Pineapple Coconut Bars — Eat your piña colada rather than drinking one with these fast, EASY, no-mixer bars that taste TROPICAL!! Pineapple, coconut, white chocolate, and cherries!!
Pineapple Coconut Seven Layer Bars
I combined my love of pina coladas and seven layer bars into a fast, easy, no-mixer dessert that tastes like the tropics. These pineapple coconut bars are like eating a pina colada rather than drinking one.
Like any good hello dolly, magic, or seven layer bar (the names are different but the concept is the same), this one starts with a buttery graham cracker crust and then I took a tropical turn.
I topped the crust with crushed pineapple, maraschino cherries, white chocolate chips, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk. There are so many flavors and textures in every bite. Extremely soft, chewy, creamy, and fabulous.
What’s in Pineapple Coconut Bars?
To make this fabulous piña colada dessert, you’ll need:
- Graham cracker crumbs
- Canned crushed pineapple
- Maraschino cherries
- White chocolate chips
- Sweetened shredded coconut flakes
- Sweetened condensed milk
How to Make Pineapple Coconut Bars
Combine the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs, then press into the bottom of an 8×8-inch baking dish. Evenly sprinkle with the pineapple, cherries, white chocolate chips, and coconut. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over top.
Bake the bars until lightly golden brown around edges and barely bubbling in the center, and the center is mostly set. Place the pan on a wire rack and allow bars to cool for at least 2 hours, or overnight, before slicing and serving.
Can I Double This Recipe?
Yes, simply double the ingredients list and bake the bars in a 9×13-inch pan. The bake time should remain roughly the same.
Tips for Making Pineapple Coconut Magic Bars
I urge you to line your baking pan with aluminum foil when you’re making the bars because the sweetened condensed milk caramelizes while baking and will stick like crazy to an unlined pan.
Keep a very close eye on the bars in the last 10 minutes of baking. All ovens vary and coconut can go from raw-looking to burnt in one minute. If necessary, tent the pan (cover pan with a sheet of foil) in the last 5 minutes of baking to help prevent coconut from burning.
The longer you can wait before slicing into these pineapple coconut magic bars, the better, because they’re extremely soft coming out of the oven. Even hours (and days) later, they stay very soft.
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Pina Colada Seven Layer Bars
- ¼ cup butter, melted (I use unsalted, but salted tames some of the sweetness)
- ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
- one 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained extremely well
- heaping 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, halved
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes, measured loosely and not packed
- two-thirds of one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk, eyeball it
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside. Do not skip lining your pan because clean-up will be a beast.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
- Add the graham crackers crumbs and toss lightly with a fork to coat crumbs evenly.
- Turn mixture out into prepared pan, forming an even, smooth, flat crust layer by tapping crumbs into place with a spatula or your fingertips. The amount of crust is skimpy and barely covers the pan, but it’s okay.
- Evenly sprinkle with the pineapple, cherries, white chocolate chips, and coconut.
- Evenly drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the top.
- Bake for about 30 to 34 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around edges and barely bubbling in the center, and the center is mostly set. Keep an extremely close eye on bars in the final 10 minutes of baking because coconut can go from raw-looking to burnt in one minute. If necessary, tent the pan (cover pan with a sheet of foil) in the last 5 minutes of baking to help prevent coconut from burning.
- Place pan on a wire rack and allow bars to cool in pan for at least 2+ hours, or overnight, before slicing and serving. Bars firm up and will look less ‘juicy’ as they cool yet stay very soft for days.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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