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Recipe Thursday-Chocolate Coconut Almond Bars

Posted on June 18th, 2015 | Posted in Dessert, Recipes

chocolate almond coconut bars (1 of 1)

I love coconut and have made macaroons and granola with it, but this was a first making a macaroon style bar. This is an easy recipe to make and a nice twist on a traditional dessert bar. After I made them my friend reminded me that they are basically a homemade Almond Joy bar! Yum.

Note: I multiplied this recipe to fit it into a 9×13-inch pan. I did one whole recipe and then 1/3 of the recipe. Worked perfectly!

Yield 12 servings
Ingredients
3 egg whites (331017, 6/5#)
½ cup granulated sugar (991842, 50#, Golden Barrel)
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (NFC1055, GAL, 3Star)
¼ teaspoon almond extract (NFC10915, GAL)
½ teaspoon salt (991862, 50#)
3½ cups sweetened shredded coconut (991903, 25#)
1¼ cups whole almonds
1 cup chopped chocolate, melted (994011, 50#)

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment, whip the egg whites and sugar on medium speed until well incorporated and the sugar is nearly dissolved. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and salt; mix to combine.
3. Stir in the coconut by hand, then pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Press into an even layer.
4. Sprinkle the almonds over the coconut and press gently to secure.
5. Bake until the coconut begins to turn golden brown at the edges and the almonds are toasted, 20 to 25 minutes (25-30 minutes if using a 9×13-inch pan). Cool to room temperature.
6. When the coconut mixture is cool, drizzle the melted chocolate all over the surface. Transfer the pan to the refrigerator and chill until the chocolate is set.
7. Slice into 12 even squares. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve, up to three days.

Recipe from PureWow.com

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