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Coconut Cherry Bars Recipe #SundaySupper

Coconut Cherry Bars Recipe

This #SundaySupper challenge is all about Farmers Markets and local foods. I’m extremely lucky to live in California. Did you catch the Slate article about California produce? Yeah, “99 percent of artichokes, 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots” and the list goes on.

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And I get all of these fine things at my local farmers markets! I have to say it was weird the first time I saw celery at a farmers market. People eat celery? Huh. Anyway, this year I’ve been on the hunt for cherries. Cherries aren’t a super crop here in California but we do grow some a bit northeast of my house. I was going to go cherry picking but all of the u-pick farms have been canceling each week. The crops just flopped. Boo.

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So what’s a girl to do? Well, pay out the nose for cherries instead of getting a pedicure. Cherries are way better anyway.  The key to fresh fruit in desserts like bars and muffins is to not overload the batter with fruit. I know, I want a bit of fruit in each tiny bite just like you do but you really do mess with the moisture and sometimes the product won’t cook all the way through. This recipe only has about 10 cherries in the full 8×8 pan. Chopped small you can still get cherries in each piece but not enough to make it a gooey under-baked mess. If you want a full on fruit assault try a pie or something with a little bit of crust instead of something cake like.

Coconut Cherry Bars Recipe

Coconut Cherry Bars Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg replacer (prepared)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/3 cup fresh cherries, chopped
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º
  2. Cream margarine until fluffy. Add granulated sugar gradually. Mix in egg replacer and vanilla.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into creamed mixture.
  4. Stir in nuts, cherries and coconut.
  5. Spread dough in a greased 8 inch pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bars are firm in the center. Cool slightly. Cut.
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Appetizers & Salads

Garlic Scape Dip from The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen
Onion Bacon Jam with Bread n’ Brie from Gotta Get Baked
Kale & Pepita Pesto from girlichef
Garden Quinoa Salad from The Urban Mrs
Grilled Cherry Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad from Pescetarian Journal
Watermelon-Feta Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle from The Weekend Gourmet

Soups & Sides

Watermelon Gazpacho from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Classic Gazpacho from Curious Cuisiniere
Pea Soup from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Pickled Garlic Scapes from kimchi MOM
Cheesy Zucchini Hodge Podge from Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Succotash from Magnolia Days
3 Easy Japanese Spinach Recipes from NinjaBaking.com
Michigan-Made Meal with Seasoned Potato Chips from Foxes Love Lemons

Entrees

Summer Veggie Pizza from Country Girl In The Village
Tomato Pie from The Hand That Rocks The Ladle
Kitchen Sink Vegetable Curry from What Smells So Good?
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Cheesy Zucchini Fritters from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Three Sauces with Summer Herbs to Transform a Simple Grilled Dinner from Cook the Story
Vegetable Quesadillas from Cookin’ Mimi
Mushroom Scallion Risotto from Vintage Kitchen Notes
Lemony Summer Linguine with Grilled Vegetables from Neighborfood
Pasta alla Norma Nuda from Juanita’s Cocina
Arugula Pizza from Family Foodie

Desserts

Peach Cobbler from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Coconut Cherry Bars from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Lightened Up Peach and Blueberry Cobbler from Peanut Butter and Peppers

Cherry Brandy Cobbler from The Wimpy Vegetarian
Peach Maple Ice Cream from Pies and Plots
Cherry Clafoutis from Food Lust People Love
Roasted Figs with Caramel, Honey Ice Cream and Aged Balsamic from Crazy Foodie Stunts
Peach Ice Cream Paletas from Basic N Delicious
Gluten Free Sour Cherry Cake from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies

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  1. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says

    I love your bars! Cherry bars are one of my favorites! This looks simply incredible!!
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  2. Jen @JuanitasCocina says

    LOVE how easy this is! I bet you could sub other fruit too!

  3. Liz says

    Did you say coconut? And cherries? Wow, these bars look and sound amazing!!!!

  4. Laura Dembowski says

    Cherry cake is always a great summer treat! I am surprised to hear you don’t have lots of cherries around there, as it seems many in my grocery store come from CA. I want to move to CA sooooo badly!
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    • Shannon says

      Maybe they are shipping them all out! Yesterday I found some at a farm stand but they were still so pricey :(

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  5. Debra Elliott says

    Yummy! I love cherries

  6. Sarah says

    That looks fantastic!

  7. Renee says

    I think I’d go for the cherries instead of a pedicure too. So true about not overloading the batter with them. I’ve had a first hand experience with that one.

  8. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes says

    I would be one to exchange a pedicure for some cherries! I want to try the idea of cherries with coconut, sounds yummy!

  9. The Wimpy Vegetarian says

    Oh man, I shouldn’t be looking at this when I’m hungry. These bars look fantastic. I did cherries and coconut too – love the combination. I’m going to have to make yours now this week :-)

  10. Nancy @ gottagetbaked says

    I’d way rather have cherries than a manicure! Especially when I can make a delicious bar as good looking as these ones. Yum!
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  11. Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite says

    I love cherries. This recipe sounds incredible, I am really thinking my plan on giving up sugar for a month is going to be a tough one

  12. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) says

    As an East Coaster, I never understood why my Californian friends always complained about the produce in the East Coast. Now after having lived in SF, I totally see the light. And I seriously miss the produce and markets.

    These Cherry Bars look and sound awesome.

  13. Family Foodie says

    Coconut and cherry sounds like an amazing combination of flavors. These bars look delicious and great for summer!

  14. Jane's Adventures in Dinner says

    Brilliant! I am totally making these for our next bookclub.
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  15. lina lee says

    I shall try this recipe soon! :D

  16. Cindys Recipes and Writings says

    Cherries and coconut sound like a winner to me!

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