Coconut goodness

I’m pretty sure I’ve said before how much I prefer a coffee, caramel, vanilla, chocolate dessert to a fruity good time dessert. It’s totally true! It’s not that I don’t like fruity desserts it’s just they never sound good. Last week my friend Hannah and 2 of her kiddos came over and we ended up at New Season for a late breakfast. For some reason they were selling warm berry crisp at 10 am. I’m not sure why, however Hannah and I were pretty happy about it. It was so good! Since then I’ve had crisp on my mind!
Several months ago I was working in the test kitchen at Bob’s and we were playing the end of the week game “refrigerator bingo”. This is a pretty fun game. On Fridays we would clean out the refrigerator after a week of cooking. Most of the time the recipes we made didn’t use the whole product. So, on Friday we would go through and pull all the stuff that we weren’t going to use the next week or that would go bad by Monday and we’d take it home. It was great I didn’t grocery shop for like 2 months! By the end of my time there I ended up with 2 bags of frozen blueberries. I was tired of the blueberries being in my freezer so, today I thought I would use them.
I get a lot of my recipes from Smitten Kitchen, I love Smitten Kitchen. Her pictures are pretty, the food she makes is good, and the recipe always works! There are some blogs that have recipes that just don’t work or they are so labor intense that it makes me not want to make them. Smitten Kitchen doesn’t care for a Labor Intense recipe either! I’m pretty sure we could be friends if I lived in New York were she lives. I do think that of a lot of people who are more famous then me. For instance Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Julia Roberts but then that’s a story for another day! Anyway…She posted a couple weeks back a strawberry rhubarb crisp bars. Sounds tasty, right? I didn’t have strawberries or rhubarb but I did have blueberries! The plan was to switch out just the fruit but then Cousin Laura called and invited me to dinner. Cousin Laura happens to be vegan and if we are meeting for dinner I would like to have a dessert for her to eat. So, instead of using butter I decided to use creamed coconut and some coconut oil. Creamed coconut might just be my new favorite thing! It’s a little expensive but totally worth it!

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It’s good in everything, I really like it on hot cereal. I also really like Aunt Patty’s products. I use her cocoa powder, barley malt, molasses, she has a ton of products and you can buy most of them at Bob’s.
I was kind of worried that the bars would be dry but they ended up being the yummiest vegan thing I’ve ever made! In fact Laura said it was the best vegan dessert she’d ever had.

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Smitten Kitchen lined her pan with parchment and mixed everything in the pan. I didn’t have any parchment and didn’t want the bars to stick so I opted for a separate bowl. Both ways would work.
Here is the recipe I used, I doubled the original so I could put it in a 9 x13 pan.

Vegan Coconut Blueberry Oat Bars

2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus 1/4 cup of all purpose flour set aside
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup creamed coconut melted
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
2 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 cups blueberries

Mix your oats, 1 1/2 cups flour, brown sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Melt your creamed coconut and coconut oil. Pour coconut oil into flour oat mix and stir (I use my hands because it’s easier). Until it’s clumpy and and there aren’t any dry patches. Add remaining 1/4 cup of flour and mix. Take out about 1 cup oat mixture and set aside. Pour the rest into a greased or lined 13×9 pan. Press into pan, sprinkle your berries evenly over the crust. Drizzle the berries with lemon juice and sprinkle the cornstarch and sugar evenly over berries. Take the remaining 1 cup of crust and crumble that on top. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

A few weeks ago I also made these

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They were a little too sweet, I thought the original picture of them looked super yummy. I ate maybe 1 and a half of them, they were called brownie cookie dough sandwich cookies, I think. You can find the recipe for those here.the recipe calls for marshmallow cream. I think this might have been my first time buying marshmallow cream. It gave the filling the texture of cookie dough. They were a huge hit at work, my boss agreed they were almost sickening sweet!