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Coconut Dream Bars

These decadent Gluten-Free Coconut Dream Bars are a layered treat that's perfect for EASTER!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Chilling time2 hrs
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 320kcal

Ingredients

Oat/Pecan Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 7 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Coconut Layer

  • 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Caramel Layer

  • 1 11-oz. bag caramels
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Chocolate Layer

  • 3 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 4 oz. dark chocolate, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Oat/Pecan Crust: In a food processor, pulse the oats and the pecans until mixture resembles a fine crumble. Add the brown sugar and salt and pulse a few more times until combined. Place mixture in a bowl and add the melted butter. Mix with a fork until well combined. Press dough into the prepared pan. Bake on the middle rack of oven for 15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Coconut Layer: Spread coconut on a large baking sheet and toast in oven for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned, tossing with a spatula to promote even browning. Keep a close eye, because it goes from lightly browned to burnt rather quickly. Remove from oven. Let cool for a few minutes, then stir in the can of sweetened condensed milk until well combined. Spread mixture evenly on top of oat/pecan crust. Place in refrigerator.
  • Caramel Layer: Combine caramels and heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until caramels have melted and mixture is well combined. Pour mixture over top of coconut layer and spread evenly. Place in refrigerator until caramel has set, about 15 minutes.
  • Chocolate Layer: In a small saucepan, heat whipping cream and butter to a boil over medium heat; turn off heat. Add dark chocolate and let stand 5 minutes without stirring. After 5 minutes, stir with wire whisk until mixture is totally melted and smooth. Pour over caramel layer, spreading evenly. Let stand at room temperature for one hour, then refrigerate for at least two hours before cutting into bars. Cover and refrigerate remaining bars.

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.9mg