made them but they fell apart (the taste is excellent though!). I just double checked the ingredients on Tina's site to make I didn't miss anything and noticed that the last ingredient says 1/2 Vanilla Soy Milk (didn't catch it the first time around but I subconsciously used 1/2 cup), is that how much you used?

    I also noticed that you said you used 1/2 cup sweetened coconut and 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut but Tina just listed 1/2 cup coconut altogether…??

    Pretty much, mine didn't bind together and I'm just trying to figure out why because like I said, the flavor is AWESOME, this would be a great breakfast for the boys!! :-)

  • Kim

    Mine were a little crumbly, but didn't fall completely apart. I wonder if I used a whole cup of coconut! LOL! No, I didn't, I used 1/4 cup of each. I need to go change that. I did use a 1/2 cup of almond milk. Did you use coconut flour? I wonder if adding an egg or flax egg would help bind them together?

  • I did use the coconut flour, that is one very cool GF flour! I used rice milk since that is all I had on hand, but I was wondering the same thing about the flax egg, since the recipe called for the flax meal, I will try again but combine the flax with water to make the "egg." I'll keep you posted.

    Thanks Kim!!

  • Kim

    Yes, please keep me posted. ;)

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  • Hope

    I'm a brand new vegan and am trying to find this recipe on your site along with a few others and can't. Are they just older?? HELP please~my children are revolting at the thought of began vegan and losing their desserts. :)

  • Kim

    Hope,

    Here is the original recipe:

    http://carrotsncake.com/2010/03/i-dont-sing.html

    I modified it slightly:

    I used Lara’s Gluten-free Oats from Cream Hill Estates

    I used Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze in place of the soy milk

    I used 1/4 cup sweetened coconut & 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

    What other recipes can I help you find?

    Kim

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