Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars
If you’re nuts about coconut desserts, then you need to make this Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars recipe. These bars are loaded with the goodness of tangy cream cheese filling that screams of lime flavor but not overpowering. Coconut and lime might sound like an odd combination, and that is what is great about this recipe. The flavors are “married” together that will give you everlasting memories of taste. The recipe starts off with a delicious buttery crust and then layered with the softest cream cheese filling on top of which there is another layer of coconut frosting. The fact that cream cheese ages in the fridge as it sits also makes these bars taste like the bomb. It is recommended that you make these bars well ahead in time so that the guests can enjoy the optimum flavor.
For the crust in this recipe, you can also Graham crackers or other types of crusts like ‘Digestive’ or ‘Rich Tea biscuits,' ladyfingers or shortbread. You could also use lemon or vanilla flavored wafers which add a wonderful flavor to the recipe or use saltine cracker crust as the saltiness of the crackers adds a great flavor and balances the overall sweetness well. Often coconut milk dessert recipes use coconut cream over coconut milk. Do not be confused between coconut cream and coconut milk. Coconut cream usually comes in a can, and you can easily find it in Asian food stores. In fact, the higher the fat content, the better it is for achieving that perfectly creamy coconut frosting in desserts. Do not buy the coconut milk that is sold in the milk aisle because it is a lot thin in consistency and usually good only for adding in coffee and not in desserts. If you want to, you can toast the coconut flakes just until they turn light brown to add a touch of toasted flavor to the bars. Make sure you don't burn the coconut flakes if you wish to toast them up.
Coconut flakes have a natural sweetness and a nutty flavor that adds a distinct taste to dessert recipes. Their dense texture is also another factor why they replace food grains. Coconut flour is one of the top preferred flours among other grain flours because to begin with it is not a flour but coconut that is finely ground. Coconut flour is low in carb and healthier because of its fiber content. Always use unsweetened coconut flakes to get maximum health benefits and to keep it low in sugar. Since there is sweetened condensed milk already added to the recipe, you probably may not want your treats way too sweeter. You can find unsweetened coconut flakes at any health food store or baking store and sometimes called as ‘desiccated’ coconut. You can shredded coconut in your kitchen by tossing coconut bits into a blender or a coffee grinder and break them down until you get a coarse texture. Besides the essential health benefits that unsweetened coconut nutrition has to offer, it is also low in carbs and supplies lauric acid to your system which is known for being antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. There is no better excuse than this to make treats that have coconut in them.
Thank you to Erica, Echo and Emily at the Favorite Family Recipes food blog for sharing this Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars recipe with us. Do visit her blog for more coconut desserts and other dessert recipes. This easy coconut bars recipe is wonderfully tempting if you love the flavor of fresh lime and coconut. Make this coconut goodness for everyone today!
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