Pineapple Coconut Bars

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A crisp shortbread crust is topped with a chewy gooey layer of pineapple and coconut to make these Pineapple Coconut Bars.

With a deep love of all things pineapple, I’ve been playing with the idea for Pineapple Bars for a while now and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you at last!

Chewy, sweet, Pineapple Coconut Bars are a hit with everyone!

Not too sweet and slightly tart, these bars are a fruity tropical drink in bar cookie form. I liked these bars so much that I am making them again this weekend for a family barbecue and I’ll be posting a gluten-free version next week as well.

Pineapple Recipes

When Dole asked me to create a pineapple recipe with their pineapple many years ago, my reply might have been the fastest yes I’ve ever typed. I’ve been partial to Dole ever since I started buying my own groceries.

Canned, fresh or frozen, I love pineapple in all forms. I didn’t even need to go to the store for the pineapple in this recipe. I had several cans ready to use, waiting in my pantry.

I have been on quite the pineapple kick lately, from crepes to salsa to stir-fry recipes; I can’t get enough of the sweet kick that pineapple adds to almost any recipe.

One of the reasons Dole pineapple is my favorite pineapple is because the slices, chunks, and tidbits hold their shape very well. There are never soggy or wilted pieces of fruit in the can.

I love how easy it is to just pull a bag out of the freezer or open a can and immediately get to enjoy the juicy sweet pineapple flavor I crave. As much as I enjoy fresh pineapple recipes, sometimes I just don’t have the time or energy to mess with the cutting and slicing.

I keep pineapple on hand year-round to add a sweet, tropical flavor to meals, snacks, and desserts. If you’re interested, you can check out all the pineapple recipes on my blog here.

Pineapple Coconut Bars

Coconut Recipes

Coconut and pineapple are a match made in tropical heaven. Whenever I can find a way to incorporate pineapple into coconut recipes and coconut into pineapple recipes, I go for it.

The texture of shredded sweetened coconut in these Pineapple Coconut Bars is off the charts delicious. The coconut adds a slight crunch to the smooth pineapple filling and looks pretty to boot.

I also love coconut sans pineapple and have had fun experimenting with different ways of using it in my baked goods, from Coconut Scone Cookies to Grandma’s Coconut Chews.

I’ve never met a coconut recipe I didn’t like. Next on my list to try are these Gooey Coconut Bars from Crazy for Crust.

Pineapple Coconut Bars recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

At the moment, these Pineapple Coconut Bars are all I need when it comes to fruity and tropical desserts. They’re also super easy to assemble and take less than an hour in the oven.

Perfect for parties, potlucks and afternoon snacks, everyone loves biting into these perfect pineapple coconut dessert bars. I mentioned before that they remind me of a fancy tropical drink (the Pineapple Coconut Sour cocktail) but in food form.

If that isn’t enough of a motivation to try these bars, I don’t know what is!

The flavors remind me a little of Pineapple Upside Down Cake but with a crisp, buttery crust and the perfect amount of coconut. If that sounds like your cup of tea, grab your pineapple and your shredded coconut and get baking.

Pineapple Coconut Shortbread Bars

Pineapple Coconut Bars

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the crust ingredients and press the mixture into the bottom of a well-greased or parchment-lined 10” square pan. Doubling this recipe will fill a 9×13 pan.
  2. Bake for 12 minutes (or 15 minutes for a doubled recipe).
  3. Remove from the oven and let the crust cool for 10 minutes while preparing the filling. Place the pineapple and 1 cup of shredded coconut in a bowl. Sprinkle with flour, brown sugar and salt. Stir to coat. Mix together the eggs, vanilla and lime and stir into the pineapple mixture.
  4. Pour the filling over the crust and top with the remaining coconut. Bake for 25-27 minutes, until the coconut turns golden brown. Let cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!
Pineapple Coconut Bars have been a favorite for years

If you would like to double this recipe, it will fill a standard 9×13 pan. You can make this recipe in an 8, 9 or 10-inch square pan. Simply increase the cooking times by a minute or two for slightly thicker bars in the smaller size pans.

If you are doubling the recipe, simply drain the pineapple (saving the juice for Pineapple Rice or this Smoothie or Sweet and Sour Stir Fry recipe) and use the full amount of pineapple in the can.

I highly recommend doubling the recipe, the bars freeze well and thaw perfectly in less than an hour!

Pineapple Coconut Bars

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Pineapple Coconut Shortbread Bars

Pineapple Coconut Bars

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A crisp shortbread crust is topped with a chewy gooey layer of pineapple and coconut to make these Pineapple Coconut Bars.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16 bars

Ingredients 

Crust Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter very soft or melted
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Filling Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits in 100% juice drained
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

Instructions

Crust Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the crust ingredients and press the mixture into the bottom of a well-greased or parchment lined 10” square pan. Doubling this recipe will fill a 9×13 pan. 
  • Bake for 12 minutes (or 15 minutes for a doubled recipe). Remove from the oven and let the crust cool for 10 minutes while preparing the filling.

Filling and Topping Instructions

  • Place the pineapple and 1 cup of shredded coconut in a bowl. Sprinkle with flour, brown sugar and salt. Stir to coat. Mix together the eggs, vanilla and lime and stir into the pineapple mixture.
  •  Pour the filling over the crust and top with the remaining coconut. Bake for 25-27 minutes, until the coconut turns golden brown. Let cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 238kcal · Carbohydrates: 27g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 13g · Saturated Fat: 10g · Cholesterol: 35mg · Sodium: 102mg · Potassium: 138mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 17g · Vitamin A: 225IU · Vitamin C: 3.5mg · Calcium: 24mg · Iron: 1.1mg
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{originally published 6/3/2013 – recipe notes updated 5/27/21}

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Pineapple Coconut Bars

Disclosure:  I was compensated to create a recipe for Dole Canned Pineapple (a product that I’ve used and loved in my own kitchen for years). All opinions shared about this product are my own.

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. MA says

    I rarely leave comments but my husband and I raved about this dessert when it was done. I made the dessert with blackberries instead of pineapple and it was delicious. Soft and gooey; just perfect. It is my new favorite go-to dessert. I’ll try it with other fruits as well. Thanks for a great recipe!!!5 stars

  2. Jo says

    Can’t rave enough about these! Simply delicious! I’ve made them at least 6 times since I found this recipe. Best eaten warm and alone right out of the oven!5 stars

    • Mary says

      Feel free to skip the lime or use lemon instead. I like the slight tang and balance it adds to the recipe, but it isn’t required.

  3. Sharity says

    This recipe does not say what ingredients and how much to use for gluten free
    Could you tell me what I need to use and the amount of ingredients
    Thank you

  4. Amanda says

    Fabulous recipe! I made this for my parents who love coconut and pineapple, and it was a huge hit. I added a splash of white rum to the filling and called them “Pina Colada Bars.”

    One question — if making these ahead to serve in a day or two, would you refrigerate after they cool? Thanks!

    • Mary says

      I don’t think it would hurt to keep them in the fridge and it might keep them fresh for longer. I’m glad you like them!

  5. Kathleen says

    Simply Delicious!! I don’t usually leave comments but these were so good and easy I wanted to let you know ! I didn’t have lime but used lemon instead and they were so good. I will definitely use other fruits, it will be my go to from now on! Thanks for sharing.5 stars

  6. Lynda Burns says

    There seems to be an issue with the amount of coconut. Is it suppose to have 2 cups total of coconut? Would I sprinkle on and additional cup…instructions are incomplete.

    Haven’t tasted them yet, hoping to get a quick response as they need to go into the oven

    • Mary says

      The bars have 1 cup of coconut stirred into them. Then they are topped with an additional cup of coconut. There is a total of 2 cups coconut in this recipe. (1 cup is listed for the bars and 1 cup is listed for the topping.) Enjoy!

    • Mary says

      Tidbits is actually a specific size. They are about 1/4 the size of pineapple chunks. You can find pineapple tidbits in the canned food section with the rest of the pineapple selection.

  7. NC says

    I rarely comment on recipes but OMG These were so delicious !! The recipe is a keeper for sure !! Thanks so much !!

  8. Lisa Hall says

    I am soooo excited to try this recipe. The combination of pineapple and coconut is my favorite. Thank you for sharing. I think I may add a few macadamia nuts for a little extra crunch and island feel.

  9. Courtney says

    I am making these and will be sending them to another state for friends who raved about them one other time I made them. Would they travel okay? Any tips? We simply adore these for guest dinners!5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Honestly? I’m not sure about shipping these unless you’re shipping them frozen and with overnight delivery. This is a pretty soft bar and unfortunately, they aren’t likely to travel well when they get warm, Courtney.

    • Mary Younkin says

      These bars will freeze nicely, Pat. Crushed pineapple will not work for this recipe. If you can’t find tidbits in the store, chunks may be used, just slice them smaller before using them.

  10. Beth says

    This is the recipe that pops up when clicking on the link for pineapple coconut bars on your gluten free recipe page. But this recipe doesn’t give substitutions for regular flour like your other recipes to make it gluten free,

  11. Alene says

    Hi Mary! I just love your gluten free recipes, as I have no choice but to bake gluten free. Have you substituted the 1 cup of a.p. flour for gluten free flour? I know you always mention it when you do. But these looked so delicious that I had to ask. I know shortbread batter is different than cake batter, but a girl can hope. Right? Thank you.