Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Recipe Post: Coconut Raspberry Squares

I posted about these Coconut Raspberry Squares before, and I thought I'd share the recipe with you today.

I have heard from several people about how they have really enjoyed the Pineapple Lemon Bars from Vive. (Perhaps after Jennifershmoo posted about them, it peaked some interest for others to try them??) Who knows, but thanks to Jennifer anyway! :)

Anyhow, I thought that since some of you have been enjoying those Pineapple Lemon Bars that you would probably also like these Coconut Raspberry Squares... and if you don't have a copy of TEV, then the recipe is posted for you to print off and enjoy!

Cooking Notes: These squares are even easier to make than the Pineapple Lemon Bars, since the filling requires no prep! You can assemble them in just minutes, and then they bake for about 1/2 hour. They can also be made wheat-free using spelt or barley flour, instead of wheat flour as listed in the original recipe. You can check out some cooking tips in my original post.


Anonymous said...

I'm DEFINITELY making these! I just made the Ooey Gooey Caramel Bars (from TEV, I think) and LOVE them OMG love them, but these look like a better bar to take when I go visit my brother and sister-in-law (less gooey and more transportable). Looks like I'll be making a quick trip to the grocery store today to get some raspberry jam. :)

Michelle said...

i was just thinking of some more recipe ideas for your new cookbook. first, 2 hummus ideas (LOVE your creamy hummus!).. Roasted Garlic Hummus and Spicy Hummus (we've been getting a spicy hummus from the store, it has puree'd roasted red peppers and puree'd jalapenos in it. i know you have your chipotle-yam hummus which is nice and smoky, but this other hummus is spicy! so nice with cool veggies from the fridge).

yummmm, hummus. is there any other so perfect vegan food?

Anonymous said...


Miriam said...

I just made and blogged about the pineapple lemon bars too - they are so yummy, especially after being in the fridge! My only complaint was that it took a long time to yield a tiny amount (for us!) so next time I make them I'm tripling the recipe and freezing some. ;)

Melissa West said...

MMMMMmmmmm yummy! The pineapple bars were a hit at our house as well. They smelled delicious while baking in the oven.

Thanks for posting the recipe. A less labour intensive version (from the pineapple ones) would definitely be welcome.

Oooey Gooey Caramel Bars????? OMG! I have to get TEV. I love caramel.

Not sure if I'll get to baking those bars in the next little while, still hot and humid here and we don't have central air.

Isa said...

Those pineapple lemon bars are the best. I would definitely put them in the top 10 list of things that could turn the world vegan. I'll make these raspberry bars for an upcoming picnic, thanks!

Harmonia said...

WOW! Neat! I will have to check this out!

HELP! Need Flax Seed Oil suggestions, etc.

I posted on my blog.

Starla said...

I have made these Coconut Raspberry Squares many times since getting the cookbook, they are just so good. Over the week-end I also made the Peanut Better Cookies. They are now my new favorite vegan peanut butter cookie. Pineapple Lemon bars will be next on my agenda!

Maddy said...

Dreena - these are my second
all time favorite recipe of
yours - second only to your
chocolate cake!


Dreena said...

Yes, these are very "transportable" Stephanie - oh, and they freeze fabulously!! Those ooey gooey ones are gooey good, though... glad you have enjoyed them. :)

Hey Michelle! You are on my wavelength I think!! I have three new hummus/bean dips already finished for the book, with another almost done. I have plans for a roasted garlic dip in addition to these, though probably with white beans or another bean other than chickpeas. Thanks for the suggestions! Oh, btw, that scraped out dish from the seed bars was priceless!!

Hey new mommy Miriam!! I saw that post, and I have to tell you, I have great admiration for the fact that you even attempted those bars with such a young babe... "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy"!! Yes, double batch it for sure next time. :)

Thanks dragonslayer! Yes, these are super-easy. Just a layer of the coconut/flour mixture, spread on the jam, and sprinkle on the topping, presto, work is done! Hope you like 'em. :)

Gee, thank *you*, Isa... quite a compliment indeed. :) Let's get the rest of that top 10 list together and get the others converted fast!!

Ok, Harmonia, I'll drop by. :)

That's a sweet treat to hear, Starla - thank you! I love the pb cookies too... and too many other cookies in general!

Hey Madelyn!! You have always loved those squares, I remember you saying so way back. I'll be making the choc cake for father's day I think - definitely hubby's favorite, and then I get to pick more of the icing off of his slices. :)

EatPeacePlease said...

Yum, I see this all the time in my book and it sounds awesome. No oven for me though. I'm sick of saying that!!!

I like how you posted for those who don't have the book, and after they make anything from it, they'll want the book!

vegancore said...

Oh! These look amazing. I think I know what I'm doing on my next day off... :)

Freedom said...

Well, I didn't need you to post this recipe, as I just re-borrowed TEV from my local library - I'm loving it so much! Thankyou again for such a wonderful book!

Dreena said...

Leslie, you are the sweetest, thank you. Now, how can we encourage you to use your oven again? Something small, baking only 10 minutes or something? Bad oven!

Thanks vegancore, I hope you like them. :)

Hi freedom... that's great! So good to hear you are enjoying it, thanks for your appreciative words. :)

Harmonia said...

Check out this entry when you have own spam blocker wouldn't let me post replies to yesterday's comments within the comment area so I placed an entry! Thanks again for your help! I know I can always count on you!

Dreena said...

Good morning, Harmonia! I already popped by your place this morning and read your reply (I am an early riser)!! You are welcome, I think if you try using flax that way you'll have no trouble incorporating it into your diet. :)

Tara said...

Mmm, I think I just might make these this weekend for my church pitch-in. :)

KaiVegan said...

I thought if I don't comment on this post that the bars would go away... but it's still here! Haha.

I was actually looking at the TEV recipe the other day. It does look really good.

The Pineapple Lemon Bars was one of the 1sts recipes we tried from VLV. Unbelievably good!

You wrote, "...and if you don't have a copy of TEV, then the recipe is posted for you to print off and enjoy!"

I say, if they don't have a copy, GET ONE NOW!

Sweet Pea said...

Dreena, I made the nut bars again from Vive and you were so right about the barley malt. It made a HUGE difference. All the ingredients stuck together and they were delicious.
I also used the orange mango smoothie recipe to make popsicles.

Dreena said...

Hi Tara, if you do, pls drop a line and let me know how they turned out. :)

Kai, you are sweet talkin' me!! Seriously, how kind of you to say that - a very big thank you! :)

Hi sweet pea, oh, I am really so pleased to know that. It was starting to puzzle me since I heard from a few people that did not have a lot of success with them. So, it's a bit of a relief to know they worked for you this time round! Btw, I think you make my recipes more than I do - maybe I should just have you doing my blogging for me!!! :)

Sweet Pea said...

Dreena, That would be funny.

I keep Vive in the kitchen at all times b/c the recipes are easy to make and nutritious. I can't say that about any other cookbook.

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Dreena said...

Sweet pea, you are lovely to say that.

It means a lot, because I sometimes struggle with "should I's" when making recipes - not wanting to add too much sugar, refined stuff, oil, processed ingredients, etc. I want the food to taste good but also be healthy (for most things, anyhow, cookies/cakes usually an exception and I add in the extra sugar and oil)! So... thank you.

Laura Faye said...

I made these bars for dessert yesterday--there are only two of us and there are now only 2 bars left! My boyfriend asked me if he could have seconds...I said yes, and he came back with two bars, both for himself! LoL
Thanks for the yummy recipe, Dreena. I'll definitely be making these again.

Anonymous said...

Just thought I'd pop in to say that I made these as a gift for my brother and sister-in-law-- we stayed with them on a trip this past weekend-- and they LOVED them-- there were only one or two left at the end of the weekend! :)

Dreena said...

Hi Laura... you're welcome! That's a great report to hear, thanks for popping in to send it along. :)

Oh, excellent Stephanie! I guess they transported okay for you as well? What a sweet sister you are to arrive with treats!

Elza said...

So, where's the recipe?

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