Lemon Blueberry Bars With Coconut Crust

I spent all morning Sunday on Pinterest. That’s pretty much all you need to know to understand the next couple of posts I have planned. Let’s just say I was REALLY hungry afterward.

These are actually more cake-like than the traditional powdered sugar dusted lemon bars – sort of like lemon brownies (these are actually what inspired me try making my own recipe). If you aren’t a fan of coconut, you could easily omit the crust – just watch the bake time closely. And if you don’t happen to have any blueberries, you could leave those out too. But personally, I think this is the perfect combination of sweet, fresh and tart.

lemon blueberry bars with coconut crust

There's a tiny hand photobombing my lemons in the background


Lemon Blueberry Bars With Coconut Crust

CRUST

1 1/2 CUP FLOUR
¾ CUP FLAKED COCONUT
½ CUP BROWN SUGAR
½ CUP BUTTER, ROOM TEMPERATURE
1 TSP SALT
2 TSP LEMON ZEST

Mix all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined. Press into a well-greased 9×13 baking dish. Put it into the fridge while you make the filling.

 FILLING

1 CUP FLOUR
1 CUP SUGAR
½ TSP SALT
¾ CUP (1 ½ STICKS) BUTTER, SOFTENED
3 EGGS
ZEST & JUICE OF 2 LEMONS
1 ½ CUPS BLUEBERRIES

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the flour, sugar, salt, and softened butter until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Pour the lemon mixture into the flour mixture. Beat at medium speed until the batter is smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Turn off mixer, fold in blueberries by hand. Spread filling over crust. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees, until the center is baked through and the edges are lightly browned. Let the bars cool completely before you try to cut them.

GLAZE

ZEST & JUICE OF HALF A LEMON
½ CUP POWDERED SUGAR
2 TABLESPOONS WATER

Wisk together until it’s all combined. Drizzle over cooled bars and spread around with the back of a spoon. Refrigerate until the glaze hardens. Eat and enjoy.

lemon blueberry bars with coconut crust

lemon blueberry bars with coconut crust

She's trying SO HARD not to touch them

lemon blueberry bars with coconut crust

She couldn't resist anymore!

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14 Responses to “Lemon Blueberry Bars With Coconut Crust”

  1. Denae says:

    Do you soak your fresh blueberries in sugar water so they arent so tart in baked goods?

    • bebehblog says:

      I didn’t, but that’s a great tip! The bar and the glaze are pretty sweet on their own in these, so the little burst of blueberry is sort of nice.

      • Denae says:

        I was all wonderful homemaker and made blueberry muffins from SCRATCH with FRESH blueberries. They tasted awful. The muffins had sugar but wasnt really sweet (the plain batter tasted good) and the blue berries were super tart. I read that I should have soaked them. Never tried it. Martha would have known better.

  2. londonmum says:

    Mmmm they look delicious. Even better is the picture of Caroline trying not to touch them :)

  3. Cole says:

    Those look incredible! I’m going to have to get Mommy to make some.

  4. Sarah says:

    Oh my goodness look at your cutie eyeing up those bars. How adorabel. This looks SO YUMMY!

    – Sarah
    agirlintransit.blogspot.com

  5. the grumbles says:

    HELLOOOOOOOO NURSE.

  6. Her face is just a picture, the mischievousness is so obvious! These look like a lovely little treat to make. Just found your blog, so many great posts.

  7. YUM! those look amazing — even though i am on a moderated food diet {thanks Thyroid gland issues} i am willing to store up some of my intake for a day to splurge on these! :) :) thanks for sharing.

  8. Wendy says:

    I’m on a diet!!
    Pinning this one for later!!

  9. Nicole says:

    This looks delish!

  10. Amy says:

    These look so great! And I love the picture with Caroline.

  11. Kimberly says:

    I made these today and just tried them out, they are FABULOUS! My husband is sitting here going, “Wow. These are good. Really, really, really good…” Thanks for sharing!

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