These Chocolate Coconut Bars are filled with a delicious coconut filling and topped with chocolate ganache. The perfect summer time dessert when you are craving a bit of the tropics with your chocolate.
Last week we were at the beach, and we decided to take a day to explore some state parks. Everyone had gotten a little sunburned throughout the week, and we thought a day out of the sun (kind of) would be best. We packed up a cooler with some water and apples and headed out. It was about a 30 minute drive to where we thought the park was, so we let the kids play on their ipods until we got there. As we got closer to the state park, the drive was getting prettier and prettier. The road we were on had trees growing up and around the road creating a tunnel of tree branches and Spanish moss. It was gorgeous!
We told the kids to go ahead and shut off the electronic devices and look at the beautiful scenery. Imagine our disbelief when our youngest piped up and asked “what is scenery?”. Kids these days are so used to being on their ipods, Xboxes, and TV that they are unimpressed with the nature and beauty that is all around them. It might be a very long summer for our kiddos…because we are giving them a set time limit each day for all those electronic devices. They are going to have to use their imaginations and their toys this summer.
We finally found one of the parks and set out on a trail. Of course I forgot to pack the bug spray. This made for a very interesting (and funny) hike. There were some flies and mosquitoes that just wouldn’t stop buzzing our heads. It was so comical as I watched our city kids walk the trail swatting the air like mad. I don’t think they were liking this “scenery”, but we pressed on and finished the hike. We even found another park and did another 2 mile hike through the sand and forest. This one had a little less bug swatting…maybe they were just used to the bugs by then? It also might have been the snake we found up in a tree that distracted them. The rest of the hike was made with everyone’s eye’s looking towards the heavens. No one wanted a snake to drop down uninvited on their head.
I wish I had been swatting away these chocolate coconut bars after I made them. They were so down right delicious that I just couldn’t stop eating bite after bite. I have a thing for adding coconut to my baked goods. Check out these Caramel Coconut Bars and these Lemon Magic Bars. Both are filled with that shredded goodness. It is my way of bringing some of the tropics into my desserts.
Lucky for me (and my jean capris), my husband decided to visit the guys from his old job the next day. I pretty much threw all the chocolate cake bars into a box and swatted them out the door. Then I promptly wished I had kept one hidden bar to munch on.
These are too dangerous to have in the house…just so you know. I wouldn’t make them unless you have willpower of steel or have a picnic to go too. Just thought you might like to have that little warning before giving them a try.
But seriously, do make them!!! I promise you, if you love coconut and you love chocolate, these bars will be your new best friend. I definitely can’t wait to make another batch.
Other easy coconut filled bars that you won’t be able to resist making and eating: