Hola, everyone! We are counting the days until spring here at #CasaMarcela... and these toasted coconut mango bars are just perfect to describe our current mood! They are easy to make and the blend of coconut and mango flavors have us daydreaming of warmer days by the ocean and sand in our hair. We're sure you'll enjoy them, too!
Toasted Coconut Mango Bars
Vegetable oil, for greasing the pan
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
Two 15-ounce cans diced mango, syrup drained
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs
1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Powdered sugar, for dusting
1 cup toasted coconut
For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper and grease with vegetable oil.
In a medium bowl, sift the flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Add the butter to the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula or spoon. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake until the crust is lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly.
For the filling: Blend the mango with 2 tablespoons water in a blender.
Beat together the granulated sugar and eggs in a bowl until combined. Stir in the lemon zest and juice and mango puree. Stir in the flour.
Pour the filling over the crust. Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F and bake until the filling is set, about 25 minutes. Let cool, then refrigerate at least 1 hour before cutting the bars.
For the topping: Dust the bars with powdered sugar, sprinkle with toasted coconut and enjoy!